News

  • Google News: When looking for the most up to date articles for new in Costa Rica or around the world turn to Google News for the most recent and most relevant articles.  Search different key words to find the exact news that you are looking for.
  • Tico Times: This is one of the more popular news sources in Costa Rica for the English speaking crowd.  The website covers interesting topics about Costa Rica and the world.  You can like their Facebook Page to stay up to date on current events.
  • The Costa Rica News: An English written online news source that covers topics such as Culture, Health, Money, Real Estate, Travel and Technology.  The website mostly covers topics in Costa Rica but also covers popular world topics.  This is also a good source to find job and internships.
  • La Nacion: The most popular newspaper for Costa Rican and world news for locals.  The paper is written in Spanish as well as the online edition.
  • The Costa Rica Star: A newspaper for people living in Costa Rica and visiting that do not speak Spanish.  The paper covers National News, World News, Business, Technology, Science, Lifestyle, Sports, Politics, Education, Real Estate and Travel.
  • AM Costa Rica: Your daily English spoken news source Monday to Friday.

 

General Information

  • Wikipedia: Arguably the best source on the web for any country or subject.  You can find information on different cities such as San Jose, topics such as economy, tourism, volcanoes, National Parks, wildlife, history, agriculture and more.
  • CIA: Yes the Central Intelligence Agency has a brief description on the country outlining geography, background, area, climate, terrain, government, economy, energy, communications, transportation, military and security.
  • ARCR: A source for travel, retirement, and living in Costa Rica.  Once you visit Costa Rica you will probably want to move to this paradise and ARCR can help with immigration, language, advice on insurance and more.
  • Pintrest: Where anyone can pin an interesting webpage about Costa Rica or any subject.  Tips about traveling to Costa Rica, the foods to try, best activities, must dos, best beaches and anything that sparks the interest of anyone who is currently traveling in Costa Rica or has information on the country.

 

Travel Information

  • Wikitravel: Is much like Wikipedia but focuses more on tourism, find information about how to get to Costa Rica, how to get around the country, wildlife, what to do, beaches, staying safe and other travel tips.
  • Essential Costa Rica: Helps by providing information for visitors to Costa Rica.  The website focuses on helping tourists from all over the world that are looking to vacation at this amazing majestic location.  They are certified by Sustainable Tourism that helps tourism remain sustainable in Costa Rica.
  • National Geographic: A great place to find pictures, videos and articles for Costa Rica.  The Magazine has been publishing since 1888 bringing you an insiders views to culture and wildlife around the world.
  • Frommers: Read up on information like the best hikes and best views.  Frommers sends travel journalists around the world to bring you some great content for your next vacation.  Check out their Twitter page to keep up to date on all the hot vacation destinations.
  • Lonely Planet: One of the leaders when it comes to travel advice around the world with the travel guide books that they print.  Of course they have a website that will keep you informed about all the restaurants, sights, transportation, activities and entertainment not only for different locations in Costa Rica but around the world.
  • Tripadvisor: A great place to read reviews about restaurants, things to do and hotels. Read and join in on forum discussions about different topics in various locations.  Also book flights and tours through their partner company Viator.
  • Travel Channel: Do a quick search for any country on this site or a specific area and find interesting travel articles about adventures, surfing, wildlife, road trips, travel guides and some really great photos.  Their Instagram is an exciting place to keep the travel bug itching at your feet.  They also bring some really amazing videos to the web and you can even stream the channel live online.
  • Travel and Leisure:  Look to the right hand corner for the search bar where you can look for articles about your specific location or search Costa Rica for general information.  The information you find on this site may help you locate the perfect vacation destination.  The website shows over 2300 search results for Costa Rica
  • Rough Guides: If you are wondering about what there is to do in Costa Rica and are looking for ideas this is a good website to visit.  There are more than 400 Costa Rica related articles to keep you daydreaming about your upcoming vacation.  There is even a rough guide’s book for Costa Rica sure to make your trip more blissful.

 

Blogs

  • Two Weeks in Costa Rica: An American couple take you on their personal journey of traveling, living and loving life in Costa Rica.  Get some insider tips on what to do and see.  They have written some interesting books that are worth having a look at, pick one up cheap at Amazon.
  • Expats Blog CR Take it from the expert expats that have relocated in the land of “pura vida” The website has a list of blogs concentrating on Costa Rica and other areas.  Join in on forum discussions and read helpful articles.
  • Nomadic Matt: Matt gives some great travel advice for Costa Rica.  He is well traveled making him a superb person to follow if you enjoy traveling to unique locations.  He was one of the original travel bloggers who has made a name for himself.
  • My Tan Feet:  Samantha and Yeison live in Costa Rica and show you a good time traveling around to all the hot spots and testing out several adventures like Jaco Ropes that you can view on their Youtube Channel.  They also travel to other locations but specialize in Costa Rica.

 

International Airports

  • San Jose-Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) Just a short 20 minute drive to down town San Jose located next to Alajuela.  The airport is named after a heroic figure named Juan Santamaria who died fighting for his country, read more about him here.  This was once the most active airport in Central America and the only international airport in Costa Rica.
  • Liberia- Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) Located in the hot province of Guanacaste this airport is only 30 minutes to the beach.  The airport is named after Daniel Oduber Quirós who was president between 1974 and 1978.  In 2008 a new terminal was added making the airport even bigger to handle more flight to this area of Costa Rica.
  • Costa Rica has two other smaller international airports, one in Limon and one in San Jose called Tobías Bolaños International Airport Neither handle large airplanes coming from the USA, Europe and Canada but they are international airports.

Transportation

  • Nature Air: Local airline that offers domestic flights throughout Costa Rica but also to Bocas Del Toro in Panama and Managua in Nicaragua.  Flying often makes sense if you have the extra money because the roads have many twists and turns in Costa Rica taking up much of your time driving.  You can fly just about anywhere within the country in under 1 hour plus the views from the air will provide some amazing aerial photos.
  • Sansa:  Flying to 13 different locations Sansa offers competitive prices with comfort in mind. Checking on only takes 30 minutes saving plenty of time.   The website has a chat feature that can be very handy for getting a quick response to a question or to book a flight.  Local phone number (506)2290-4100 or call toll free 1-877-767-2672
  • Interbus: Since 1996 Interbus has offered 150 daily routes to the most travelled to locations in Costa Rica.  They have a new fleet of mini buses that will get you to your destination with a smile on your face as quick as the road will take you.  One of the advantage over taking a bus is that you will be able to have some stops to take a picture and go to the washroom.
  • Tica Bus: If you are looking for a little more comfort for long trips in Costa Rica then Tica bus is one of the options.  Tickets are more expensive than the public bus but there is air conditioning with ample room for a plush ride.  The bus line serves Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, México and Guatemala.

Car Rental

  • Kayak: This website will search all the rental car companies in the area to find the cheapest deals.  Also search for great deals on flights.  The software that they run is called a fare aggregator meaning it searches to find all the prices and sorts them out accordingly.
  • Budget:  A trusted name that has offices in both Liberia and San Jose international airports, Jaco, Escazu, San Jose, Tambor, Tamarindo, Mal Pais and Cacique.  Budget offers corporate discounts and has a newer fleet of vehicles.  The local phone number is +506 2436-2000 or call toll free 800 424 5431.
  • Avis: The Company that has a strict no smoking policy and prides themselves in having a smoke free fleet of new Audis and Nissans.  Locations at Liberia, San Jose airport, Alajuela, San Jose, Escazu, Curridabat, Heredia, Flamingo, Papagayo, Tamarindo, Santa Cruz, and Langosta Beach. Phone number 506 2293-2222
  • Sixt: The only locations Sixt car rental offers is at and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport and Juan Santamaría International Airport.
  • Adobe: Claiming to be the largest rental car company in Costa Rica with a fleet of Hyundai, Suzuki, Toyota and Isuzu trucks plus H1 mini vans for the family.  Locations in Liberia International Airport, Juan Santamaria Airport, central San Jose, Heredia, La Fortuna, Grecia, Cartago, Tamarindo, Uvita, Limon, Jaco, Puerto Viejo, Quepos, Puntarenus and Ciudad Quesada.

Surfing

  • CR Surfing Read up on all the popular surf beaches the country has to offer giving you insider information so you can catch that perfect wave that is just right for you.  The website is a little outdated but it is still a good site to visit to get some surfing information.
  • Surfline:  One of many sources to get the latest news in surfing around the world.  There are live webcams set up on site for several popular surf locations in Costa Rica.  A reliable source for surf forecasts and up to date tide charts for all the surfing locations in this astonishing country.  The website allows users to submit photos and they highlight the best pictures from amateur to pro.  There is also a page dedicated to the greatest wipeouts that will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.
  • Storm Surf: Forecasts to catch the next big storm and monster waves that roll through Costa Rica.  The website is for the hard-core surfers that know how to read weather models and buoy forecasts.  Search for your favorite surf location and get up to date surfing forecasts.
  • Magic Seaweed:  Gaze at the surf related pictures of the day.  This is one of the more popular surfing website to find up to date forecasts and tide charts.  Download the application for IPhone or Android to get all the information on an easy to ready phone format.  The company works with CR Surf Cam to bring you live footage with most the videos concentrating on the famous Playa Hermosa surf beach in the Puntarenus province.

Embassies

  • US Embassy: If you ever lose your United States of America passport or have any other major problems you will need to make your way to the embassy.   The website has news on Costa Rica and also events in the area.  They offer services for US citizens such as lawyers, doctors, emergency services, notary services and more. Located in front of Centro Comercial del Oeste Pavas, Costa Rica (Calle 98 Vía 104, Pavas, San José, Costa Rica) Telephone: [506] 2519-2000  From the U.S.: 011-506-2519-2000
  • Canadian Embassy: For the friendly Canadians the address to the Canadian Embassy is Sabana Sur, Edificio Oficentro Ejecutivo, atrás de la Contraloría,San José,1007, Provincia de San José, San José, Costa Rica.  Telephone: 506-2242-4400
  • UK Government:  The government of the United Kingdom has outlined a page with useful information about visiting or living in Costa Rica.  Find out about entry information, emergency travel documents, visas, notary services and legislation services. If you are a UK citizen and need help in Costa Rica call 506 2258 2025 if you are in the UK and are worried about a UK citizen in Costa Rica call 020 7008 1500.  The British Embassy address is  Edificio Centro Colón, Paseo Colón, Provincia de San José, San José, Costa Rica (Paseo Colón and Calle 38)
  • Embassy Pages: A complete list of embassies in Costa Rica.  This is a great page to bookmark for whenever you travel to different locations because you never know when you will need to find your embassy in case of an emergency.

For the Kids

  • The Children’s Museum: One of the most interesting facts about this museum coincidentally enough is it used to be the main jail in Costa Rica.  The best place to get information about the museum is on their Youtube channel.  Education on culture, literature, technology, science and some fun stuff to keep the kids busy.

 

Culture

  • Costa Rica National Museum Located in San Jose the Capital of San Jose this is one of the attractions that is worth checking out if you’re a history buff interested in learning about Costa Rica.
  • Gold Museum:  Exhibitions include the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Numismatic Museum, Visual Arts Collection and much more.  The museum will take you back in time and teach you the history of the banking system and minted coins in Costa Rica.

 

Art

  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design: This museum has 4 exhibition floors that covers 1200 square meters. It is located at Avienda 3 and Calle 15, their website is in Spanish but you can view the artists that are featured from all over Central America.  This is a great cheap way to pass time in the capital city.
  • Hidden Art Gallery The largest art gallery in the Guanacaste Province.  They take pride in always having new art so if you are a returning visitor to Costa Rica this is worth coming back to time and time again.  There are more than 60 artists with 15 full rooms this is an art lover’s happy place.

 

Education

  • The Country Day School: This is an American school that educates the international community.  There is pre-school, middle school, high school and college.
  • http://www.incae.edu/en/:  A sought after business school with a location in Costa Rica.  The school was originally founded in 1963 with support from President John F Kennedy and Harvard University.

 

Government

  • Migracion: Get information on police and control in English and in Spanish.  Also find information for visas and work permissions.

 

Government Websites (Spanish)

  • CGR: The institution is responsible for looking after the use of public resources used by state institutions.
  • Precidencia:  Where you can report any internarial problems with the local government. The goal is to provide the public with a transparent government.
  • Ministario de Salud:  Responsible for handing out permits to businesses in Costa Rica related to health issued in the work place.  Any company that serves food in Costa Rica must have a permit from Ministry of Health.