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In the United States or Canada, you can get basic information on Costa Rica by contacting the Costa Rican Tourist Board (ICT, or Instituto Costarricense de Turismo; tel. 866/267-8274 in the U.S. and Canada, or 2299-5800 in Costa Rica; www.visitcostarica.com). Travelers from the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand will have to rely primarily on this website, or call direct to Costa Rica, because the ICT does not have toll-free access in these countries.

In addition to this official site, you'll be able to find a wealth of Web-based information on Costa Rica with a few clicks of your mouse. In fact, you'll be better off surfing, as the ICT site is rather limited and clunky.

You can pick up a map at the ICT's information desk at the airport when you arrive, or at their downtown San José offices. Perhaps the best map to have is the waterproof country map of Costa Rica put out by Toucan Maps (www.mapcr.com), which can be ordered directly from their website, or any major online bookseller, like Amazon.com.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.