Legal AGE to do STUFF

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Legal AGE to do STUFF in Costa Rica


Travel Costa Rica Now.con tries to provide the most update information. This is for the teenagers and families of kids who want to know what the “Legal Ages” are in Costa Rica. These are the laws. That said, we will offer our opinions when appropriate.

Actually, you don't have to wear the hood.
Actually, you don't have to wear the hood.
Legal age to rent a car – 21. People between the ages of 21-25 will often have an extra fee (yes, because of their age).


Legal age to vote – 18


Legal age to purchase or drink alcohol – 18. Underage drinking is a problem in Costa Rica. I’ve seen kids drinking right in front of police, with no problem and they often sell alcohol without carding as well, it’s very subjective. As with many laws in Costa Rica, they’re in place, but not always enforced.


Legal age to get enter nightclubs – 18. They always card to enter a ‘club.’ Restaurants and bars are a different matter. Kids that look close to18 don’t often have problems having a beer at a bar or restaurant. We’re not suggesting anything, we’re just reporting.


Legal age to purchase or consume cigarettes – 18. Again, it’s the law, but not always enforced.


Legal age to obtain a drivers license and drive – 18.


Legal age of consent with another adult – 18. No matter what you have read on other websites, if you’re an adult (18+) and have sex (straight or gay) with someone under 18 years of age, <YOU COULD BE IN BIG TIME TROUBLE>


Legal age of consent between minors – 15. Costa Rica is BIG on public displays of affection, and they start young (straight only, wouldn’t recommend if you’re gay).


Public displays of affection are the NORM here (although this may be a tad over the top)
Public displays of affection are the NORM here (although this may be a tad over the top)
Legal age to obtain birth control pills – 14.


Legal age to marry without permission – 16.


Legal age to marry with parental permission – 15.


Legal age to join the military – Whoo Hoo, Costa Rica has NO military.


Legal age to enter into a legal and binding contract – 18.


Legal age to view an “R-Rated” movie – 18. Again, subjective and ironic since there’s no minimum age to view nudity and ‘X-Rated’ content on television. And there’s a lot here.


Legal age to view a “PG-Rated” movie – 15. Ditto.


Legal age for employment – 15. There are restrictions on types, hours per day/week etc.)


Legal age to pick coffee – Well, there doesn’t seem to be a minimum age.


Compulsory age of education – 15.


Legal age to obtain credit – 16.


Legal age to scan groceries – 16 although you must be 18 to sell alcohol.


Legal age to give blood – 16.

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