Making International Calls

Maybe Im just a sheltered American, but until the first time I visited Costa Rica, I had never made an international call. Needless to say, I was baffled by the combination of country codes, area codes, and the pay phones in general in Costa Rica. To make the entire situation even more complicated, standard calling cards wont work in Costa Rica.

Another option is an international cell phones.

How to make a international call from Costa Rica



  1. First you will need to buy a calling card from inside Costa Rica. These can be picked up just about anywhere for various amounts.
  2. Dial 00
  3. Dial the country code (USA is 1)
  4. Dial the area code
  5. Dial the phone number

Another option is an international cell phones.