Before you go:
Antes de viajar:
- Airlines flying to Costa Rica
- Aerolineas que vuelan a Costa Rica
- Airport > Juan Santamaria International (SJO)
- Aeropuerto > Internacional Juan Sanatamaría (SJO)
- Entry Requirements
- Requisitos de entrada al pais
Arriving in Costa Rica:
Costa Rica's currency is the colon (CRC), named after Christopher Columbus. The colon comes in both paper and coin form. The paper money goes from bills 1,000-50,000 and coins from 5-500.
The US dollar is widely accepted - USD1=CRC565 (at December 2017). The exchange rate fluctuates, therefore for current exchange rate, please visit www.xe.com
Here are the most common bills and their estimated USD equivalent:
CRC1,000 is about USD2.00
CRC2,000 is about USD4.00
CRC5,000 is about USD10.00
CRC10,000 is about USD20.00
CRC20,000 is about USD40.00
To rent a vehicle in Costa Rica, you must:
- Have a valid license from your home country or an international driver's license
- Be 21 or older
- Have a major credit card with enough credit to cover the total cost of the rental
To get to any area in or around Heredia, you have the option of using public buses or taxis. The buses run daily and nightly, and go between Heredia and San Jose. Costa Rica's bus system is government-subsidized, so national travel is very inexpensive. Some of the local buses do not have bells to signal the driver to stop. Do as the Costa Ricans do -: let out a whistle or call out "parada," which means stop.
Taxis in Costa Rica are an inexpensive and convenient way to travel. Taxis can be divided into three groups: Cooperativas (semi-independent companies), private taxis, and pirate taxis. It is highly recommend that you take only official taxis, identified by their red color and yellow triangle on the door, because only these taxis are regulated by law. Official taxis are required to use the meter at all times. Pirate taxis, which come in all colors and models, do not have a meter, and will charge you per kilometer.
The newest addition to Costa Rica's public transportation offerings is San José's urban train, also known as the commuter rail. The schedule is designed to service commuters, and trains only run Monday through Friday between morning and evening rush hours (5:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.). There are three basic routes ? Heredia-San Pedro (via downtown San Jose), San Pedro-Pavas (Rohrmoser), and San José-Belen de Heredia that run whole or partial trips.
(Adapted from https://www.costarica.com/travel/getting-around/)
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Heredia, Heredia Province (Aug 5-8 and 11-12)
One of Costa Rica's most historical cities, founded in 1705 and nicknamed "City of Flowers". Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. Learn more»
Limón (Aug 8-11)
Stretching along the Caribbean Coast, Limón is considered to be one of the most pristine and lush regions of Costa Rica. Learn more»
- Tuesday Conference Dinner (Heredia)
- Friday Lunch (Limón)
- Limón Cultural Activity (tba)
- Conference T-Shirt (preorder with registration)
Arriving in Costa Rica:
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