Centennial Canoe Outfitters Inc.

FAQ - Costa Rica

  • How do I get to Costa Rica?   You are responsible for your transportation to and from the designated Costa Rican meeting and departure points. We will meet and greet you at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, Costa Rica. You will be departing from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose or the Liberia International Airport (LIR) in northwestern Costa Rica, close to numerous beaches on the Pacific Coast. You will be picked up at the airport upon arrival and delivered to your hotel. You will also be picked up at your hotel and transfered to the airport upon the conclusion of your tour.  All the rest of your transportation will be provided in the packaged tours that don't include a rental car.
  • Is American money accepted in Costa Rica? The Costa Rican currency is the colón (¢).  Most places in Costa Rica accept U.S. dollars; small denominations are recommended ($1 - $20).  Banks and other businesses charge 1% to 3% to cash travelers checks.  For larger purchases, Visa and MasterCard are readily accepted.  ATMs may also be available.
  • Do I need to learn Spanish? Costa Ricans appreciate Americans that attempt to speak Spanish, but it isn’t necessary.  Nearly all Costa Ricans in the travel and service industries speak some English and are very friendly.
  • What is the minimum age? The minimum age is 12 years old. However we can discuss special options for younger children.
  • How many are needed in group for it to "go"? We can do a tour for two people or up to 20.
  • What are the meals like? Eggs, Chicken, fish, beef, rice, beans, fruit, cheese, dairy and of course coffee are the main staples. You will find the food very good and wholesome.
  • How long do the daily excursions last? It varies, but the activities generally take about 3-5 hours, leaving plenty of time for you to venture out on your own or just relax.
  • What is the hiking like? Generally, the jungle tours consist of flat trails. Your tour guide will stop frequently for interpretation and to view wildlife.
  • Are there any special physical requirements? This trip is considered moderately easy and ideal for those travelers who feel comfortable with 3-5 hours of activity per day.  Guests should be in average physical condition and are responsible for choosing a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and health.
  • When is the best time to go? Costa Rica is in the tropics and has a temperate climate.  They have a rainy season, which lasts May to November. Rainfall can vary by area of the country. December through April are the peak tourist months and it tends to be much drier.  On average, the temperatures (Fahrenheit) are as follows:
    January: Daytime 75, Nighttime 58.
    February:
    Daytime 76, Nighttime 58.
    March:
    Daytime 79, Nighttime 59.
    April:
    Daytime 79, Nighttime 62.
    May:
    Daytime 80, Nighttime 62.