Services Offered


An excellent system of public buses connect San Jose with the rest of the country.

Plenty of taxis provide individual access to any part of the country at reasonable cost.

Rental car agencies offer a variety of types of vehicles for individual, group, or off-road excursions.

Domestic airlines connect much of the country through regularly scheduled and charter flights.

The international airport provides connections to the world through two Costa Rican airlines and over thirty foreign air carriers which provide regularly scheduled service, and others that provide charter services.

A State-funded, compulsory system of education was established in 1869.

The State system includes learning institutions at all levels.

The State currently spends about 27% of the national budget on education.

Seventy percent of secondary education is provided by public schools.

There are 3,879 educational centers educating more than 780,000 students, including 60,000 university level students.

93% of the population has at least basic reading and writing skills.

More than 1,000 tourist spots can be visited without difficulty.

Over 600 of those are natural sites that draw more than half of the tourists visiting Costa Rica.

124,000 Costa Rican families are involved with tourism.

The official promotion and regulating agency for tourism is the Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT). The Board’s address is:
Instituto Costarricense de Turismo
Apartado 777-1000
San Jose, Costa Rica
Telephone in Costa Rica: (506) 222-1090 or 223-1733, ext. 277
Fax in Costa Rica: (506) 223-5452 or 555-4997
They also have a toll-free number in the US: 1-800-327-7033

Scores of tour agencies provide an abundance of packaged and specialized tours to all corners of the country.

All types of activities exist for the tourist: water sports, including fishing, white-water rafting and diving; nature hikes, camping, birding, horseback riding; ball sports such as tennis, beach volleyball, and golf.