STV Travel Agency
1- How safe is Costa Rica?
We can definitely understand any hesitation about traveling abroad. However, Costa Rica is a serene country committed to upholding its history of peace and diplomacy. The nation also depends greatly on tourism from the United States and Americans, Europeans, and other foreigners are welcomed and treated with respect and kindness. However, travelers should always use their common sense and best judgment, especially when visiting major cities.
2- Does STV provide transportation to all of Costa Rica?
YES, we can organize either private or shuttle buses for you to travel anywhere in the country.
3- If my plane is delayed, will I still be picked up at the airport?
If you have reserved private transportation and the delay is on the same day as your reservation, you will be picked up with no additional charges. However, if you are delayed until the next day additional charges apply.
If you have a reservation for a shuttle bus and you are delayed, it is considered a “no-show” and you will be charged the full amount. We can always reschedule the service for you, but you will be charged again for the rebooking.
4- This will be my first time in Costa Rica, how do I get around?
The best way to get from one place to the other is by using our services. If you are not sure where to go or what to do, we can help you organize your entire trip. We specialize in recommending and reserving trips to different locations, rooms in hotels, and a variety of activities.
5- What vaccinations/medications do I need to enter Costa Rica?
There are no vaccinations required to enter Costa Rica, although the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend that travelers be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Malaria in Costa Rica is extremely rare with most cases having been reported along the Caribbean coast; however, some visitors do decide to bring anti-malaria medication. All tap water is potable, but if you wish to drink only bottled water it is readily available throughout the country. In case you need to see a health care professional during your stay, Costa Rica has high-quality, relatively inexpensive medical care that we would be happy to assist you in finding.
6- How much money should I bring? Will my debit card work in Costa Rica?
STV recommends that you bring cash as well as an ATM card. Please be aware that businesses rarely accept American Express.
Restaurants range from cheap to expensive, but on average a good meal at a decent restaurant costs about US$15 per person, without an alcoholic beverage. A beer costs about US$3 in a bar. In general, an upscale hotel costs about $95 - $200 per night (depending on the season). However, much cheaper, simpler accommodations can also be found if necessary.
7- What is the best way to communicate with my family and friends back home?
Wireless internet service is available almost everywhere free of charge in hotels and in most cafés and restaurants. You can also communicate with your family by an open cell using a Costa Rican telephone card. Another option is to rent a local cell phone (see cellular phone section below).
8- Can I use my cellular phone in Costa Rica?
Once in Costa Rica, you can buy a pre-paid cell phone or you can also bring your own cell phone and buy a Simcard ($5 or more). Important: in order to use a Simcard, make sure that your cell phone is unlocked and works on a 850mhz frequency. Simcards do not work on AT&T, MCI, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile cell phones. Simcards can be purchased in your country before coming or at the airport.
You can also contact the company Cellular Connection in order to purchase them. You can visit their website: www.cellservicecr.com
Costa Rica Cellular Connection provides affordable cellular phones to rent for use in Costa Rica. This is an easy way for you to stay in touch with family and friends while studying and traveling.
Those who are interested in this service will have to contact Costa Rica Cellular Connection at least one week before leaving for Costa Rica. You will receive the phone at your home and you can activate it as soon as you arrive.
There is a special rate for STV clients. On our website we have a link to Costa Rica Cellular Connection, which you can reference for more information.