Visa is not required to visit Costa Rica as a tourist.
For more information please contact Embassy of Costa Rica in Spain.
Costa Rica uses similar GSM mobile networks (GSM 1800 and GSM 850) as Spain so you should be able to normally use your mobile phone.
If you don't want to buy SIM card in Costa Rica upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Costa Rica from Spain, dial + or 00 (exit code for Spain), then 506 (the country code for Costa Rica), then the area code and the local number.
For local calls within Costa Rica, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 2 .
Costa Rica has a moderate crime rate (higher than Spain). Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It's recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
In Costa Rica you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) on undivided highways, 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on motorways and 80-100 km/h (49-62 mph) on expressways.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
In order to rent a car:
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.