Practical tips for first-time travelers to Costa Rica

You are considering a Costa Rica destination wedding, but you have not traveled to Costa Rica before and you are now wondering what you – and your guests – need to know before traveling to Costa Rica?  This article explains you about the travel documents that you need for Costa Rica, which languages they speak and what currencies are used.

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Travel Documents

A valid passport is needed when entering Costa Rica. The customs officer stamps your passport and writes a number in the stamp. This is your tourist visa; the number states the amount of days that you are allowed to stay in Costa Rica. This will be maximum 90 days. It is strongly advised to already have your return flight ticket at hand, so that you can proof your departure date. Costa Rica customs is trying to reduce the amount of ‘perpetual tourists’, which is also the reason why in some case they ask for a valid credit card or USD 500, – in cash. However, this rarely happens when entering Costa Rica by plane (it is more likely when entering Costa Rica over land).

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Driver’s license

You can just use your driver’s license from your home country in case you are planning on driving in Costa Rica. Anyone over the age of 18 years (with a valid driver’s license) is allowed to drive in Costa Rica. However, you must be 21 years or older if want to rent a car.


The official language in Costa Rica is Spanish. English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and stores located in tourist destinations. Basically all professional guided tours in Costa Rica are also available with an English speaking guide.


The Costa Rican Colon (CRC) is the official currency of Costa Rica. However, US Dollars are widely accepted everywhere in the country.

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