Costa Rica Electric Outlets
If you are getting ready to travel to Costa Rica and don’t want to be caught with a dead battery, this post is for you. To avoid this, you will need to know the basics of electric outlets in Costa Rica.
There is nothing worse than the group getting ready for their next adventure, and the bus is leaving, and you realize your phone is almost dead. This is most likely your camera and 3% battery and about to visit the most beautiful places on the planet.
Costa Rica runs pretty much 99% on clean energy so make sure when you come that you tap into some of it!
The quick answer is that you do not need any special adapter. With that said, keep reading because it’s better to play it safe.
Costa Rica has the same voltage output as the US, Canada, and Mexico, between 110 – 120. The main difference that is very important is that there are two ways to access this energy: grounding (the three-prong socket you see) or polarization (the two-prong socket and the left side being slightly taller).
The benefit of being in the US compared to Costa Rica is that all sockets are now required to allow both polarization or grounded inserted into the same socket. In Costa Rica, it is not required. This means you could find yourself wanting to charge your laptop with three prongs and only have a two-prong socket.
Play it Safe Adapters for Costa Rica
You will be fine most of the time when using electric outlets in Costa Rica. You might run into the problem mentioned above in some of the older constructions.
If you want to play it safe, go to your local hardware store or order off Amazon grounding and polarization socket adaptors. They will cost you pennies and might save you the trouble of having a dead camera in Costa Rica.
It is doubtful you will not find a socket that fits nearby, but it’s always better to play it safe.
In closing, it’s much more comfortable traveling to Costa Rica from the US than from the rest of the world when needing to get your appliances charged. There is a slight chance you could have the 3 and 2 prong issue but don’t panic if you happen to read this blog post at the airport and think you won’t be able to find a socket that works. I am almost sure you will be just fine!