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First Steps

The logical first step in finding out if Costa Rica is the right place for you is to see it for yourself. According to the official website of Costa Rica, visitors from the U.S. are not required to carry a visa to enter the country.

“U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted,” the website says. “You will find ATM machines distributed throughout the country.” Those wishing to get a more authentic experience can exchange their U.S. dollars for the national currency, known as the colón.

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