Trip Tips for the Ultimate Costa Rica Vacation
With a warm year-round climate, an exciting tropical vibe, and some of the most beautiful scenery you’ll ever encounter, Costa Rica is a wonderland just waiting to be explored. Like anywhere else, there are some tips you should keep in mind when visiting this Central American country to ensure that your stay is everything you dreamed.
Planning your Trip
Before you ever set a toe on the plane to Costa Rica, make sure you have a plan in place. How much time do you have? What will you see? What will you do? Are you up for adventure, or do you want to relax? How much money do you want to spend? You do not have to plan out your whole trip moment by moment, but you should at the very least have an idea of what everything costs, and what your priorities are (even if your only priority is lounging on the beach.
To enter Costa Rica, the only things you will need are a passport and a plane ticket. As of right now, no visa is required. You can stay up to 90 days in Costa Rica on a single visit. Children under 18 can use a joint passport with a parent, legal guardian or travel companion. Keep your passport in a safe and secure spot, and if you choose to drive around Costa Rica, make sure you have it on you at all times.
There are many ways to get around Costa Rica. Buses and cabs are readily available and affordable. If you would like explore on your own terms, rental cars are easily come by. If you’ll be driving in the city, a standard manual transmission car will be sufficient. However, if you plan to go “off the map,” you’ll likely need a 4 x 4 to handle the rainforest terrain.
What to Bring
You do not need to pack much – a camera, bug spray, suntan lotion, a flashlight, a bathing suit, waterproof shoes, hiking boots, and several light layers of clothing will do the trick.
Where to Stay
The Los Sueños Resort is one of the best places to stay in Costa Rica. It’s central to the rainforest, the beach and the mountains, and restaurants, night life, and rainforest adventures are just minutes away. You may not even need transportation, as the resort provides transportation to many nearby attractions. The option of a fully-stocked fridge, plus 12 different resort restaurants to choose from means you do not even have to leave the resort to find somewhere to eat. You will also have access to the resort’s exclusive beach club, their first-class spa, and their marina, where you can easily charter a boat for a fishing or diving expedition.
What to Do
There is no end to the things you can do in Costa Rica – from swimming, to surfing, to ATVing, to wildlife tours, to sunning yourself on the beach, you can have it all in a single vacation.