Costa Rica is one of the hottest travel destinations on the planet, a country renowned for its fantastic natural beauty, astonishing eco-diversity, and year-round balmy climate.
Before you pack your bags for an unforgettable Costa Rica vacation, here are seven things you need to know:
Be Aware of the Seasons
In Costa Rica, the weather doesn’t change all that much from month to month or season to season. Instead, the country is dominated more by the “high” and “low” season for tourists.
Mid-December through New Year’s as well as the week leading up to Easter are the most popular times to visit Costa Rica, so be sure to book your vacation far in advance.
Choose Organized Tours
It may seem more romantic to wander around Costa Rica on your own as you explore the country’s spectacular beauty. But organized tours are a great idea. Not only do they ensure transportation and other logistics, but you’ll get to see places far off the beaten track that you probably wouldn’t find on your own.
Learn a Little Spanish
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination, so it’s no surprise that many locals speak a little English, especially those that work in hotels or resorts. But learning Spanish is always a great way to meet locals, haggle for better prices at the market, and make friends.
Respect the Environment
Since 1948, Costa Rica has expended a significant portion of its budget towards conservation efforts and preserving the environment. To do your part, choose sustainable eco-tourism activities, bring non-toxic toiletries with you, and support businesses in Costa Rica that have a Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (CST) from the Costa Rica Tourism Institute.
Plan for the Weather
Costa Rica is a warm country, so be sure to bring light, loose-fitting clothing, sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat or other protection from the sun. Bring your own reusable water bottle too as you’ll definitely need to stay well hydrated.
For travel during rainier months, a poncho is usually a better option than an umbrella.
Eat Local to Save Money
Restaurants can be quite expensive in Costa Rica, but the best food is often the cheapest. Choose family-run “sodas” and select local favorites like gallo pinto in order to save money while sampling some of Costa Rica’s delicious cuisine.
Do Some Sports
Whether it’s surfing, stand-up paddling, horseback riding, whitewater canoeing, or other exciting options, make sure you include some healthy physical activities on your Costa Rica vacation.
If you’d like to enjoy surfing as well as a wide range of exciting adventure activities, contact Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp. Based in Dominical on the Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp specializes in creating unforgettable vacations in Costa Rica.