Costa Rica: the crossroads of the Americas

Costa Rica: the crossroads of the Americas

Sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica boasts a wealth of diversity for such a small country. Over 800 species of birds find their homes in these parts, dotting the jungles with bright colors and filling the air with their cries. In fact an area that consists of only .03% of the planet’s available land mass has somehow packed into it 6% of the world’s animal, plant, and insect species, making Costa Rica a bizarre wonderland of rare sights and sounds.   Since Costa Rica straddles the mid-section of Central America, it supplies world class beaches that look out towards both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. With mountains, jungle, and active volcanoes in the interior, Costa Rica provides the perfect tropical vacation.   Getting in, out, and about   Costa Rica does not charge a fee to enter the country, but upon leaving, you will have to pay an exit fee of around $29 USD. In order to get in, you need a valid passport. A passport stamp can permit you to stay anywhere from 30 days to 90 days. You also have the option of applying for an extended stay while you are there, in case the idea of leaving paradise is too painful for you. Stays beyond the allotted time that have not been officially extended can land you in a lot of trouble, however, including fines, deportation, and the possibility of being barred from entering the country again. It would be a shame to have paradise lost to you just when you found it, so make certain you adhere to the time allotted to you.   Aside from the common vaccinations, there are no required vaccinations, with one caveat. If you have travelled to a country in South or Central America or Sub-Saharan Africa, you will need to show proof that you received a vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to entering that country. Yellow fever is not found in Costa Rica, and the locals aim to keep it that way. Some travelers might wish to vaccinate against rabies, Hepatitis B, or malaria, and many travelers go ahead and vaccinate against Hepatitis A and typhoid. Check with your local doctor to see if any of these are appropriate for you.   One all too common disease found in Costa Rica is dengue fever. There are no ways to vaccinate against it...

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