Costa Rica Travel Tips and Advice
So you're looking for some Costa Rica travel tips? You've come
to the right place. Below I've compiled a list of the best travel advice I can think of
for your vacation in beautiful Costa Rica.
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Costa Rica Travel Tips:
Well, those are all the Costa Rica travel tips I can think of so
far. I'll post more travel advice when I think of it.
- Book your flights
well ahead of time if you're traveling in the dry season, from December
- Better yet, travel during the shoulder, or off-season for the
best rates and least crowds.
- Make sure your medical insurance covers you abroad. Otherwise,
look into traveler's insurance, and make sure it covers you for the
activities you are going to participate in, like
scuba diving. Not all travelers insurance companies cover for
- If you rent
a car, make it a 4WD.
- Drive carefully. Costa Ricans are notoriously reckless drivers,
and the road conditions here along with the itinerant livestock
don't make things any easier.
- Don't try to drive across a river, unless you are absolutely
sure of the depth and ground composition. Insurance does not cover
stupid mistakes, like flooding.
- Use Skype to call your loved ones at home, it's a heck of a lot
cheaper than hotel room phones.
- Pay for local guides in the national parks. You'll end up
seeing a lot more wildlife than if you hadn't, so it's definitely
- Plan your trip ahead of time. While small, the roads here can
make for long travel times that eat into your precious vacation
time, so knowing where to go will prevent doubling back.
- Where darker colored clothing; sure you look great in those
white linen pants, but they're bound to stain immediately and leave
you one item of clothing less to where.
- Don't wear bright colors when you're searching for wildlife.
You'll scare off the animals and quite possibly other
- If you plan on spending any time in San Jose or the highlands
around Monteverde, bring a warm sweater and a waterproof
windbreaker. It can get chilly there.
- Denim, unless you were born without sweat glands, is not a good
idea. It's hot and takes forever to dry if you get it wet.
- Bring a bathing suit!
- If you have large feet (11+ US) then you might want to bring an
extra pair of sandals or flip-flops in case your pair breaks. These
sizes can be hard to find.
- If you're traveling during the wet season, bring a lightweight,
breathable rain jacket. You don't want a heavy vinyl thing, or
you'll be sweating off ten pounds an hour.
- Unless you're at a really upscale hotel or restaurant, casual
attire is the norm.
- Lightweight hiking boots are a good idea if you plan on hiking
or trekking, with ankle protection from some of the thorny plants
you'll find in Costa Rica.
- Pack lightly, as space on buses and domestic planes is
- Bring plenty of sunscreen. In Costa Rica it's really
- Buying insect spray is good, if you have a particular brand you
like. Otherwise just buy something in Costa Rica with plenty of
DEET. Mosquitoes can be vicious, and they can transmit Dengue Fever
- which I had once, and let me tell you, it will ruin your
vacation. So plan ahead. This is one of the most important Costa
Rica travel tips if you're going to be on the coast or in the
- Bring a pair of sturdy sandals like Tevas, Merrells, or Chocos.
Otherwise, an old pair of sneakers you can get wet. This is
essential for water sports like
- A towel is useful, especially if you're staying in budget
accommodations, where they're not always provided.
- An umbrella is always helpful in the green season (that's
marketing language for wet season :-)
- Binoculars are useful for watching that flock of toucans, or
spotting other wildlife.
- Bring a flashlight in case of power outage as sometimes happens
in small fishing villages. It'll also be useful to try and spot a
howler monkey at night.
Don't forget your spirit of adventure either. You'll need
it, and that's a promise!
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