ABOUT COSTA RICA
The natural beauty, stunning beaches, pleasant climate and the peaceful easy going nature of Costa Ricans make the country an attractive, must see destination.
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ABOUT COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is one of the world's most unique tourist destinations. The natural beauty, stunning beaches, pleasant climate and the peaceful easy going nature of Costa Ricans make the country an attractive, must see part of the world.
  • Social and political stability, it’s the oldest Democracy in Latin America.
  • Strategic geographic location.
  • Unique natural attractions.
  • Tremendous diversity in a small territory: Steaming volcanoes, mountains, rivers, Pacific and Atlantic Coast, micro climates, rain forest, cloud forest and dry forest.
  • Costa Rica has nearly 5% of the world’s species of flora and fauna in 0.03% of the earth’s surface. It has a wide diversity of habitats, climates and scenery.
  • Rich natural and scenic heritage is protected in a country-wide system of national parks and private reserves. It has more preserved nature than any other country.
  • Unrivaled adventure activities: forest hikes, whitewater rafting, zip lining by the tree canopy and all ocean adventures like scuba diving, sea kayaking, swimming, surfing, etc.
  • Natural hospitality: Survey after survey, the innate friendliness of the Costa Rican people is cited as one of our country’s greatest assets.
  • Excellent medical services.
  • Environmental Performance Index:

    • 5th in the world.
    • 1st in Latin America.
    • 30% of the budget is invested in education. Best educational system in Latin America, 36th worldwide, World Economic Forum, 2007-2008.

 HOW TO GET THERE

Air travel to Costa RicaMore than 30 international flights arrive daily into Costa Rica from airlines all over the world. Costa Rica is:

  • 2.5 hours by air from Miami.
  • 7 hours from Los Angeles.
  • 11 hours from London (with stopovers). 21 hours from Australia (with stopovers).

There are 2 International Airports in Costa Rica:

  • Juan Santamaría International Airport just outside the capital, San José.
  • Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.
BEFORE YOU GET THERE
 WHAT TO BRING
  1. Be prepared for temperatures from the low 50s to the low 90s (10-35 C), and everything in between. It’s all part of the fun!.
  2. Rapid changes in temperature and the probability of rain mean you need to be prepared. Bring light weight, fast drying clothing. If possible try to fit everything into one carry-on and one checked bag.
  3. Domestic and charter flights, as well as water-taxis within Costa Rica impose luggage weight restrictions (roughly 25 pounds per person). Extra items or articles of clothing can be left in your hotel in San José or at Horizontes.

 TRAVELERS CHECKLIST

 INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS


Visa requirements:

  • When traveling with a passport, citizens of the U.S., Canada and most Latin American and European countries may stay in Costa Rica for 90 days.
  • No visa is necessary for travelers from the U.S., Canada and Western Europe.
  • Citizens from some Latin American, Asian, African, and Eastern European countries may require visas, which can be obtained at a Costa Rican Consulate.
  • Health.
  • Costa Rica takes pride in their health standards and is one of the healthiest countries in Central America and the developing world.
  • Yellow Fiber Vaccine: The Costa Rican Health Ministry requires to take it at least 10 days prior to arrival to the country for visitors incoming from: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Peru, Venezuela, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Congo, Sierra Leona and Sudan. Read more.
  • Prescription medication: have your doctor give you a spare prescription with a note suggesting an alternative medication if your first choice isn’t available.
  • Private and public hospitals in Costa Rica do treat foreign visitors. Many Costa Rican doctors speak English. You are required to pay all doctor and hospital bills when you are treated. Private hospitals take credit cards but public hospitals do not.

 PUBLIC SAFETY AND PERSONAL SECURITY


Money and Banking:

  • The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon; however American dollars are also accepted in most parts.
  • The best place to change money is your hotel. Never change money on the street. Passport is required to cash traveler’s checks or to make other transactions.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted in San José but not in all rural areas. Some hotels and other businesses may charge a service fee for a transaction paid by credit card. Traveler’s checks are widely accepted in hotels but not by other businesses.
  • ATMs are widespread in San José but not in rural areas.
  • To view the most up to date exchange rates, please visit: http://www.bancobcr.com/in/Banco de Costa Rica - Home.html


Electricity

  • The electrical system is compatible with that of North America, 110 volts. If you have equipment that needs this three hole plugs, better bring an adapter.
 IMPORTANT LEGISLATURE


Law against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:
Horizontes carries out its tourist activities under the strictest guidelines of respect toward Laws No. 8204 of Narcotics, psychotropic substances, drugs of unauthorized use, legitimization of capital and connected activities. As well as Law No 7476 against Sexual Harassment in the work place and in education and Law No 7899 against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Law on Narcotics, Psychotropic Substances and Drugs of Unauthorized Use:
In Costa Rica, the use, possession, traffic and commercialization of narcotics, psychotropic substances and drugs of unauthorized use susceptible of producing a physical or psychological codependency are illegal.

Law against Sexual Harassment in the Work Place and in Education:
The company will severely punish any sign of sexual harassment towards any person or any situation in which any of its collaborators is affected while working inside or outside the company premises.