Travel Checklist

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Reminders and suggestions for your trip to Costa Rica:

  • Laboratory and medical tests.
  • Passport and Visa to Costa Rica - Don't forget it!
  • Wallet - most women remember this, but it's worth putting on the list.
  • Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) - Make sure you are ticketed to SJO Airport. There are 5 airport destinations called San Jose, and we don't want you to end up in California!
  • When you arrive at SJO Airport you will go through immigration. Ask which line is for Americans. They will check your passport and immigration papers (you will be given the immigration form during the flight). Go outside and look for the driver who will be waiting for you. He will have your name on a board. Almost everyone speaks enough English to undesrtand and assist you if you need anything at the airport.
  • Phone - You might not be able to use a USA cellphone in Costa Rica, but you might want to keep yours charged for your trip back to the US.
  • Camera - There are lots of wonderful places to visit in Costa Rica, and you will feel well enough to take a tour or two within a few days of your surgery. It depends on how well you have recovered.
  • Eyeglasses / Contact lenses (lens cleaner) - If you wear them.
  • Books on tape / CDs / DVDs - For the flight.
  • Books / Movies - Most recovery homes have lots of books and movies at your disposal, but you might want to bring some of your favorites.
  • Pillow - Again, for the flight. Sometimes there aren't any on the plane.
  • E-mail Address - There are computers available in most recovery homes and hotels, so you can stay in touch with your family and friends.
  • International Calling Card - Make sure you purchase one that calls FROM Costa Rica TO the US. You may also purchase calling cards in Costa Rica, although prices are better in the States.
  • Credit Cards - If you plan to use any credit card in Costa Rica, it's a good idea to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be out of the country on those dates, so they know that charges will be coming in from Costa Rica. Some companies will decline the card if they think it's not you that is using it.
  • Most places accept US Dollars and/or credit cards. Colones is the local currency, and you may use ATM's to obtain either US Dollars or Colones.
  • Luggage - If your luggage looks like everyone elses... tie a ribbon with a distinctive color on the handle so you can easily spot it on the airport turnstile.
  • You can check the weather forecast closer to your departure date at:
  • Bring a light sweater for the evenings as it can cool down at night. Be sure to pack a few tops that open in the front so your dressings can be changed easily.
  • Pack the usual toiletries you use, but everything else will be provided, i.e. towels, soap, linens, etc.

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