The official language spoken in Costa Rica is Spanish, however on its Caribbean coast the main language is English.
Name: Costa Rican colón
740₡ is approx £1
Time Zone: Central Time Zone (UTC-06:00)
Fancy a cold one? The typical cost of a domestic beer in Costa Rica is 1,155₡ (approx £1.56) but if you want a taste of home, imported beers will cost around 1,766₡ (approx £2.38).
The cost of a budget meal in Costa Rica is around 4,000₡ on average (approx £5.39). Step it up a notch and have a three course feast in a restaurant? This will set you back 9,000₡ (approx £12.14).
If you're looking to catch a taxi, a normal tariff starts at 640₡ (approx 86p) with each extra km costing around 650₡ (approx 87p).
Public transport in Costa Rica costs around 400₡ (approx 54p) one-way. If you're sticking around a while (why wouldn't you) Get a monthly pass for 29,000₡ (approx £39.11).
The cost of a dorm bed in Costa Rica starts from 4,611₡ (approx £6.22) a night. In need of some peace? A basic room with a private bathroom will cost around 11,527₡ (approx £15.56).
Want a taste of the high life for the night? Stay right on Costa Rica's tropical beaches in a luxury cabin from 46,109₡ (approx £62.18). YOLO...
You can fly to the capital San Jose from a number of US airports, and from there you can explore Costa Rica and the rest of Central America with ease. Whatever fare you're looking for, returns, multi-stops or student tickets...you name it, we got it! Search to find the cheapest flights to Costa Rica with exclusive fares for students and those under 26.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate, so it has rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season starts from mid-May to the end of November, with the highest amount of rainfall between August and November. It's still good to visit the coastal and touristy areas during the early part of the low season but off the beaten track travel becomes harder. The best surfing can also be found on the Pacific coast during this time. Dry season between December and April still sees some tropical showers but this is peak time to travel. Book your accommodation well in advance if travelling during this time.