If you’ve never vacationed in Central America, you may have questions about Costa Rica Internet access. ‘Working’ vacations have become standard in the United States, and travelers from all over the world are now accustomed to keeping in touch via the World Wide Web.
Happily, Costa Rica Internet access is less complicated than you might expect. Most major hotels feature free in-room Wi Fi service as part of their amenities list, and even hotels that don’t offer Internet access in-room often offer it in the lobby.
Most tourist destinations in Costa Rica have at least one, if not several, Internet cafes–places where anyone can enjoy a snack and a coffee and surf the net at leisure. If you don’t want to lug a laptop around or leave a valuable device in your room while you travel, the Costa Rica Internet access found in these friendly Internet cafes might be your best option.
To arrange your cybercafé visits in advance or look up where to find a cybercafe while in Costa Rica, go towww.cybercafe.com, or just ask at your hotel’s front desk. You won’t have much trouble finding a spot.
A quick call to your travel agent or hotel will quickly answer lots of questions about your Costa Rica Internet access options while traveling. Some hotels even have a few public Internet stations in the lobby or entire rooms devoted to Internet workstations for surfing, work, or gaming.
What about email? If your email is an online account, as many corporate accounts are, or is one of the free accounts found at Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail (MSNBC), you will have no problem at all. If, however, you maintain an account with your local ISP you might be able to have your messages forwarded temporarily to an online account by using the free web interface service Mail2Web (www.mail2web.com).
Travelers needing expanded Costa Rica Internet access for work issues can even access desktop files by using a service called GoToMyPC (www.gotomypc.com). Many corporations now include a similar service as part of their professional web interface for employees.
What about Costa Rica Internet access for travelers with older computers or travelers who still use dial-up?
With every passing year, the number of travelers who need dial up access grows smaller and smaller. If you are still in that group of dial up pioneers, however, don’t despair! Most ISPs have dial up access numbers all over the world, and if yours does not, you can still find a number to use by checking out IPass (www.ipass.com).
Costa Rica Internet access for dial up is mechanically identical to dial up access in other countries, and uses standard US style phone jacks and standard three prong electrical plugs with 110V current. Bring your connection kit for your laptop and you can plug in anywhere and find a connection via telephone.
If all else fails, you can buy phone cards from the Costa Rica Internet monopoly (run by the Costa Rican government) in five, ten, and fifteen hour denominations that will enable your to connect to the Internet via your hotel phone line.
We live in an Internet age and access is no longer optional. The good news is that, contrary to what you might expect, Costa Rica Internet access is easy and plentiful.