ATMS are plentiful; however, service charges can be a bit high. You may want to consider bringing cash and changing money at a local bank. Airport exchange rates are usually LESS favorable than those in most banks.
Costa Rica has a long tradition of democracy and respect for individual rights. “Ticos,” as locals are called, have been peaceably electing their governments for over 175 years. You need only take the normal precautions to protect your personal belongings, as you would in any country. Violent crime is rare.
Attire in Costa Rica is casual. At the beaches, most people wear shorts, day and night. Sandals are always acceptable. If you are traveling to San Jose, most people will not wear tank tops out at night, while at the beach it really depends on where you are going.
The temperature varies only slightly during the year. Since Costa Rica has so many altitudes and microclimates, you should check with each destination you plan to visit. At Brisas del Paraiso/Paradise Breezes, the days will be warm (hot in the sun), and the nights comfortable.
Costa Rica is in the Central Time Zone. Costa Rica does NOT observe Daylight Savings Time. Based on its location, there is little variance throughout the year in the number of daylight hours. Sunrise and sunset are fairly consistent at around 5:30am and 5:30pm.
Although Costa Rica is north of the equator, you should know, when speaking with a Tico, that they consider the winter months (December-March) “summer” and vice-versa the summer months. It is typically very dry from December-March; the transitional months are April-August and November, with the wettest months being September-October.