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Best Costa Rica Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Costa Rica (Updated 2022)

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We will tell you about how to buy a prepaid Costa Rican sim card and the best Costa Rica sim card for tourists. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and day trips

We will write how to buy a prepaid sim card in Costa Rica. You can buy the cheapest sim card in Costa Rica with Kölbi Costa Rica prepaid sim card for 4000 CRC=$7 USD with 2 GB data valid for 30 days.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for $42 USD with 6 GB data in Costa Rica valid for 15 days and use our discount code GAMINTRAVELER. Read here best Costa Rica eSim

Read here Costa Rica travel tips, Costa Rica packing list, breakfast in Costa Rica and how to get from San Jose airport to city center.

Read here how to get from San Jose airport to Puerto Viejo, San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rican food, vegetarian food in Costa Rica, drinks in Costa Rica, best restaurants in San Jose, Budget travel in Costa Rica and Backpacking Costa Rica!

WHERE TO STAY IN SAN JOSE

There are dormitory rooms where you can rent the bed for as low as $8 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb are also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE

You can read Heymondo Vs Safetwing cheapest travel Insurance. You can get for $135 USD your Heymondo Travel Insurance with Heymondo discount code valid for 90 days. Read our full Heymondo Travel Insurance Review

You can get Safetywing Travel Insurance for Digital Nomads valid for 28 days Safetywing for $50 USD per month with kids until 10 years old included

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COSTA RICA TOURIST SIM CARD AND PREPAID SIM CARD IN COSTA RICA

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First thing we have to say about Costa Rican sim card, internet and data connection in Costa Rica is great especially in the cities. There are a few places off the beaten path like mountains, beaches and forest where the connection will be weak.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Costa Rica. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get outside the airport when getting to the city in an official phone shop.

There are 3 main phone operators in Costa Rica: Movistar, Kölbi and Claro. The fastest speed is Claro while Kölbi gets the most geographical coverage. It’s better to have both if you are depending on internet for your work.

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BUYING COSTA RICA SIM CARD AIRPORT (SIM CARD SAN JOSE AIRPORT)

Buying a Costa Rica sim card in San Jose airport is simple and easy. You can get your sim card in Juan Santamaria International Airport. This option it will be more expensive but it’s great especially if you are heading outside the city to the beach.

If you aren’t in a hurry you can wait until get to the city to get your Costa Rica prepaid card. There are kiosks and phone shops where to buy your Costa Rica tourist sim card.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for $42 USD with 6 GB data in Costa Rica valid for 15 days and use our discount code GAMINTRAVELER.

WHERE TO GET YOUR COSTA RICA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Costa Rica sim card at San Jose airport and phone shops almost. There are phone kiosks and local shops willing to sell an Costa Rica prepaid sim card.

Just make sure that you present your foreign passport. If you are getting to Costa Rica by bus from Panama or Nicaragua you can also get your Costa Rica tourist sim card in the Bus Station or around in kiosks and street sellers.

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD COSTA RICA COMPARISON

We will focus in this prepaid sim card Costa Rica with Kölbi the most popular one in the country. We will tell you about Movistar and Claro the second and third largest in Costa Rica.

Kölbi Costa Rica Sim Card

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Kölbi Costa Rica sim card is the largest phone operator. You will have the best coverage and we totally recommend this sim card if you are traveling in a few destinations in Costa Rica. You can get a Kölbi sim card for 1000 CRC=$2 USD in the airport or phone stores. Check here prices and packages in Kolbi website!

You can get a Kölbi prepaid sim card in Costa Rica for 2500 CRC=$6 USD you will get 500 MB data and 400 MB for social media apps valid 10 days. For 4000 CRC=$7 USD with 2 GB data valid for 30 days.

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Movistar Costa Rica Sim Card

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Movistar Costa Rica sim card is the second largest phone operator. You can get a Movistar sim card for 1500 CRC =$3 USD in the airport or phone stores in Costa Rica. Check here prices and packages in Movistar website!

You can get a Movistar prepaid sim ard in Costa Rica for 2500 CRC=$4 USD with 650 MB data and 20 minutes calls and sms valid 7 days. And for 5900 CRC=$10 USD 2.3 GB data and 70 minutes and sms valid for 15 days.

Claro Costa Rica Sim Card

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Claro Costa sim card is the third largest phone operator the country. You can get a Claro sim card for 1500 CRC =$3 USD but with 1000 CRC credit with 50 MB data and 250 MB for social media. Check here prices and packages in Claro website!

You can get a Claro prepaid sim card in Costa Rica for 3500 CRC with 400 MB and unlimited social media, 60 minutes calls, 60 sms valid for 7 days. And for 8500 CRC with 3.5 GB and 8500 CRC credit for 30 days.

COSTA RICAN SIM CARD CONCLUSION (CHEAPEST SIM CARD COSTA RICA)

My Costa Rican Sim Card Conclusion is buying the cheapest sim card in Costa Rica with Kölbi Costa Rica prepaid sim card for 4000 CRC=$7 USD with 2 GB data valid for 30 days if you are planning to travel around.

Since the coverage is better and prices are similar to Movistar and Claro. Unless you can get a special package or a promotion with other companies I will go for Kölbi in Costa Rica. Claro would be my second option since it has the best prices and packages.

Make sure you check Holafly eSim for $42 USD with 6 GB data in Costa Rica valid for 15 days and use our discount code GAMINTRAVELER.

BEST TIME TO VISIT COSTA RICA

In Costa Rica their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is  from December to April because of easier transport. 

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CASH AND ATM IN COSTA RICA

The currency of Costa Rica is called Colòn and as of now, $1 USD is worth 600 Colòn. Do not exchange your currency at the airport because you’ll get less than what you’ll get with the city’s exchange. Anyway if you are bringing USD you can use them while traveling around Costa Rica no need to exchange them.

Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Costa Rica. Know real-time currency exchange here!

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA

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Breakfast will be the cheapest meal of the day and you can load up on Gallo Pinto, tortillas, eggs, fried plantains and some fresh fruit too for around $3-4 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $8-10 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $3 USD.

You can have a budget of $15-20 USD a day and it can already get you more then enough decent meals. Costa Rica is little bit pricey comparing to the other countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA

There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb are also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night.

Double room hostels can costs up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $80 USD a night.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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