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Costa Rica Travel Tips and Advice

So you're looking for some Costa Rica travel tips? You've cometo the right place. Below I've compiled a list of the best travel advice I can think offor your vacation in beautiful Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Travel Tips:

  • Book your flightsand hotelswell ahead of time if you'recosta rica waterfall traveling in the dry season, from Decemberto April.
  • Better yet, travel during the shoulder, or off-season for thebest 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 theactivities you are going to participate in, like scuba diving. Not all travelers insurance companies cover foradventure sports.
  • If you renta car, make it a 4WD.
  • Drive carefully. Costa Ricans are notoriously reckless drivers,and the road conditions here along with the itinerant livestockdon't make things any easier.
  • Don't try to drive across a river, unless you are absolutelysure of the depth and ground composition. Insurance does not coverstupid mistakes, like flooding.
  • Use Skype to call your loved ones at home, it's a heck of a lotcheaper than hotel room phones.
  • Pay for local guides in the national parks. You'll end upseeing a lot more wildlife than if you hadn't, so it's definitelyworthwhile.
  • Plan your trip ahead of time. While small, the roads here canmake for long travel times that eat into your precious vacationtime, so knowing where to go will prevent doubling back.
  • Where darker colored clothing; sure you look great in thosewhite linen pants, but they're bound to stain immediately and leaveyou 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 othertourists.
  • If you plan on spending any time in San Jose or the highlandsaround Monteverde, bring a warm sweater and a waterproofwindbreaker. It can get chilly there.
  • Denim, unless you were born without sweat glands, is not a goodidea. 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 anextra pair of sandals or flip-flops in case your pair breaks. Thesesizes 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, oryou'll be sweating off ten pounds an hour.
  • Unless you're at a really upscale hotel or restaurant, casualattire is the norm.
  • Lightweight hiking boots are a good idea if you plan on hikingor trekking, with ankle protection from some of the thorny plantsyou'll find in Costa Rica.
  • Pack lightly, as space on buses and domestic planes islimited.
  • Bring plenty of sunscreen. In Costa Rica it's reallyexpensive.
  • Buying insect spray is good, if you have a particular brand youlike. Otherwise just buy something in Costa Rica with plenty ofDEET. Mosquitoes can be vicious, and they can transmit Dengue Fever- which I had once, and let me tell you, it will ruin yourvacation. So plan ahead. This is one of the most important CostaRica travel tips if you're going to be on the coast or in thelowlands.
  • Bring a pair of sturdy sandals like Tevas, Merrells, or Chocos.Otherwise, an old pair of sneakers you can get wet. This isessential for water sports like whitewater rafting.
  • A towel is useful, especially if you're staying in budgetaccommodations, where they're not always provided.corcovado costa rica sunset
  • An umbrella is always helpful in the green season (that'smarketing language for wet season :-)
  • Binoculars are useful for watching that flock of toucans, orspotting other wildlife.
  • Bring a flashlight in case of power outage as sometimes happensin small fishing villages. It'll also be useful to try and spot ahowler monkey at night.
Well, those are all the Costa Rica travel tips I can think of sofar. I'll post more travel advice when I think of it.


Don't forget your spirit of adventure either. You'll needit, and that's a promise!

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