Documents and Copies
When traveling to another country copies of essential documents is a necessity. In the event of a robbery having copies of these documents can make replacing them a much easier process. You will have to carry your original passport with you while in transit but only need to carry a copy when traveling in Costa Rica. If you plan to drive you will want to carry your original drivers's license with you. Obviously you will need whatever credit cards you plan to use as well.
*** Make sure to notify your credit card company that you will be out of your country (of residence) and will be using your credit card. Otherwise after your first credit card transaction your card will be frozen ( for your protection) and it is difficult, if not impossible to do anything about it until you return home.
Carry as little as you can get away with in your wallet or purse.
In today's digital world making and safely storing copies of essential documents is a rather easy thing to accomplish. Documents can be scanned, or photographed with a digital camera and:
* stored on a USB micro drive
* stored on a CD
* E-mailed to yourself - Computers and
internet are available in virtually all hotels
and internet cafes in all cities and towns.
If you don't have a scanner or camera available to you your documents can be scanned and stored on a USB micro drive at any one of a number of local businesses such as Office Depot or Kinkos
You will need copies of the following:
1. Copies of your passport.
You can keep your original passport in a safe place,
such as a hotel safe, when traveling or engaging in
one of the many activities that you can do while in
Costa Rica. It is a good idea to have two copies,
one to carry with you and one to keep safe with the
2. Copies of your driver's license. if you are driving
you will want to carry your original but keep copies
in a safe place as well.
3. Copies of your insurance card and insurance
4. Copies of all travel tickets, such as your airline or
bus tickets (or e-tickets).
5. Copies of hotel reservations, car rental agreement,
and tour reservations.
6. Copies of your birth certificate, social security
card, credit cards and traveler's checks.
For a typical one to two week trip the the following list is a good guide. Everyone has different needs and tastes but is is recommended to pack as lightly as possible but still have what you need to be comfortable.
T-Shirts 3-5 short sleeve or sleeveless
1-2 long sleeve (for bug protection
in the rainforest and night, as well
as higher elevations.
1-2 Dress Shirts or Blouses
3-4 pairs of shorts
1-2 surf or swim shorts/baggies
1-2 pairs of long pants or jeans. Convertable
long pants/shorts are a good choice to
help keep packing light.
5-8 pairs of underwear
5-8 pairs of socks
1 light jacket
baseball cap and bandana
mesh bag for wet and dirty clothes.
Most hotels have laundry service and most of the main destination cities have laundy services available.
hiking/walking/or running shoes
amphib water shoes or sandles
flip flops or sandles
light weight dressier shoes.
toothbrush with carry case
washcloth and towel
** Most toiletries can be purchased in Costa Rica if necessary at any supermarket or local stores.
Most surfers pack up and bring their favorite board or boards. This used to be quite easy and economical, however in the last couple of years airlines have placed more restrictions on size, as well as increased charges for boards. Make sure you check with the your airline of choice before your make your ticket purchase.
Surfboard rental is available pretty much everywhere but remember that board selection is limited and if you break your own board you go home with two pieces. If you break a rental, you go home the price of the board poorer.
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- Arenal National Park
- Barbilla National Park
- Barra Honda National Park
- Braulio Carrillo National Park
- Cahuita National Park
- Carara National Park
- Chirripo National Park
- Cocos Island National Park
- Corcovado National Park
- Diria National Park
- Guanacaste National Park
- Irazu Volcano National Park
- Juan Castro Blanco National Park
- La Amistad International Park
- La Cangreja National Park
- Las Baulas National Marine Park
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Maquenque National Park
- Palo Verde National Park
- Piedras Blanco National Park
- Poas Volcano National Park
- Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park
- Santa Rosa National Park
- Tapanti National Park
- Tenorio National Park
- Tortuguero National Park
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