Venue & Transport & FAQ
Wyndham San Jose - Herradura
Avianca is the exclusive official airline for The Open Group / AEA event in Costa Rica.
Taxes -- The airport departure tax is $29. This tax must be purchased prior to check-in. Desks where you can pay this tax are in the main terminal of all international airports. Some local travel agencies and hotels offer to purchase the departure tax in advance, as a convenience for tourists. You must give them authorization, as well as your passport number, and pay a small service fee. Although you can pay the airport exit tax with a credit card, it is charged as a cash advance. Most credit card companies hit this kind of transaction with a fee and begin charging interest on it immediately. It is best to pay the airport tax in cash, either dollars or colones.
The national 13% value added tax (often written as i.v.i. in Costa Rica) is added to all goods and services. This includes hotel and restaurant bills. Restaurants also add on a 10% service charge, for a total of 23% more on your bill.
Tipping -- Tipping is not necessary in restaurants, where a 10% service charge is always added to your bill (along with a 13% tax). If service was particularly good, you can leave a little at your own discretion, but it's not mandatory. Porters and bellhops get around C500 to C1,000 per bag. You don't need to tip a taxi driver unless the service has been superior; a tip is not usually expected.