Traveler Tips

TRAVELER TIPS

Futuropa is an organization specialized in promoting Costa Rica as a tourist destination in Europe. The members of Futuropa Group know the needs and demands of the European traveler that wants to visit Costa Rica. They are dedicated to providing information in several languages, maintaining a high standard of quality in their services and operating their companies ethically, in both their relations with the tourist and their business partners.
The Futuropa Group also actively supports the implementation of sustainable tourism practices amongst its participants.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To enter Costa Rica, European citizens require a passport with a validity of at least six months after their arrival in the country. Maximum stay authorized without a visa is 90 days. Also, if you travel via the United States, regulations for that country should be taken into consideration.

The main requirements to enter Costa Rica are:

  • Passport valid for six months upon entry
  • Entrance and departure ticket
  • No European country, except Russia, requires a visa to enter Costa Rica

AIRPORTS IN CR

Juan Santamaría International Airport is the main airport of Costa Rica. It is located in the province of Alajuela, 18 km from the capital city of San Jose. This terminal has won several awards including: Third Best Airport in its category and fourth best airport overall in the Americas.
The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, also known as Liberia International Airport, is the second largest airport in Costa Rica. Located in Liberia, Guanacaste, the Liberia International Airport is about 217 km (135 miles) northwest of the capital city of San Jose. It functions mainly as a hub to serve the growing number of tourists who come to enjoy the great sunny weather and spectacular beaches of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula. Arriving at Liberia International Airport is the fastest way to get to places like Tamarindo, Playas del Coco, the Papagayo Gulf, Playa Flamingo, Playa Samara and the Las Baulas (Leatherback sea turtles) Marine National Park.

  • Taxis Airport-San José: US$15-$20
  • Buses Alajuela-San José (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.), stop at the airport every 30 minutes.
  • Departure tax: US$29.00 per person.

FLIGHTS CONNECTIONS

  • British Airways: London. Three weekly flights
  • Edelweiss: Two weekly flights
  • KLM: From October 31. Two weekly flights
  • Thomson Airways: London Gatwick – Liberia (one weekly frequency)
  • Iberia: Spain – San José, daily
  • Condor: (4 frequencies) 3 frequencies San José – Frankfurt and y 1 frequency San José Munich (from November 2016).
  • Air France: (From November 2nd, 2016) Two direct weekly flights in low season

RENTAL CAR INFORMATION

Costa Rica’s extensive road network allows you to discover every corner of the country on your own in a rented vehicle. The main roads and highways are mostly in good condition, but secondary roads are often gravel and not in the best state. It is recommended to rent a 4×4 vehicle to move comfortably throughout the entire nation any time of year. Although road signage is continually improving, most rental car companies offer a GPS for hire, which greatly helps with orientation and directions. Along with a rented vehicle, you can enjoy an “Open Voucher” program. Costs are reduced and the program is flexible to suit your tastes. Many rental car companies apply compensation programs for CO2 emissions produced by their operations.
Customers who wish to contribute to environmental protection can take this criterion into account when selecting a vehicle rental company.

WHAT TO PACK

  • What to Pack

    We recommend travelling with two pieces of luggage – a main suitcase and a
    sports bag for short trips of one or more days. On some excursions, or for boat
    transfers and domestic flights, there are luggage limitations of 12 kg per person.
    Your main suitcase can be stored safely in your hotel in San Jose at no additional
    cost. It is common on a trip to Costa Rica to use various means of transportation,
    such as boats, buses or airplanes. To facilitate passenger mobility, it is helpful to
    carry luggage of a reasonable size and weight. In addition to personal items, it is
    recommended to pack:

    Sturdy shoes or good sports shoes
    A jacket or a warm pullover to visit the volcanoes and higher elevation areas
    Long pants and a light pullover or long-sleeved shirt for hikes in the forest
    Light summer clothing
    Swimsuit
    Hat or cap
    Pair of sandals that are good for walking and beach
    A raincoat or rain poncho
    Flashlight or torch
    Anti-mosquito repellent
    Sun block or sun cream
    Binoculars
    Camera

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