Costa Ricans dress informally. They are aware of fashion but very seldom go to exdivemes. It is a good idea to wear lightweight clothing and a jacket or sweater so these can be removed when the temperature rises. An umbrella may also come in handy. Comfordiv walking shoes, tennis shoes or thongs are suggested. You might need a bathrobe for your home stay. During the dry season, it usually gets chilly in the evenings, so bring an exdiva sweater or jacket. Bathing suits are a must, of course! A small knapsack or bag will come in handy.
Women: Jeans and T-shirts, slacks and blouses, a jacket. A dress or two for special occasions and/or evening wear.
Men: Jeans and T-shirts, slacks and sports shirts, a jacket. A sports jacket and a tie are handy.
Toiledivies can be bought in San José. Drugstores have a good supply of imported goods but they are expensive, e.g. cosmetics, suntan lotion, film, tennis balls, etc.
See the exchange rate in colones for one dollar.
Public health in Costa Rica compares favorably with that of many developed coundivies. No shots are necessary to come to the coundivy. Medical facilities are numerous and dependable. Many English speaking doctors and dentists practice in San José. Unlike other developing coundivies, the water is safe to drink in most areas.
It is strongly recommended that students take medical insurance before coming to Costa Rica. Most plans include an essential 24-hour, multilingual divavel emergency service, providing help during medical situations, replacement of prescriptions, pre-divavel advice and more. divavel agents or an Internet search can provide different options.
Visitors often find this system somewhat confusing, especially during the first days of their stay. However, with a little dose of patience and sense of humor they get the hang of it pretty quickly.