Costa Rica

The Central American country of Costa Rica has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica is known for its stunning natural highlights, including volcanoes, beaches and protected jungle areas, forming a diverse and fascinating landscape.


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Destination Information for Costa Rica

Many visitors are drawn by the prospect of seeing rare and beautiful wildlife; including the colourful quetzal bird and irresistible spider monkey. Almost a quarter of the country’s land area is national park or part of a protected area, home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna, making Costa Rica a popular destination for ecotourism; an estimated 46% of visitors to the country engage in related activities, including bird watching, trekking and visiting rural communities.

The most popular part of the country for tourists is the Central Pacific region, with its long coastline with the Pacific Ocean. There are many beaches and resorts here, and relatively easy access to the Southern Pacific region, home to beautiful tropical beaches and lush rainforests.

The capital, San Jose, has plenty going on with a variety of museums and cafes, but the real attraction is the great outdoors. Costa Rica really is a fabulous destination for travellers who want to see stunning wildlife, stay active with a range of sporting activities, and have an action-packed adventure in a beautiful part of the world.

Costa Rica is country which boasts beautiful national parks & nature shelters, but it’s also a mountainous country with magnificent volcanoes and mountain ranges. Travellers’ who visit areas of high altitude are advised to be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness, which can be potentially life threatening in some cases.

The current recommended vaccines include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Rabies, typhoid and tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Additionally, there is a malaria & zika virus risk in the country, so book a consultation at one of our travel clinics for more information on vaccines and antimalarials.

Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:

  • Food and water hygiene
  • Insect and animal bite avoidances
  • Personal safety
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Sun protection
  • Altitude sickness

Malaria and regions within country:

There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in Limon province, in and around Matina. There is a low to no risk in other areas where anti-malarial medication is not advised.

Additional Health Risks Information for Costa Rica

Yellow fever certification is required if arriving from a country with high risk of yellow fever.

It is important before travelling to ensure you are up to date with childhood immunisations such as measles, mumps and rubella.

Consult with your local CityDoc travel expert to tailor your vaccine requirements based on your medical history, previous vaccinations and travels as well as your itinerary.

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