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If you’re someone who loves adventure, Costa Rica is the place for you. Even though Costa Rica is a small country, it is known for its majestic beaches, volcanoes, and friendly locals. It is flanked by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, with a diverse landscape and weather.
Costa Rica is the best vacation destination for you! The crowded and densely packed capital San José has all the historical museums, socializing, and nightlife, but the best part of Costa Rica is its endless beaches scattered with towns, inland forests teeming with wildlife lush and rugged terrain with waterfalls and volcanoes.
This also means that for adventurers staying connected is quite a challenge. There are a couple of network providers out there that you can use in Costa Rica. Here’s a quick overview of all the networks there.
Best network providers in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has three main network providers: Kölbi, Movistar, and Claro. Kölbi remains the most dominant mobile network across the country due to its excellent video experience and 4G coverage on the roads and central valley.
Similarly, Movistar also maintains its lead in 4G network availability; however, it is difficult to connect to Movistar in outer regions. However, Claro provides the best voice app experience, but 4G availability is rather difficult to find on the network.
Since Costa Rica’s landscape and geography are so varied getting mobile signals can be a tough challenge sometimes. Worry not, we’ve looked into the coverage from the three main networks there. So, now you can plan ahead and not lose connection with your loved ones when you are in Costa Rica!
Our data plans
|Carrier||Small Plan||Medium Plan||Large Plan|
|Kölbi||₡200 – 50 MB / 1 Day||₡2,500 – 500 MB / 10 Days||₡ 4,000 – 2 GB / 30 Days|
|Movistar||₡200 – 30 MB / 1 Day||₡2,000 – 5 GB / 30 Days||₡3000 – 25 GB / 30 Days|
|Claro||₡100 – 30 MB / 1 Day||₡1,000 – 400 MB / 3 Days||₡4,500 – 3 GB / 15 Days|
How do I get these local plans?
To get your hands on these local plans once you land in Costa Rica, you can get the SIM cards at the airports but as you make your way into the city they are more easily available at their own outlets or local supermarkets as well.
To purchase the SIM cards, you will need your passport for identification and you will also have to make sure that your device is unlocked so that the Costa Rican SIM cards are compatible with your device.
Benefits of using an eSIM/devices that support eSIMs
If you want swift connectivity once you land in Costa Rica, eSIMs are a superb option for you. With eSIMs, you do not need to deal with the hassle of purchasing a physical SIM card and inserting it into your device or end up losing it.
At US Mobile we offer coverage through eSIMs, and our plans will give you access to all three networks in Costa Rica. Our eSIM plans also have smart coverage which means that the eSIM will intelligently shift between networks to the one with the strongest signal.
You can easily switch networks and add more data by sending us access to the US Mobile app or sending us an email. You do not need to worry about finding kiosks/stores to buy the Costa Rican SIM cards dealing with the language barrier, finding a place to keep your US SIM, changing SIM, etc. You can install the eSIM at home (with a few taps on our app) and get live-at-arrival connectivity.
All you need is an eSIM compatible device and a US Mobile data plan. To know more details, please click here.
As easy as it gets!
All it takes to get an eSIM with US Mobile is:
1. Check if your device is eSIM compatible.
2. Sign up and sign in to your dashboard.
3. “Add a line” and choose your plan.
4. Install your digital eSIM and you’re good to go!
US Mobile Plans
OR you can get a US Mobile international plan. If you have an eSIM enabled phone you can get one of these plans. US Mobile has smart coverage on almost all the networks. With smart coverage, our eSIMs can connect with the best carrier available in Costa Rica.
Here are the plans available in Costa Rica:
1 GB – $25
3 GB – $60
If you are travelling, look no further!
If you are looking to travel to Costa Rica and are worried about a network, look no further your search ends right here. At US Mobile, we have you covered with a convenient and very affordable data plan! Just have a US Mobile data plan and an eSIM compatible phone for a serene vacation in Costa Rica.