FAQ

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When is the best time of year to travel to Costa Rica?

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As a tropical country, Costa Rica experiences two seasons, the wet and dry season.  Both of these seasons have their advantages when it comes to travel.  The wet season generally goes from June to November when frequent rains make for greener landscapes.  From December to May is the dry season where the warmer temperatures are above 27C.  The Pacific coast is generally sunny year round and the Central Highlands have cooler year round temperatures.

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How will we be transported around Costa Rica?

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Distinctive Expeditions will arrange all of the transportation from the minute you arrive at our international airport.  An airport shuttle will greet you and take you to your hotel.  Land travel will be in clean, comfortable air-conditioned buses ranging in size from shuttle buses to large coach buses depending on your group size.  All of our drivers are fully licensed, trained and experienced in navigating the roads of Costa Rica.  Boat Safaris are handled by private tour companies, which have first class drivers and comfortable and dependable boats.  Distinctive Expeditions takes great care to provide worry-free transportation.  You sit back and relax and let us get you to your next destination.

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Is Costa Rica a good place to travel with children?

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Children of all ages are fascinated with Costa Rica’s flora and fauna. Our guides will give a wonderful insight into the country’s ecosystems and will take the time to explain the monkeys, sloths, giant turtles and colorful birds and other creatures that you are sure to see.  Older children will get a thrill from the adventure activities such as horseback riding, rafting, zip-lining, swimming and surfing.   Regardless of your age, you will love spending time on the beautiful beaches that line the coast of Costa Rica.  It is a vacation destination everyone loves to come back to.

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Do I need to be concerned about health and safety?

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Costa Rica is one of the safest destinations in the world.  But when travelling it is always best to use common sense to stay safe.  As you explore the natural wonders of Costa Rica, you should listen to the advice of your Naturalist Guides, stay on marked trails, swim within safe swimming areas.  The best way to avoid items being stolen is to keep your belongings in sight, and as much as possible carry any valuables with you.  Distinctive Expeditions cannot assume any responsibility for lost or stolen articles.  The driver will supervise items left on our transportation.

Regarding health concerns, Distinctive Expeditions guides are all trained in CPR/First Aid and can deal with minor injuries. For more serious injuries, Costa Rica has a first class health care system and our Naturalist Guide will be sure you are taken to the nearest medical facility.

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What is the best way to communicate with people back home from Costa Rica?

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All of the hotels used by Distinctive Expeditions have internet connections and/or wi-fi service in the lobby.  Cell phones are widely used throughout the country and most locations will have excellent cell phone coverage.  It is important to check with your cell phone provider regarding the roaming and data charges on any cell phone usage from Costa Rica.  There are several apps, such as Skype, Viber or Whatssap can be used to place calls and avoid roaming charges.  Distinctive Expeditions cannot be responsible for any extra charges placed on your cell phone during your stay.

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What About Special Medical Conditions?

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If you have allergies or special medical conditions, please let your Naturalist Guide know.  Learn to adequately handle your own medication before leaving and carry your medication in its original containers with the prescription details. You should also inform the Naturalist Guide of any special dietary needs in order for you to fully enjoy your dining experiences.

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What to Bring for Money?

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Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.  You can obtain cash from ATM machines also in Costa Rica.  Remember to advise your credit card company that you will be travelling in Costa Rica so it is not suspended for unusual activity.  Vendors accept US dollars as payment in most places; however, any change will be given in the local currency of “colones”.  Avoid exchanging money at the international airport as their exchange rates are worse at than other financial institutions.  As many of the meals and activities are included in your tour package price (check your final itinerary), how much money you bring depends on your personal habits and how long you will be travelling.  A guideline of US$30 per day should be enough to cover lunches, snacks, soft drinks, souvenirs, free-time activities, and local transportation during free time.

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Are Gratuities Included?

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Unless stated on your price sheet, tips are not included in the tour package.   Although tipping is always at customer’s discretion, 
your full-Naturalist Guide and bus driver are partially paid through the custom of tipping. You can be certain that they, as well as restaurant and hotel personnel, appreciate any gratuity that you provide for their excellent service.