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Agua Rica Diving Center

Centro Comercial Diria, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Ph.506 6530094
Fax 506 6530094.
Boats: 25' EL DELFÍN - Up to 6 divers. 30' BETTINA - Up to 8 divers
Nuber of Tanks: 2 tank dives, 1 tank night dives
Equipment Rentals: We have 15 complete sets of equipment, from the best brands available.
Dive Training Agencies: PADI - SSI
Courses Offered: Resort course to divecon/divemaster
Snorkeling Available: Yes
The only dive shop with boats leaving from Tamarindo bay, dive tours to Catalina Islands, Cabo Velas, night dives, snorkeling tours, cruises, scuba courses. Stunning variety of sea life such as giant manta rays, cow-nosed rays, spotted eagle rays, moray eels, whitetip reef sharks, red snapper, roosterfish, parrotfish, pufferfish, sergeant majors, grunts, starfish, sea fans and live corals.
E-Mail: agricadv@racsa.co.cr
Visit Us: http://www.aguarica.net

About Costa Rica

Nestled between the Pacific & Caribbean coasts of Central America, Costa Rica is known today as a unique dive destination not only for its marine life but for its many topside attractions. Explore cloud forests reserves, hike active volcanos, go white water rafting, float leisurely down a rainforest canal, or even visit a butterfly farm.

Diving can be great any month of the year. Visibility can vary from 40 to 80 feet the same day on different dives. This is primarily due to the abundance of plankton that thrive in the tropical waters, and is the principal reason for the varied pelagic marine life that can be seen on each dive. Swarms of schooling fish, sharks, eagle, manta, and golden rays along with sightings of turtles is synonymous with Costa Rica diving.

Air Travel

Located in the middle of Central America, Costa Rica is easy to reach. Most major international carriers conveniently serve San Jose, the capital city. You can also fly directly to the Guanacaste Region.

From the US
The largest gateways for flights to Costa Rica are Miami and Houston, with other flights originating from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, L.A., New York, Newark, and Washington, D.C. Basic round-trip fares to San José, Costa Rica range from US$500-1200. Standard commercial carriers like American, Continental, and United offer the most convenient flights, but might not be the cheapest, unless you grab a special promotion or airfare war ticket. Charter flights sometimes run from Canada, but scheduled flights are routed through the US. You might find cheaper fares by flying on a Latin American airline like Lacsa, Taca, Copa, or MartinAir. Otherwise, check online or consult a travel agent about discount airfares.

From Canada
Air Canada has a direct flight once per week from Toronto.

From Europe
British Airways flies from London to San José. Iberia flies from Spain with direct connections to San José. Alitalia flies from Italy to Miami, Caracas, and Santo Domingo, and Taca provides passengers with a connecting flight. LTU provides services from Germany.

Domestic Airlines

SANSA at www.flysansa.com (506)221-9414
Nature Air at www.natureair.com (506) 220-3054

Ocean Travel

Numerous cruise lines call at Costa Rican ports, including Holland America, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, Carnival, Radisson and more.

Entry Requirements

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa:
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany dependencies, Greece, Holland and dependencies, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Czech Republic and Uruguay.

Citizens holding valid passports from the following countries are exempt from all visa requirements for stays of 30 days in Costa Rica, though once inside the country, they can apply for extension from the Immigration office, for an authorized period of stay of 90 days:
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Saint Kitts/Nevis, San Marino, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Suriname, Taiwan, Turkey, The Vatican, Venezuela, Estonia and Monaco.

Citizens of all countries not listed above are required a visa from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.

Custom regulations

No customs duties are charged on personal luggage, which includes a series of items for personal, professional, non-commercial use. Costa Rican laws require checked luggage to be screened and travelers to fill out customs declarations declaring the value of any item in their possession, including fruits, vegetables, meat and by- products, biological products such as vaccinations, serums, etc. The head of a family may make a joint declaration for all members residing in the same household and traveling together to Costa Rica.

Getting Around
The majority of Costa Ricans do not own cars, so public transportation is quite well developed, although transport to towns other than San José is limited. Most multi-destination trips will require backtracking into San José and then catching another bus outward again.

The buses are not that comfortable and to the uninitiated and faint-of-heart the system can seem incredibly chaotic, but ask any Costa Rican for advice and they'll point you in the right direction. The good news is that the fares are generally cheap - no destination is more than 9.00 away. There are three major bus terminals in San José: the Coca-Cola terminal is about a 20-minute walk east from the city centre, down Avenida 1; there's the understated Atlántico Norte terminal; and the Caribe, terminal north of Avenida 13 on Calle Central.

Taxis are considered a viable form of public transportation for long journeys, and can be hired by the day, half-day or hour. Cars and motorcycles can also be rented in San José.

Rental Cars
Daily rates range from US$25 to around US$100, depending on class of vehicle. Most agencies have weekly rates, as well.
Agencies in Costa Rica generally do not recognize credit card insurance and will require you to buy theirs at a cost of US$12 to US$20 per day.

Your regular license, along with your passport or Tourist Card, are all that you need to drive in the country.

The water is potable in most of the country. We recommend using bottled water, specially in areas around the coast.

Credit Cards
Almost all hotels and tourist establishments take at least one type of credit card. The most widely accepted are Visa and Mastercard. American Express is nearly as widely accepted. Most tourist oriented businesses will also cash travelers checks. You will also find ATM machines distributed throughout the country.

Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong plugs. Electricity is available in all but the most remote areas. Many remote places not serviced by the utility company have local generators.

No immunizations are required for visitors. Costa Rica is well known for providing world-class healthcare and beauty services.

Costa Rica has satellite connections with all the Central American countries, the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia and Africa. Apart from direct dialing, fax and telex communications to most of the countries in the world, it has an efficient mailing system and offers several courier services.




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