Costa Rica Travel Planning & Travel Tips

Americans living in or visiting Costa Rica are encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy obtain updated information on travel and security within Costa Rica.

U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica 
Calle 98 Vía 104, Pavas,
San José, Costa Rica
Phone: (506) 2519-2000
Fax: (506) 2519-2305
Outside of Costa Rica: 011-506-2519-2000


Costa Rica has a dry season from December to April and a wet season from May through November with over 100 inches of rain fall annually. The country is comprised of three different climatic zones: the cold zone, the temperate zone, and the torrid zone. The northern and coastal plains are in the torrid zone, which has temperatures ranging from 84-90° F and large amounts of rainfall. In the temperate zone, from 1,500 to 5,000 ft, temperatures range from 75-80° F, with steady rains between April and November. In the higher elevations, above 5,000 ft, temperatures generally fall between 50 and 81° F. It tends to be windier in this region, but there is less rain than in the torrid and temperate zones.

Calling Internationally:

To call Costa Rica from the United States, dial the international prefix, 011; then Honduras’ country code, 506; and then the city code, then dial the actual phone number.


Electricity in Costa Rica is 120 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to Costa Rica with a device that does not accept 120 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Costa Rica generally accept a flat blade plug or two parallel flat pins with ground pin. If your plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Travel Insurance for Costa Rica Trips:

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