Passport (valid for at least six months after your arrival into Costa Rica)
Drivers license if you want to rent a car
Tickets and itineraries
Cash: American dollars are fine. No Euros, they are hard to change and extra comissions will usually be charged! We don’t recommend exchanging U.S. Dollars for Costa Rican colones before arrival into the country or at the International Airport, as the exchange rate is bad. U.S. Dollars are readily and cheerily accepted everywhere in Costa Rica.
Credit Card: Visa or MasterCard are the only two cards that most businesses accept.
Keep copies of all your documents and cards at home and in a separate luggage, just in case…
IMPORTANT: ONE FLASHLIGHT PER PERSON!
1 pair of long pants: you can use these on the airplane, as a cover up against sunburn, and you may want to hike in them, although most people prefer to hike in shorts.
1 long sleeve shirt for sunburn protection
Light sweater or jacket (really you just need this for the airplane ride and nights at San Jose – rain jackets don’t work too well when the rain is this warm)
2 – 3 pairs of shorts/skirts
4 T-shirts, tank tops, casual shirts and/or blouses
3 swimsuits (most women also like a cover up or sarong)
1 casual dress or skirt is totally optional and just for fun (especially if you plan on salsa dancing)
Tevas with spider rubber are the best in rainy season; Crocs are what we wear most of the time. Flip-flops are only good to go to the beach.
Runners or hiking shoes – chances are whatever you bring will get wet, and some shoes dry better than others. We can provide you most sizes of rubber boots.
1 – 2 pairs of socks
Insect repellent (thanks to a constant breeze we have very few biting insects. However, if you are delicate, try to get a brand that contains citronella or deet)
Again, 1 flashlight per person!!! – if you want to look for turtles (May – December), bring flashlights that have a red covering.
Travel alarm (if planning early morning birding excursions, etc)
Camera (with a decent battery, and your charger)
Ziploc bags to keep things dry
Dry bags if you are planning on doing a lot of kayaking
A mask and snorkel if you would like to enjoy the reef and dolphin tour. We do have some masks and snorkels for your use, but many folks prefer to bring their own. We also have a large variety of fins that you may use, and may prefer these over fitting yours in your luggage. If you bring yours however, we can usually trade them from you, especially if you bring our favorites: Mares Planar Avanti, or Cressi Gara 3000. both excellent fins for Long-gliding. If you also bring your swim goggles (View are the best fitting), you’ll probably have a complete new under water experience and be surprised how fast you can swim!
Bring a good book and maybe donate it to our growing library after you read it?
Finca Exotica provides beach towels and mats.