On this page you’ll find all my articles on Costa Rica… which at this time is just one lonely post.
I’m happy to answer questions about my time there in lieu of writing more blog posts on the subject but, in the meantime, check out this post that outlines getting sick while traveling (including my most recent bout of catching the flu in Costa Rica).
COSTA RICA TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Colones (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | Central Standard Time, also known as GMT -6
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Costa Rica, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. However, your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay in Costa Rica.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | The most widely spoken language in Costa Rica is Spanish.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Costa Rica safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go. Also, Zika.
WHERE TO STAY IN COSTA RICA
Though Costa Rica is small, it’s still makes for a great travel destination. After you decide you want to visit Costa Rica,
And don’t forget, there’s always Airbnb and I can help you save $40 on your first Airbnb stay.
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RECOMMENDED COSTA RICA TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers a ton of multi-day tours of Central America that hit all the hot spots including Costa Rica. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Central America travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in and around Costa Rica, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for exploring volcanoes and waterfalls, national parks, cultural experiences, adventure activities, food tours, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
COSTA RICA PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ COSTA RICA GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Costa Rica is just a beaut’! Consider them your portable Costa Rica travel guide.
Rough Guides and Fodor’s are my personal go-to brands but Lonely Planet has their own loyal followers as well. And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Costa Rica. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.