Know Before You Go
Dry Season: December – April
Rainy Season: May – November
The rain, especially on the Pacific coast, typically occurs during the afternoon or evening and is “warm”. We experience a short mid-year mini Dry Season towards the end of July and beginning of August when rainfall decreases significantly for 3-4 weeks. The rainiest months are September and October, especially in the south Pacific region.
Note: The climate in San Jose is often very different to the coastal regions. A medium-weight fleece jacket is highly recommended for cooler nights in and around the capital.
TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL CHART FOR THE OSA PENINSULA
|Avg. Max. Temp. (F)||91||92||92||91||90||89||89||89||90||89||89||90|
|Avg. Min. Temp||72||71||73||73||73||72||71||71||71||71||71||71|
|Avg. Rainfall (inches)||6,30||5,70||8,00||11,00||18,90||17,50||18,90||20,90||22,00||27,70||22,30||11,60|
Below are some general visa guidelines, but please check with your airline or travel agent to confirm your legal requirements for entering Costa Rica. All visitors to Costa Rica need a passport valid for at least 6 months at the date of entry.
1. Visa not required for nationals of the USA, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and the UK and its dependencies for stays of up to 90 days.
2. Visa not required for nationals of Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Dominica, El Salvador, Estonia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Suriname, Taiwan, Turkey, Vatican City and Venezuela for stays up to 30 days.
At Kurà we also offer various complimentary activities such as cooking demos and yoga classes.
Read more about our tours and activities here
Our menus feature a number of vegetarian and vegan dishes, and lots of our traditional Costa Rican dishes – being corn rather than wheat based – are naturally gluten free. To discuss specific dietary requirements, please get in touch and ask about accommodating your needs. Gourmet feel-good food is for everyone!
Nevertheless, it is a good idea to apply insect repellent, especially if you venture out into the rainforest or nearby National Parks. Where possible, choose a non-aerosol repellent as they contain fewer toxic ingredients.
Read more about our beaches here
Our cancellation policies vary by season:
Holiday Season – Dec 22nd – Jan 3rd
– We accept cancellations up to 90 days prior to the arrival date without any penalty.
– If a reservation is cancelled between 90 and 60 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the reservation will be charged.
– If a reservation is cancelled 59 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– Cancellation policies may apply to modifications or night reductions made 90 days or less prior to the arrival date
High Season – Jan 4th – April 30th, Nov 1st – Dec 21st
– We accept cancellations up to 60 days prior to the arrival date without any penalty.
-If a reservation is cancelled 60 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– Cancellation policies may apply to modifications or night reductions made 60 days or less prior to the arrival date.
Green Season- May 1st – Oct 31st
– We accept cancellations up to 30 days prior to the arrival date without any penalty.
– If a reservation is cancelled 30 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the reservation will be charged.
– Cancellation policies may apply to modifications or night reductions made 30 days or less prior to the arrival date.
In all cases:
-If there is a “no-show” 100% of the reservation total will be charged.
-In the event the cancelled room is resold, reimbursement will be made in full.
– Unused prepaid services (such as airport transfers or tours booking in advance) are non-refundable.
Check out is at 12pm. If you would like to leave later in the day, please let us know at reception and if possible, we’ll be happy to accommodate you.
When out and about, carrying some small US Dollar bills is recommended as well as some local currency. Most businesses and restaurants accept US Dollars. Euros and other currencies are not commonly accepted in Costa Rica.
Getting around is also hassle-free. Domestic, carbon neutral airlines like Sansa connect all the regions of Costa Rica. The longest internal flight route is under 1 hour. Roads and highways are well-maintained too, and driving between destinations is unlikely to ever take more than 4 hours.
Importantly, Costa Rica is also considered a safe travel destination. We don’t even have a national army!
The town itself is laidback, friendly and with a low key international vibe. There’s plenty to eat, drink, explore and experience.
Discover a slice of the real Costa Rica here
If you’d like some advice on where to combine with Uvita, we’ll gladly give you some ideas. You can check out our sister properties in the Cayuga Collection, and design the perfect combination of tropical adventures to suit you.
Medical care in Costa Rica is of very high quality and considered to be the best in Central America. San Jose especially has excellent hospitals, medical facilities and doctors, many of whom have qualified in the US or in Europe.
-Emergency evacuation expenses
– Medical expenses
– Repatriation expenses
– Cancellation or curtailment of trip
– Damage/theft/loss of personal luggage, money and goods
In case of medical emergencies, most Costa Rican doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance or not. If your health insurance does not cover you for medical expenses while you are abroad, you should consider supplemental insurance. It may also be worth finding out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or if they reimburse you later for any overseas health expenditures.