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Many engaged couples looking to have their wedding in Costa Rica are not aware of the required documents, rules and regulations pertaining to marriage in this country. For instance, only a Catholic Priest or a Costa Rica Lawyer can marry a couple in Costa Rica, a Protestant Pastor may not. 

If neither the Bride nor the Groom is Costa Rican:

Each person must have a valid passport which does not expire for 6 months, and you must submit two copies of each to your lawyer

You will need to locate and hire a local attorney to marry you and file your paperwork. If you are being wed at a hotel, the hotel will likely recommend an attorney or hire one for you. If the hotel does locate one, it will likely cost around $500 USD; however if you hire one on your own it will likely cost around $300. If one person’s first language is not Spanish, then a translator must be present and the ceremony must be held in both languagesOnly a lawyer (notary) or Catholic Priest in Costa Rica can perform the ceremony and the marriage is considered official when the document has been registered with the Registro Civil (Civil Registry). This can take anywhere between 3 months to almost a year.

Marriages legally performed and valid in Costa Rica are also legally valid in other countries; however you may need to have it certified by your countries consulate in Costa Rica.

For Canadian and American citizens, the marriage certificate must be translated into English by an Official Translator who is accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and then authenticated at the “Yellow House” in San Jose by the Ministry of Foreign Relations. You will then have to take it to your countries consulate and have it signed by your embassy’s Consular Section.



American Citizens Do Not Require A Visa To Enter Costa Rica

Required Travel Documents For Adults And Minors:

1.      Travel Document Required

2.      Passport Yes

3.      Pre-paid airline or bus ticket to exit Costa Rica Yes

4.      Visa No

5.      How long can you stay per visit?  --- 3 months (90 calendar days)

Sufficient Financial Means

$100.00US dollars per every 30 calendar days you plan to stay in Costa Rica

1 Day Passport Validity Rule

Your passport must be valid at least 1 calendar day beyond the date that you enter Costa Rica. Passports must contain a blank visa stamp page. Children under 18 may travel with a joint passport with their parents, legal guardians or travel companion.

Disclaimer: We update our website after the Department of Immigration publishes new information; however, visa and passport requirements frequently change.


Colon & US Dollar


Spanish & English

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Temperature extremes in Alajuela range from 36.6 Fahrenheit (2.6 Celsius) to 95.6 Fahrenheit (35.2 Celsius). The year is generally split into two periods: the dry season, or summer, which goes from December to April, and the rainy season, or winter, which goes from May until November. The winter corresponds with the Atlantic hurricane season, so rain can be a daily part of Alajuelan life. The highlands and the Northern Plains can very greatly in terms of temperature, and precipitation.

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The province of Alajuela is a great place to head for to escape the hustle and bustle of San Jose. Lush, verdant and green, this province is home to many traditional Tico towns like San Ramon, Sarchi and Grecia. Home to the Arenal Volcano National Park and the fiery Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most popular tourist attraction, you will also find plenty of coffee plantations and farms in Alajuela as well, due to the fertile and rich soil found here.

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Best of all, Alajuela is home to Juan Santamaria International Airport, which provides flights to a number of domestic and international destinations. The airport makes it easier for travelers to get to and from the most remote of travel destinations.

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There is a movie theater, shopping mall and cafes as well as one of the largest farmers markets in the country. Every Saturday morning, locals and visitors gather to purchase fresh produce, handcrafted items and listen to local music. It's a great way for people to experience the true Tico lifestyle.

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There are numerous restaurants in Alajuela, with many located near the popular tourist destinations in the province. In Alajuela city, you will find a variety of restaurants from inexpensive sodas to fast food outlets and fine dining establishments. In some of the spa resorts in Alajuela, the restaurants serve macrobiotic and vegetarian cuisine only to help patrons stay fit and healthy.

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Sodas and small restaurants can be found throughout Alajuela province and serve a variety of dishes from beef and chicken to fish and seafood. Rice and beans, a Costa Rican staple is also popular in this part of the country. Many of these sodas in Alajuela are situated in idyllic locations and are a great place to have a quick bite to eat. Cheap and affordable, the food sold in these sodas is often prepared right in front of you, within a few minutes, from the freshest ingredients that are on hand. Visitors will discover small eateries on almost every city block. Roasted chicken, fine steaks, Tex-Mex and traditional food are all available, as are American fast-food chains.

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Ojo de Agua, a water park that is frequented by locals on weekends, has two swimming pools and a small lake that are filled with natural spring water. The park also features a soccer field, tennis courts and picnic area. Located four miles south of Alajuela. Thrill seekers will enjoy soaring through the air on a zip-line canopy tour from a series of 24 platforms at Colinas de Poas. The park has a stocked lake for trout fishing, a nice restaurant and hiking trails. Located in the cool mountains a few miles outside of Alajuela on Fraijanes Road, follow the signs.


As the second largest province in Costa Rica, Alajuela is home to a vast variety of both man-made and natural attractions. The province is the site of one of the most pristine mountain ranges, the Cordillera Central range, in addition to several volcanic national parks. Travelers seeking a cultural experience will also enjoy this region, as it is home to Alajuela, a laid-back metro area located just outside of San Jose. Sitting on a gentle slope, Alajuela is also slightly warmer and smaller than the neighboring capital.

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PerfectWeddingAway.com makes every effort to keep resort information up to date, however, information and marriage requirements may change, so we cannot guarantee that all information on particular resorts or destinations are completely accurate. Before making wedding decisions on any resort or destination, we strongly recommend that you speak with your destination wedding travel agent or / and wedding planner.