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Costa Rica

Costa Rica is held up as the shining example of eco-tourism and justifiedly so; it is even rumoured they invented it! A true paradise of 'pura vida', as the Ticos say. Paradise on earth ? Possibly. There are many beautiful places on the globe how would like to claim that title, so let's just say: Costa Rica comes very close. Tropical forests populated by colorful and fascinating animals, dormant volcanoes and an ultra-friendly local population, it will soon be apparent that travelling Costa Rica is a real pleasure. Have you heard of endless beaches and amazing food? Or maybe you're the active type and you focus on adventure? Costa Rica will gladly surprise you. Its pristine national parks and protected areas and the xperiences they offer will take your breath away.   Add to that the hospitable inhabitants and the relaxed rhythm  and soon you will agree with us: Costa Rica is a paradise on earth where "pura vida" is much more than a concept. Enjoy!

Hotels & Meals

Costa Rican cuisine is a blend of Native American, Spanish, African and many other cuisine origins. Dishes such as the very traditional tamale and many others made of corn are the most representative of its indigenous inhabitants, and similar to other neighboring Meso-American countries. Spaniards brought many new ingredients to the country from other lands, especially spices and domestic animals. And later in the 19th century, the African flavor lent its presence with influence from other Caribbean mixed flavors. This is how Costa Rican cuisine today is very varied, with every new ethnic group who had recently become part of the country's population influencing the country's cuisine.

(Wikipedia)


Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages and valid for 3 months (for departure from Costa Rica) or 6 months (for departure from Nicaragua) after your return flight date. 
  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
  • Please note there is a departure tax when you leave the country: 29 USD (01/02/17)

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements , please surf to www.itg.be.

Time Zones

  • -7h (winter)
  • -8h (summer)

Currency

Currency
  • Costa Rica: Colon (CRC); 100 CRC = 0,146 EUR * 1 EUR = 653,59 CRC (22/11/17).
Payment Methods

The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".

Climate

Pleasant subtropical climate with micro climates which imply that weather changes are quick and unforeseen. Along the coastline you may expect warm and tropical weather, the central plateau is cooler, in the mountains it can get chilly. Rain season stretches from May to November. High season: November - April.

Average Temperatures (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Jose 25 26 28 30 30 28 28 28 27 26 26 25
Puerto Limon 27 28 28 28 27 27 26 26 27 27 28 28
Tamarindo 32 32 33 33 31 31 30 30 30 30 30 30
Bocas del Toro 30 31 32 33 31 30 30 30 30 30 29 29
Léon 31 31 33 34 33 31 31 31 31 31 31 30

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