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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does 'Pura Vida' mean?
    Simply translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life”, but in Costa Rica, it is more than just a saying – it is a way of life. Costa Ricans (Ticos) use this expressions as a greeting, a farewell and as a way to express gratitude or satisfaction. It can also refer to someone who is nice and friendly.
  • Do I need a passport to enter Costa Rica?
    A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica.
  • What are the Covid-19 entry requirements?
    Most recently updated government website can be found here.
  • Can I use my cellphone in Costa Rica
    You may use you cell phone in Costa Rica but the international rates may be quite high. It is best to buy a prepaid phone at the airport when you arrive through Kolbi (ICE), Claro, and/or Movistar. Another option is to bring an UNLOCKED cell phone, and buy a SIM prepaid card in the baggage section of the airport. T-mobile and AT&T use the SIM/GSM technology; Verizon phones do not have SIM cards and will not work. At the airport, you may ask for the various SIM prepaid cards offered and it will be inserted in your handset. Some of them will include internet access.
  • Can I use my smartphone in Costa Rica?
    As with your cell phone, you may use your smart phone but the data roaming charges can be quite high. Many Internet cafes, restaurants, attractions, airports and hotels offer free Wi-Fi where you may connect to the local system. Make sure to keep you smart phone in Airplane Mode to avoid unnecessary roaming charges.
  • What timezone is it in Costa Rica?
    Costa Rica does not practice Daylight Savings Time (DST). Costa Rica is on the CST timezone - "Central Standard Time" at GMT-6.
  • What number should I dial in case of an emergency?
    Dial 911 for immediate assistance.
  • What are the medical facilities like in Costa Rica?
    Hospitals are located in most of the major cities. Where there are not hospitals, you will find a clinic (clínica), which offer basic medical attention. Costa Rica has socialized health care that entitles all citizens to medical treatment, a fact that ranks the country very high in worldwide health care standards. A full list of private and public hospitals, as well as physicians, can be found on the US Embassy’s page. To learn more about the local medical facilities
  • Is there ambulance service in Costa Rica?
    The Red Cross provides ambulance service throughout Costa Rica – they may be reached directly by calling 128.
  • Can I enter Costa Rica with a one-way ticket?
    All visitors must have an entry and exit ticket, whether it is by air or by land, as the case may be, as a requirement to entre the country.
  • How can I apply for legal residency in Costa Rica?
    All residency applications are processed by the Costa Rican Department of Immigration (Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria In the past the Department of Immigration required that applications be filed in your country of origin through the Costa Rican Consular Office in your country of origin. Under the current law the Department of Immigration will, for a fee, accept applications filed directly in Costa Rica with the Department of Immigration. Pensianado Residency or Rentista Residency is available If you are planning to retire in Costa Rica and you have a pension or you receive investment income.
  • How long can I stay in Costa Rica?
    Citizens from most countries can stay for up to 90 days in Costa Rica. Citizens from some countries are allowed to stay for a maximum of 30 days, although they have the option to apply for an extension once inside the country. Refer to the Costa Rican embassy page and find your country: If I decided to stay longer, can I get a visa while I am there? You have to leave the country for 72 hours and upon returning to Costa Rica the permit will be renewed automatically for 90 more days.
  • Are there English written newspapers?
    The Tico Times.
  • Do I need an international driver's license to drive in Costa Rica?
    You are permitted to drive with your country of origin drivers license for three months.
  • What is the difference between the rain forest and the cloud forest?
    Simple! In the cloud forest, it doesn´t rain as much as in the rain forest. The species of flora and fauna that you might find differ from one to the other.
  • Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica?
    The water is potable in most of the country. We recommend using bottled water, specially in areas around the coast.
  • What is the currency in Costa Rica?
    The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. $1 is about the equivalent of 600CRC
  • How much should I tip after a meal?
    In nearly all restaurants a 10% service tax and a 13% sales tax will be included into your bill. Since the base tip is included in your bill, any additional tip should be based upon your amount of satisfaction.
  • What is the sales tax in Costa Rica?
    Sales tax is 13%
  • Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier?
    Outlets are 110V, with standard US two prong plugs.
  • What documents are required to enter with a pet to Costa Rica?
    Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, endorsed by a veterinarian service (VS) veterinarian. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to traveling to Costa Rica. The required vaccinations are: distemper, hepatitis, lestospirosis, parvovirus and rabies (for animals 4 months or older).
  • How can I get a working visa?
    You must apply for a working visa at the Costarican Consulate.
  • How much is the departure tax?
    Departura tax is included in flight costs. No additional departure tax shall be charged.

CINDE, 2013

Around Naranjo

Nestled in the Naranjo hillside, Oro Monte is surrounded by plantations of coffee, fruit and sugar cane, plush green jungles and fertile land of native fauna, home to several species of colorful butterflies, tropical birds and friendly reptiles.

Creating a sense of community where people could socialize and have privacy at the same time was at the heart of the project from the beginning,

The developer, Fred Hayden, spent years planning the community before investing in the required infrastructure such as underground electricity, septic systems, social areas and adoquines roads.  You will see no expense has been spared.

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