Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page. Costa Rica has a tropical climate with high temperature humidity and rainfall. The average temperature is 21°C in the highlands and variable in the lowlands. The rainy season is from May to November and the summer from December to April, but it does still tend to rain, usually in short bursts. Bear in mind that Costa Rica has 12 microclimates and weather can vary significantly in one day.
Lightweight clothing is essential in midsummer though a warmer jumper is advisable for cooler evenings in the highlands (Monteverde can be very cool at night). A good waterproof is essential, and you could consider waterproof trousers. The jungle lowlands are hot and muggy, and it can rain at any time of year. Long trousers and long-sleeved shirts are recommended on jungle walks. Please be aware there is a reasonably priced / fast laundry in La Fortuna / Arenal.
Lightweight trail/walking boots for jungle walks, comfortable shoes/trainers and sandals. In the rainy season waterproof boots are recommended.
Luggage - 20kg- Recommended
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of luggage and a daysac. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage - don't overload yourself.
We recommend a sunhat, sunscreen, a small umbrella, a torch, insect repellent, a travel adaptor and a water bottle. Binoculars are essential for bird and animal spotting, and, for those interested, we also recommend bringing snorkelling equipment for your time at Manuel Antonio National Park.
Tipping isn't compulsory, but tour leaders work hard to ensure that you enjoy your trip to the fullest. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a Tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between $20 to $25 per person per week as a guideline
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour. Accordingly, you should allow US$ 40, approx. 23'450 Colones for group tipping For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.
Food and drink
The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.
Lunch price Dinner price - $ 16-20
Local currency - Costa Rican Colon (CRC)
Recommended Currency For Exchange
You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at the airport. Here you will find both ATMs and Bureau de Change. USD are accepted in some shops / restaurants. We recommend you take some emergency cash in USD. Notes should be in good condition otherwise they may not be accepted. Please check on line for up to date information
Where To Exchange - Tour Leader will advise you on arrival.
ATM Availability - ATMs can be found in the major towns and cities for cash withdrawals in Colones. Always have some cash back up as they are not always reliable
Credit Card Acceptance - Credit card are widely accepted in many shops and restaurants but some may be subject to a service charge
Travellers Cheques - We do not recommend Travellers Cheques
Visa and Passport Information
Costa Rica: Citizens from the UK, US, Canada and most EU countries do not require a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Citizen of Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland do not require a visa for stays up to 30 days. Rest nationals to check for their visa eligibility
It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.