Travel guide
Costa Rica

Pura Vida!

Here, the little lung of the world! Costa Rica accounts for 4 to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. A largely unspoilt environment that’s so pleasant to live in.

Conquer the region’s volcanoes: Arenal, Miravalles, and cross the suspension bridges over the caldera. Cross the rainforest on horseback or on foot, and sleep in a tree house.

Further south, meet the country’s still-existing communities: the Bribris, in the Talamanca mountain range. Today, there are still! large communities, which unfortunately represent less than one percent of the country’s total population.

Lovers of diving and lounging will be delighted on the Pacific or Caribbean coast, where they can meet turtles and dolphins…

Time difference



Costa Rican Colón


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning/Good evening = Buenos días / Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Cómo estas?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla francés ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo / No entiendo
  • Sorry =Lo siento
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenido
  • Thank you (very much) = (Muchas) Gracias
  • Please = Por favor
  • I am French = Soy frances(a)
  • My name is…= Me llamo
  • No thanks = No gracias
  • Yes/No = Sí / No
  • You’re welcome = De nada
  • How much is it? = Cuanto es?
  • Where is…? / How do I get to…? = Dónde esta? / Como llegar a ?
  • Have a nice day! = Buen día !

Key figures

Costa Rica is on GMT-6, i.e. 08:00 less than French summer time:

When it’s 5:00 p.m. in Paris, it’s 9:00 a.m. in San José.

Good to know

American sockets – Type A and B

– From France to Costa Rica: 00 + 506 + 8-digit number of correspondent.

– From Costa Rica to France: 00 + 33 + correspondent’s 9-digit number, i.e. without the initial 0.


The quality of healthcare in the country varies, sometimes falling far short of European standards, and for serious health problems, it is preferable to seek treatment in the private sector in San José, which is of good quality. The cost of care is very high, and a deposit is required on admission. In addition, except for emergency treatment, care is not free, even within the Costa Rican social security network.

To cope with the sometimes very high cost of hospitalization and health care abroad, we strongly recommend that you take out an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical expenses.


French nationals do not need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days. However, they must present a passport in good condition and valid for 6 months after the date of return. They must also have a return or onward ticket to another destination.

For other nationalities, we’ll be happy to help you with all the formalities.