A rugged, rainforested country with coastlines on both the Caribbean and Pacific, it’s no wonder that Costa Rica is famous for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. A quarter of the country is covered in protected jungle, home to a rich abundance of wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers to explore. Its capital, San Jose, features cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and ornate Spanish colonial monuments and architecture.


  • Capital: San José
  • Currency: Costa Rican colón
  • Time Difference: 7 hours BEHIND BST, and 6 hours BEHIND GMT. Costa Rica does not observe Daylight Saving, remaining the same time throughout the year.
  • Flight time: You can fly direct to San Jose in just over 11 and a half hours
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Entry requirements: No visa is required for stays up to 90 days. Your passport must have at least one day's validity from date of exit.
  • Vaccinations and Health: For up-to-date information, please check this website (as recommended by the Foreign Office): https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/58/costa-rica#Vaccine_recommendations
    General information on travel vaccinations can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/

To find out more, and for the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/costa-rica

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