Frequently Asked Questions

• What are the entry requirements?
All visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the dates of their trip. US and Canadian citizens may enter Costa Rica without a tourist visa and can stay up to 90 days with a valid passport.

• Do I have to book a flight myself?
Yes. Your flights to and from Costa Rica are not included in the package.

• Do I need to buy travel insurance?
Yes! We require that all guests purchase travel health insurance before arriving to Costa Rica.

• Do I need to get vaccinations before coming to Costa Rica?
It is important to make sure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date and to see your doctor or visit a travel medicine clinic for recommended vaccinations. In general, the Hepatitis A & B vaccinations, as well as the Typhoid vaccination are recommended for all travelers. It is best to visit either a personal physician or a travel health clinic at least 4-8 weeks before departure.

• What should I pack?
Beyond the typical clothes you would bring for a warm weather trip, remember to bring mosquito repellent, sun block and foul weather gear. Remember Costa Rica is a tropical country. Since the weather changes frequently up in the mountains, it is important to have a combination of summer wear and warm clothing. Also, the housing facilities are fully equipped with free wireless Internet, so guests can bring their laptop computers if they wish.

• What is the time zone in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is equivalent to North American Central Standard Time (CST), but does not observe daylight savings time.

• What is the currency in Costa Rica?
Colones are the local currency in Costa Rica. (The exchange rate is approximately 500 Colones to 1 USD). However American Dollars are widely accepted here. Because virtually all costs will be covered through your package, it is only necessary to bring whatever extra spending money you would like. Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are also accepted, but there may be extra fees charged by vendors here in addition to the fees that your bank may charge, so you may want to investigate this before your trip. Many credit card companies will put a hold on your account if they notice purchases being made in another country, so it is important to let them know you are going on a trip before leaving the country.

• What is typical Costa Rican cuisine?
Costa Rican cuisine is known for being healthy and tasty, yet fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables. The main staple, known as 'gallo pinto', consists of rice and black beans. A 'casado', which is often served for lunch or dinner, is usually chicken, beef or fish accompanied by rice and beans and a pasta or cabbage salad.

• Is the tap water safe to drink?
The water in Costa Rica is considered safe to drink, but we recommend drinking bottled water because some visitors may react to different properties in the water. In the building, we provide a water cooler with fresh filtered water.

• What's the weather like in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is known for having two seasons: dry and rainy! The dry season has very little rain and generally lasts from late December-April. The rainy or 'green' season will typically have sunny and warm mornings, with showers starting in the early afternoon, although sometimes storms will last all day. This season goes approximately from May until late early December. The main influence on temperature is altitude. The coasts, which have lower altitudes have much hotter weather compared to inland. San José at 1150m (3772ft) has a climate which the locals refer to as the "Eternal Spring". The average annual temperatures range from 31.7C (89F) on the coast to 16.7C (62F) inland.

• Is Costa Rica a safe country to visit?
Costa Rica is a diplomatic, peaceful country with no standing military. Costa Rica has been fortunate to have never had a single war or major political turmoil. It is considered by many political experts to be the most stable country in Central America and among the elite of Latin America. An impressive public healthcare system and strong emphasis on education (CR is the most literate of all Latino countries) have resulted in a happy, affluent culture. The Ethical Traveler Magazine even included Costa Rica in their top ten list of travel destinations for 2011. Read More. Of course unfortunate incidents can occur in any country, so it is important to always be cautious and mindful of your surroundings.   

• What if I am injured in Costa Rica?
The healthcare system in Costa Rica is the best in Central America with most professionals being trained in the US or Europe, and the hospitals are known for their high sanitary standards. HPS Costa Rica is not responsible for any kind of medical related costs therefore it is important that all visitors purchase travel medical insurance.

• Are there many mosquitoes?
There are surprisingly few mosquitoes on the popular tourist beaches. There are more in the rainforest and along the rivers. If you intend to take a river rafting tour or hike the jungle, make sure to bring insect repellent.

• Is the electricity standard North American voltage (110/120V)?
Yes! You can plug any normal electric-powered device (hair dryers, shaver, laptop computer, etc.) into an electrical wall outlet in Costa Rica.

• Do I need to pay depature taxes?
Yes, there is a departure tax of $26 US. This can be paid by cash or credit.
HPS is the ideal way to visit Costa Rica.

Sports teams will have the experience of a lifetime as they compete against athletes from another country, take in Costa Rica's breathtaking scenery, and make a difference in the local community through volunteering.

The best part is, teams can travel with ease, knowing every aspect of their trip is taken care of. HPS provides accommodation, meals, transportation, sports games, and activities all in a single package at an affordable price!

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Our philosophy is based upon simplicity. The idea is that once you arrive you can just relax and enjoy your time in Costa Rica.

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