Outlets and Voltage in Costa Rica for MICE Participants

Outlets and Voltage in Costa Rica for MICE Participants

We want to make sure MICE participants have a smooth and effortless time getting ready for their upcoming trips to Costa Rica. One of the most common questions we get from people preparing for travel to Costa Rica is about the kind of outlets and voltage available in Costa Rica for their chargers and devices. Here’s a quick summary of what works in Costa Rica and what will need an adapter or converter.

Electrical Outlets in Costa Rica

There are two types of outlets you’ll see in Costa Rica. The most common outlets are North American Grounded, which work with three-prong plugins from North America. The second kind, which probably won’t be used in the resorts and hotels participants will be staying in, but may be found outside of them, are North American Non-Grounded. Non-Grounded outlets only work with two-prong plugs.

Any participants coming from countries other than the United States or Canada will need an adapter. If participants don’t have space to pack an adapter, they can be bought in electronic stores like RadioShack. Ask if the hotels where participants will be staying have adapters prior to the trip.

Voltage in Costa Rica

The standard voltage in Costa Rica is 110-120 volts. This is comparable with voltage in the U.S. and Canada. Participants with devices and appliances that use higher or lower voltage will need a voltage transformer.

220-240V appliances

This voltage requires a step-up transformer.

100V Japanese appliances

This voltage requires a step-down transformer.


Our goal prior to MICE trips is always to make the process as seamless as possible. If you or your participants ever have any questions about outlets, voltage, or any other issues, feel free to contact us. We want to address any concerns and worries so that participants can just focus on having an unforgettable experience.

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