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From scenic mountains, lush jungles, coastal beaches and tropical climate, Costa Rica is a thrill seekers paradise.

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Reliably sunny, dry weather brings planeloads of sun-starved Northerners to the North Pacific area of Costa Rica every winter, and a windswept coastline makes Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula popular with surfers eager to relive the legendary "Endless Summer" of the sport's early years.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the entry date to Costa Rica and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Departure tax is USD $29 per person, and may be paid in U.S. dollars, colones or with a credit card.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Centers for Disease Control at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 76° to 78°
October through April: 75° to 78°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Local Currency: Colón

Currency Information: The Costa Rican currency is called colon. In all resort areas, U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America standard.

Time Zone: Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time and does not practice Daylight Savings Time.

Local Language: Spanish

Transportation: Public transportation, rental cars and taxis are available. Gasoline is expensive in Costa Rica, so inquire about the fare before taking a taxi.


The high season in Guanacaste runs from mid-December through April.

Visiting this region for 10 days to two weeks will introduce you to its wonders and give you a real taste of the North Pacific. Schedule plenty of beach time for lounging, sunbathing, surfing, diving, and snorkeling. A beach like Tamarindo with lots of restaurants and nightlife can keep you entertained for a week or more. Also plan to visit some protected areas to enjoy canopy tours, wildlife viewing, and hiking. Outdoorsy types should consider spending a few days around Rincón de la Vieja National Park for its amazing hiking, bird-watching, and horseback riding. Other parks to consider are Palo Verde National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, and Barra Honda National Park. Many North Pacific beaches are just a few hours' drive from the Arenal Volcano area , so the region can be combined with the Northern Plains.

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Top Experiences

  • Beaches : White sand, black sand; palm-fringed strands; beaches for swimming, partying, surfing, and sunbathing—the sheer variety of Guanacaste's beaches can't be beat.

  • Big Wind : From December to May, the trade winds whip across northern Guanacaste with a velocity and consistency that make the Bahía Salinas a world-class windsurfing and kitesurfing destination.

  • Endangered Nature : Guanacaste's varied national parks protect some of Central America's last remaining patches of tropical dry forest, a distinctive ecosystem where you might spot magpie jays or howler monkeys in the branches of a gumbo-limbo tree.

  • Scuba Diving : Forget the pretty tropical fish. Sharks, rays, sea turtles, and moray eels are the large-scale attractions for divers here.

  • Surfing : Offshore winds, warm water, and hollow barrels make for epic waves at more than a dozen Guanacaste beaches.

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Make the most of your vacation by including an activity when you book your package. Please note, activities and tour credits are only available with a vacation package.

Destination Services Tours

With the purchase of a Costa Rica vacation package, Costco members are eligible for special tour pricing through Destination Services. Once you book your Costa Rica vacation package, visit to view the tour options and book your excursion. Tours also may be booked upon arrival in Costa Rica by contacting a Destination Services representative during your welcome briefing, or by phone at (506) 2668-0018, (506) 8917-2223 or (506) 8725-8922 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. For all tours, space is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Please reconfirm your tour reservations at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure time.

Additional Information

Tour Details
The following Destination Services tours range in price from $70 - $90 per person:
  • Pura Vida Sunset Cruise
  • Palo Verde Sunset Cruise

The following Destination Services tours range in price from $100 - $140 per person:
  • Buena Vista Mega Combo
  • White Water Rafting
  • Discover Nicaragua
  • Arenal Wonders
  • Monteverde Skywalk
  • Sloth Adventure

Please note not all tours operate daily and restrictions (age, weight, etc.) may apply. Please speak with Destination Services for complete details.


Region: Guanacaste
Transfer Company: Destination Services
Telephone: 506 2668 0018

Oficentro La Virgen
Edificio 3
Pavas, San Jose
Costa Rica
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