Costa Rica

Capital San José

Population 4,890,379

Area 51,100 km2

Key facts

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America. There are 2 countries (Nicaragua, Panama) that Costa Rica shares its borders with. The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Costa Rica was ranked 44th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Costa Rica is Costa Rican colón (CRC). The colón (₡) is subdivided into 100 céntimo (₡).

Costa Rican
Banknotes

₡1000₡2000₡5000₡10000₡20000₡50000

Costa Rican
Coins

₡1₡5₡10₡20₡50₡100₡500

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Costa Rica is 130.66 Mbps and mobile is 51.05 Mbs.The global average is 192.75 Mbps and 130.75 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, Costa Rica has more ATMs.64.83 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Costa Rica, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Costa Rica. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2024, Costa Rica will celebrate 11 national public holidays. The next one Annexation of the Party of Nicoya to Costa Rica will take place on July 29.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayAño Nuevo
March 28, 2024Moving holiday Maundy ThursdayJueves Santo
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayViernes Santo
April 15, 2024Moving holiday Juan Santamaría DayDía de Juan Santamaría
May 1, 2024Moving holiday Labour DayDía Internacional del Trabajo
July 29, 2024Moving holiday Annexation of the Party of Nicoya to Costa RicaAnexión del Partido de Nicoya a Costa Rica
August 2, 2024 Feast of Our Lady of the AngelsFiesta de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles
August 19, 2024Moving holiday Mother’s DayDía de la Madre
September 15, 2024Moving holiday Independence DayDía de la Independencia
December 1, 2024Moving holiday Army Abolition DayDía de la Abolición del Ejército
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayNavidad

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Costa Rica?

There are Mariott hotels in 2 cities: Heredia and Herradura.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Costa Rica.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Costa Rica.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Costa Rica.

There are Radisson hotels in San José.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Costa Rica.

What fast food chains are present in Costa Rica?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Costa Rica.

The KFC chain operates in Costa Rica.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Costa Rica.

The Subway chain operates in Costa Rica.

The Domino’s Pizza chain does not operate in Costa Rica.

The Starbucks chain operates in Costa Rica.

Weather

What is the weather like in San José?

Today the sun in San José, rises at 5:14 AM and sets at 5:54 PM. The climate of San José may be categorized as a equatorial monsoon (Am), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayMay 30ThunderstormLow: 19.1°C (66.38°F)High: 24.1°C (75.38°F)
FridayMay 31ThunderstormLow: 18.2°C (64.76°F)High: 25.6°C (78.08°F)
SaturdayJun 1ThunderstormLow: 20.2°C (68.36°F)High: 27.6°C (81.68°F)
SundayJun 2ThunderstormLow: 19.3°C (66.74°F)High: 26.5°C (79.7°F)
MondayJun 3Rain showersLow: 20.5°C (68.9°F)High: 24.7°C (76.46°F)
TuesdayJun 4ThunderstormLow: 19.2°C (66.56°F)High: 24.3°C (75.74°F)

Weather data for San José (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is not available in Costa Rica.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Costa Rica.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.5, Costa Rica is placed 107th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Costa Rica traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  386.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 14.80 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.74.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Costa Rica

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage is decriminalized, and medical use is legal.

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