by Mark Albert
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Public buses, rental cars, tour groups, and drivers for hire are also available.
Cruise ships dock at Puntarenas port.
There is no train service on the island except in the Central Valley.
-Visitors from the US, Canada, and most European countries do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica. Tourists are allowed visits up to 90 days. Tourists must have a round-trip ticket; no one-way flights are allowed.
-Costa Rica does charge an exit tax: $29 USD by air and $7 by land; check to make sure this fee is included in your cost of transportation.
-The currency is the Colon.
-For those considering a roadtrip around the island, visitors can drive from one coast to another in about three hours, according to the Tourism Institute.
-For emergencies, call 9-1-1. Tourism assistance can be reached at 800-TURISMO
-If you’re looking to save big bucks, consider traveling to Costa Rica in the “low season” — the hotter months of Spring and the less popular months of Fall, instead of Winter and Summer, which is considered the high season.
-Also, consider skipping the all-inclusive resort with their built-in fees and stay at lower-priced accommodations. Grab chow at Costa Rica Sodas to truly eat like a local.
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