Travel Tips

Pasión Costa Rica, January 2023

Tips for Travelers

The Costa Rican Tourist Board Security Passport contains key information for tourists to have a more pleasant visit in our country, which is why we have highlighted some key points of this document below. 

  • Belongings: Always be aware of your belongings. Don’t leave unattended your possessions whenever you are in a public area.
  • Money: When using ATMs, be sure to count and put away your money before you leave. The ATMs are closed from 22:00 to 06:00.
  • Documents: Have a copy of your passport and relevant information as a backup. If you misplace your passport during your stay, immediately report it to your embassy or consulate and to the closest Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) office.
  • Buses: Verify your route and destination prior to boarding. Never leave your luggage unattended at the bus terminal.
  • Horseback riding: Wear long pants, durable shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent. Do not shout or make sudden movements near the horse, as you could startle it. Horses respond best to riders that are gentle, but firm. Make sure that the saddle, reins, and stirrups are firmly in place.
  • Canopy: It is recommended to wear long pants. Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Verify that the equipment, cables, and platforms are in good condition. Always check that the harness, helmet, and security cable are properly in place before pushing off.
  • Walking: Wear hiking boots, with tread. Wear light pants and shirt (avoid wearing jeans), cap or brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and bring a poncho. Bring a small knapsack with snacks and water. Dehydrated fruits or canned products are best. If weather forecasts predict rain, or if there is mud, bring a change of clothes.   

See the complete list on ICT’s official website: 

Emergency Contacts

  • Emergencies: 911

  • Costa Rica Tourism Board: +506 2299-5800

  • Canadian Embassy: +506 2242-4400

  • French Embassy: +506 2224-4105

  • German Embassy: +506 2290-9092

  • Great Britain Embassy: +506 2258-2055

  • Italian Embassy: +506 2224-6574

  • Netherland Embassy: +506 2296-1490

  • Spanish Embassy: +506 2221-0137

  • United States Embassy: +506 2519-2000

If the number of your embassy is not in the list, you can call 800-tourism 800-868 7476

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