Costa Rica Travel Information

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Valuable Costa Rica Travel Information

Costa Rica travel information should be a top priority for any traveler. After all, it is a foreign country, with very different customs, food, and government regulations. Finding out those regulations in advance will save you lots of grief!

A good place to start is the Web site of the United States Department of State. One of the purposes of this complex department is to advise citizens on the status of entry and exit requirements, medical services and insurance, safety and security, and customs regulations in other countries. If you think, for instance, you can just get on the plane and leave Costa Rica and other countries, think again. A departure tax is levied on each visitor; payment is in cash. The more accurate Costa Rica travel information you have, the more you can enjoy carefree journeys.

"Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it!"

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have detailed Web sites about outbreaks of diseases in other countries and ongoing health concerns for Latin travel destinations. If you want to know about exotic illnesses, required vaccinations, and good health habits while touring abroad, look up these sites. It probably comes as no surprise that food and waterborne diseases are the primary causes of illness in tourists.

For precise, practical advice on how to protect yourself from these illnesses, from mosquito and insect bites, and from risky person-to-person contact, consult this scientific site. Especially if you are planning Costa Rica family vacations, make sure all family members receive the necessary vaccinations. The sound, humorous advice offered in the heading above is an easy way to remember how to approach eating and drinking local fare. Although caution is always wise, the food in Costa Rica does not present the health problems that are common elsewhere in Central America.

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