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What to Know Before Traveling to Costa Rica

Things to Know Before Visiting Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a jewel in Central America with a lot of natural wonders and exciting things to do. Anyone who loves nature or wants to try new things should come here at least once. This article tells you everything you need to know, such as when is the best time to go, what are the most popular things to do, and how to stay safe so your trip goes smoothly.



Best Time to Visit For You

The best time to visit Costa Rica is whenever your itinerary allows for the most fun. Beachgoers and surfers looking for sunny days might score big during the dry season (December–April). However, this period also happens to be the peak time for visitors, leading to huge crowds and escalated prices. The green season (May–November) is the best time to see the lush rainforests and waterfalls in all their glory.  Therefore, it may be the preferred time of year for those who like nature. The weather can be highly erratic during this period, and there is always the risk of flooding causing road closures and halting various attractions, so planning ahead is paramount.



Getting Around and What to Expect

Although it is relatively simple to travel across the nation, be aware that some roads are curvy, twisting, and small. The roads can pose a challenge as the roads are often thin and meandering, with traffic tending to drag in urban areas. If renting a car to drive oneself is not your cup of tea, it is preferable to hire a driver. While they might be sluggish and crowded, public transit buses are also available. Instead, domestic travel by plane can be a practical and cost-effective choice, particularly if you want to visit numerous places in a time-efficient manner.



Lodging Ideas to Plan Ahead

Costa Rica has a wide range of hotel and Airbnb alternatives to meet any traveler’s needs and budget. For those on a tighter budget, lodging options like hostels and Airbnb are ideal, while those who want to splurge will find no shortage of five-star resorts, boutique hotels, and eco-lodges. Book a hotel near the water or the jungle to get the most out of your trip.



Safety Tips to Keep In Mind

Costa Rica is a generally secure country, but it’s always essential to take adequate measures to safeguard yourself and your possessions. Although petty theft is minimal, especially in the tourist regions of Costa Rica, visitors should nevertheless be aware of their surroundings and take necessary precautions, like anywhere unfamiliar. Never go around with a large sum of cash on you, keep a photocopy of your passport ID page and the page with your entry stamp, keep your valuables in a secure location, and avoid traveling at night by yourself. Using licensed taxis is also a sensible idea and is identifiable by its triangle on the side doors and taxi lamp on the roof. It’s best to avoid leaving your belongings unattended on the beach or in a parked car, as opportunistic thieves are known to target tourists in these areas. While swimming in the ocean, especially during high tide and strong currents, it’s crucial to exercise caution, always swim near a lifeguard station, and heed their instructions.



Plan your Activities

There is a variety of exciting activities, such as ziplining, white water rafting, and surfing, for those with a thirst for adventure. Naturalists and animal watchers will appreciate the country’s many national parks, such as Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero. If you’re looking to unwind, the nearest beach or hot springs are the perfect destinations. Natural beauty abounds in Costa Rica, with numerous must-see attractions to factor into your itinerary. A few notable spots include the active Arenal Volcano northwest of the country, renowned for hiking, hot springs, and other outdoor adventures such as zip-lining or horseback riding. Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast is famous for its stunning beaches, hiking trails, and diverse wildlife featuring monkeys and sloths. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a protected area harboring extensive flora and fauna, including the famous quetzal bird. It provides a fantastic zip-line tour experience or a guided hike through the forest canopy. Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast is a breeding ground for sea turtles. It houses monkeys, birds, and other wildlife, making it an ideal location for a boat tour or guided rainforest hike.




Costa Rica is a beautiful place with a lot to offer, but like with any trip, preparation is essential. You’ll be well-prepared for your journey in this gorgeous nation if you follow the advice in this article. You’ll have all the information you need to make the most of your stay in Costa Rica, from the ideal time to come to the most popular activities and safety precautions. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adrenaline addict, or simply looking for a good time.



What currency is used in Costa Rica?

The currency used in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican colon (CRC).

Do I need a visa to enter Costa Rica? Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality.

Check with your embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information. Canadians and people from the USA as well as many European countries are not required to have a visa to visit, but Costa Rica will check if you have a return ticket within 90 days of entry.

Can I drink tap water in Costa Rica?

Drinking tap water in rural areas of Costa Rica is generally not recommended. Stick to bottled water or bring a water purifier.

What language do they speak in Costa Rica?

The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish, but English may also be spoken in tourist areas.

What is the weather like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C) depending on the region and time of year. The green season is from May to November, and the dry season is from December to April.


-Written by Glenn Tellier (Founder of Grupo Gap)

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