Costa Rica means "rich coast" and a more suitable title would be hard to find, particularly
as it relates to the country’s excessive wealth and abundance in natural beauty.
Bordered on its eastern coast by the sparkling sapphire seas and natural coral reefs
of the Caribbean and on the west by the vast, calm waters of the Pacific, the entire
country is blessed with vast network of beaches and coves.
The new international airport in Liberia has opened up the huge province of Guanacaste,
with its 300 km of warm Pacific shoreline and 70 beaches, to a wider audience.
The Gulf of Papagayo is home to many of the province’s finest beaches including
Playas del Coco; this was one of the first tourist areas of Guanacaste province
and as a result, many bars, cafes and restaurants maintain a true Costa Rican feel
to them. This area also remains a relatively busy fishing port, which contributes
to its authentic feel.
Other beaches are Playa Hermosa, "beautiful beach", stretching 1.5 km and well shaded,
it’s sheltered by a bay and the water is quite calm; Playa Panama, is a secluded
cove surrounded by shade-giving trees; Playa Flamingo is a long ribbon of white
sand beach; Playa Tamarindo is a perennial mecca for surfers.
It would be impossible to list all of the many natural riches that bless this country.
Most noteworthy is the Parque Nacional Arenal, anchored by a superb, classic-looking
cone shaped volcano which remains active. From the Mirador observation point you
can experience the powerful strength of this mighty crater as the earth rumbles
under foot and you observe great surges of lava flowing from its peak.
The Monteverde Nature Reserve is unique in that it allows tourists to hike its trails
and experience the splendor of this thick tropical rainforest, but retains its ecological
integrity by strictly limiting the number of visitors each day.
Some hotels have smoking restrictions and designated areas have
been assigned at some hotels.
Language spoken in Costa Rica Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas.
Currency and exchange used in Costa Rica
The Costa Rican Colon is the local currency, although US dollars is recommended.
Most hotels have a money exchange office on site. Visa and MasterCard are the most
widely accepted credit cards. ATM's are not easy to find and the Cirrus system is
not compatible everywhere.
Voltage in Costa Rica
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Weather in Costa Rica The average temperature in Costa Rica is 22 degrees
Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit) with seasonal fluctuations of 4 – 6 degrees depending
on the month. While on vacation in Costa Rica, most months of the year visitors
should pack clothes for swimming and warm weather. For December and January some
nights may require a light garment. While the average temperature in Costa Rica
makes this an ideal vacation destination we recommend that you apply plenty of sunscreen,
drink lots of water and relax.
While on vacation in Costa Rica
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Costa
Rica to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception.
Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not
be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that
you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Costa Rica, your hotel services,
money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about the departure
procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend yours.
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Costa Rica should
you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or
binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Costa Rica. Most hotels
offer bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's
shop and in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are
generally made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Costa Rica can be quite expensive. It is recommended
to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when
calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents.
Some hotels in Costa Rica provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others
may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware
that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere.
Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation
that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do
not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is
similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude
and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your
hotel to reconfirm your flight from Costa Rica and its departure time. As a friendly
reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any
articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat
selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously
booked and paid for prior to your departure.