Yes you can pre book transfers (on arrival) and extra nights with Shoestring. You can add this to your booking form.
There are many opportunities to snorkel and dive in Costa Rica, here are a few of the top spots:
In Tamarindo, located on the Northwestern shoreline of Costa Rica, surfing and snorkeling both come highly recommended. Diving tours out to the reef can also be arranged.
Isla del Caño, is a nature reserve and the island is scarcely visited and those who do are mainly interested in snorkelling and diving over the coral reefs around the island.
In the protected rainforests of the Talamanca region you can visit the Gandocca Manzanillo park with local guides and embark upon a snorkel or diving trip by boat and enjoy the beautiful coral, home to large quantities of brightly coloured fish.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. At present, a visa is not required for UK citizens and many other European nationals. Please check here for up to date information and contact your nearest embassy should you require a visa. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.
The international access code for Costa Rica is +506. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code. City codes are not required. Costa Rica has one of the most advanced telecommunications systems in Latin America. The cheapest way to phone internationally is a direct call using a phone card. Mobile phone operators use GSM networks. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveler ( from the same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
Pickpockets are active mainly in the cities. Simply keep them at a distance by storing your money and valuable possessions close to your body and out of sight. Keep some ready money apart. Carry your backpack on your stomach if it contains valuables. Wear your camera on your stomach as well and tie it to a solid belt. You should take these precautions especially when visiting Nicaraguan markets. Theft occurs and when this is the case, it will be on locations you normally avoid, such as dark, quiet alleys. Your luggage will be reasonably safe in your hotel room, but donor leave money or valuables lying about. Store it in a locked bag or preferably, keep it with you or hand it over to the reception of the hotel. Some hotels will have a safe in which valuables can be stored.
As we will be travelling in a Christian country, Christmas, Three Kings Day (January 6) and Easter are celebrated as well as the following
During Holy Week (Semana Santa), almost everything is closed in Costa Rica. The days between Christmas and New Year are considered an unofficial holiday, especially in San José. Then there are the festivals that honour the patron saints. San José’s festival (Saint Joseph) is on March 19 and the name day of the Virgen de Los Angeles (Costa Rica’s patron saint) is on August 2. Día de Juan Santamaria on April 11 commemorates the national hero and Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) on October 12, is a public holiday all over Central-America.
A special feature in Costa Rica is the Tortuguero National Park, where between July and October, green turtles come ashore in great numbers (arribadas) to lay their eggs.
What voltage and plugs are in use in Costa Rica? Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in this country. You could consider taking a universal electric plug.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.