Travel Vaccine and Advice for Costa Rica

Traveling to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and incredible biodiversity. It is a stable and democratic country with a strong commitment to environmental conservation and sustainable tourism.

You are planning a trip to Costa Rica, you ask yourself, what vaccinations do I need for Costa Rica?

Costa Rica vaccinations and travel advice

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following vaccines are recommended for travelers to Costa Rica:

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Hepatitis A

The CDC recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers to Costa Rica, as this disease can be contracted through contaminated food or water.

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Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for travelers who may have sexual contact with locals or may be exposed to blood or bodily fluids, such as healthcare workers.

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The Typhoid vaccine is recommended for travelers who may be eating or drinking outside of major restaurants and hotels, as this disease is contracted through contaminated food or water.

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Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

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The Rabies vaccine is recommended for travelers who may be at risk of animal bites or may be involved in outdoor activities in remote areas where medical care may not be readily available.

We will talk to you about vaccines for Costa Rica.  It is important to consult with our expert travel health providers at the Travel Vaccine Clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to determine which vaccines you need based on your individual health status and travel plans.

Medications for travelers to Costa Rica:


If you are traveling to certain areas of Costa Rica, especially in the rural areas of Limón and Puntarenas, you may be at risk for malaria. Our travel health care provider may recommend antimalarial medication based on your travel itinerary and other individual factors.


Traveler’s diarrhea is a common health concern for visitors to Costa Rica.  During your travel health consultation at the travel clinic we can discuss with you how to prevent and how to treat symptoms of diarrhea.

Motion sickness

If you plan to travel by boat or car, you may want to bring motion sickness medication to prevent nausea and vomiting.

Altitude sickness

If you plan to visit high-altitude destinations such as Monteverde, you may be at risk for altitude sickness. Our travel health care providers may recommend medications during your consultation at the Travel Vaccine Clinic


The sun can be strong in Costa Rica, especially at high altitudes or in the coastal areas. Bring a sunscreen with a high SPF, and consider packing aloe vera gel or other treatments for sunburns.

Altitude sickness

If you plan to visit high-altitude destinations such as Monteverde, you may be at risk for altitude sickness.

Yellow fever

If you are traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission, you may be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter Costa Rica.

It’s important to consult with the health care providers at the travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to discuss any necessary medications based on your individual health status and travel plans.


There are so many activities available for travelers to Costa Rica:


Costa Rica is home to many national parks and protected areas that offer opportunities for hiking, bird-watching, and wildlife observation.


Costa Rica has a long coastline with both Pacific and Caribbean beaches, making it a great destination for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing.

Adventure activities

There are many adventure activities to enjoy in Costa Rica, including zip-lining, white water rafting, kayaking, and more.

Cultural experiences

Costa Rica has a rich culture and history, and visitors can explore traditional towns, museums, and art galleries.

Wellness and relaxation

Costa Rica has many wellness retreats and spas that offer meditation, massage, and other relaxing activities.

Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Costa Rica. Visitors can take a hike to the top of the volcano or relax in one of the natural hot springs nearby.

Manuel Antonio National Park

This beautiful national park is located on the Pacific coast and offers visitors a chance to see monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a protected area known for its incredible biodiversity. Visitors can take guided hikes through the cloud forest to see a variety of flora and fauna.

Tortuguero National Park

This national park is home to sea turtles, manatees, and other marine wildlife. Visitors can take a boat tour through the canals and see the animals up close.

Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula is a beautiful coastal region known for its surfing, beaches, and vibrant nightlife.

La Fortuna Waterfall

The La Fortuna Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located near the Arenal Volcano. Visitors can take a hike to the bottom of the falls and swim in the natural pool.

Poás Volcano National Park

This national park is home to the Poás Volcano, which is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. Visitors can take a hike to the top of the volcano and see the crater up close.

Corcovado National Park

This remote national park is known for its pristine rainforest and diverse wildlife. Visitors can take a guided hike through the park to see monkeys, sloths, and other animals in their natural habitat.

In addition to these activities, Costa Rica is also known for its sustainable tourism practices, with many hotels and tour operators committed to reducing their impact on the environment and supporting local communities.

Before traveling to Costa Rica.

Get Required Vaccinations

Make sure you are up to date on routine vaccines, and speak with our travel healthcare provider at the Travel Vaccine Clinic about any additional vaccines or medications you may need, such as those recommended for malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis A and B.

Prepare for Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved clothing, and staying in accommodations with screens on windows and doors. Consider bringing bed nets treated with insecticide.

Pack Smart

In addition to clothing and personal items, be sure to pack sunscreen, medications for common illnesses like diarrhea, and any necessary prescription medications.

Be Prepared for Altitude

If you plan to visit high-altitude destinations such as Monteverde, be prepared for the effects of altitude, such as shortness of breath and headaches.

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