Agua Rica Diving
Centro Comercial Diria, Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste,
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
Visit Us: http://www.aguarica.net
About Costa Rica
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
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.
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.
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.
Air Canada has a direct flight once per week from Toronto.
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.
Nature Air at www.natureair.com
cruise lines call at Costa Rican ports, including Holland
America, Costa, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity,
Carnival, Radisson and more.
holding valid passports from the following countries
are permitted to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days without
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.
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.
of all countries not listed above are required a visa
from a Costa Rican embassy or consulate before traveling.
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.
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.
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.
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
Daily rates range from US$25 to around US$100, depending
on class of vehicle. Most agencies have weekly rates,
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.
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
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.