Costa Rican properties utilize the same 120V 60Hz electrical sockets that are found in the USA and Canada (accepting two-prong flat connector plugs as well as three-prong connector plugs including an earth connector). Some older properties offer only two-prong sockets, however newer and renovated builds are typically equipped with modern three-prong sockets (ideal for laptop cables).
If the hotel you are staying at offers two-prong sockets in the bedroom (or living room, if your room is a suite), check the bathroom for a three-prong socket. Some older properties will include one three-prong socket per unit, and nearly every time we searched for one, we have found it in the bathroom.
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Electricity in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica the power sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Which power plugs and sockets in Costa Rica?
In Costa Rica the power sockets are of type A and B. Check out the following pictures.
- Type A: mainly used in North and Central America, China and Japan. This socket only works with plug A.
- Type B: like type A but with an extra prong for grounding. This socket also works with plug A.
Buy a power plug (travel) adapter
We don’t sell power plug adapters. We refer you to Amazon, where you will find a great selection of travel adapters.
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What voltage and frequency in Costa Rica?
In Costa Rica the standard voltage is 120 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Costa Rica, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 110 – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries). Manufacturers take small deviations (plus or minus 5%) into account. Be careful if you bring appliances from Japan (100 V).
If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia), you need a voltage converter in Costa Rica. Some say you can carefully try to use your appliances in Costa Rica without a converter. Most likely they won’t be damaged, but may not function optimally. If you don’t want to take any chances, use a converter. You can find voltage converters at Amazon. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.