Best of Costa Rica Q & A

Questions and Answers

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Question:  From Dallas (DFW) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) what flights are most people taking?

Answer:  American Airlines has one non-stop flight a day going to and returning from San Jose.  From DFW we are taking AA 986 on October 11th leaving at 4:51 pm arriving in SJO at 8:03 pm. We return from SJO on October 21st taking AA 2436 leaving at 7:34 am and arriving back into DFW at 12:45 pm.  As of April 10th, these are the flights and times with the roundtrip coach fare being $581.

Question:  Does Costa Rica require a visa?

Answer: For American travelers, we do not need a visa to Costa Rica.  As with all international travel, a passport is necessary with an expiration date more than six months from the day that we are to return from the trip.

Question:  What about any special shots or vaccinations?

Answer: What I understand is that Costa Rica is a pretty clean place and that our State Department does not say any special shots are vaccinations are required. However, as with any statement related to health, be sure and check this out yourself as well consult with your physician as well as Dr. Google.

Question:  What is the temperature like in Costa Rica in the middle of October?

Answer: During the middle of October reports that the temperature in San Jose averages during the day 77 degrees which is 3 degrees cooler than in Dallas in October. Nights average 60 degrees which is exactly the same average as Dallas during the evening.  This is a  good time of year to enjoy Costa Rica.

Question:  What about rain?

Answer: James Kaiser who is a noted travel author knows Central America well and says “Visit Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in October and you’ll enjoy beautiful weather and limited crowds. This is one of the best months to visit terrific National Forest destinations. And because seas are often calm in October, it’s a great time to snorkel in the Caribbean side beaches or scuba dive offshore.”  This being said, we will not totally bypass rain so bring an umbrella for occasional afternoon showers. We will NOT be visiting the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica which is especially rainy in October.

Question:  What is the Private Coach that we will be traveling in like?

Answer: We are traveling with a large tour operator. The Private Coaches are “luxury styled” and nearly brand new with recliner “lounge” seating that is extremely comfortable.

Question:  What is in the bus such as WiFi etc?

Answer: The majority of the buses are ‘new age’ with internet connectivity, WiFi, and USB ports to charge our devices along with excellent sound systems.

Question:  Will there be a necessity for a dressy outfit for dinner?

Answer: Not at all. Bring your special Hawaiin shirt and enjoy. The dress is casual.

Question:  What about the number and cost of our meals?

Answer:  While we are in Costa Rica we will be having 29 meals of which 14 are included with the trip.

Question:  What should I budget for the other 15 meals?

Answer: Food in Costa Rica is excellent and reasonably priced. We should easily eat tasty and exciting meals for an average of $8.00 each.

Question:  What is the approximate tip allowance for our guides/coach driver? Our 2018 trip was about $95 each, if I recall.

Answer: This is up to each of us… but your estimate is reasonably in line. In our trip packet which we will receive a month before we leave will give additional information.

Question:  I am an insulin dependent diabetic and I use insulin pens. Will the hotels have refrigerators in the rooms?

Answer: Nine out of ten of the hotels will have mini-refrigerators in the rooms. If not, arrangements can be made to have a mini-refrigerator brought to the room, a cool place provided in the kitchen, or ice available to the room.