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Costa Rica Vacation Tips

7 Reasons Why You Might Not Have a Perfect Costa Rica Vacation

And How to Fix That

Costa Rica Natural Diversity CollageCosta Rica is a vibrant, warm, and exciting place to visit. However, sometimes people come to Costa Rica and have a less-than-stellar trip.  If this has happened to you, there is good news. You don’t have to give up on Costa Rica.

Here are 7 common reasons why people don’t get the most out of their vacations, and advice on how to have an amazing trip the next time around.


Lack of research.

To ensure that you have the trip you want, you’re best off looking into everything beforehand. Think about where you want to stay, what you want to see, and what activities are available, so that you can build a picture in your mind of what your ideal trip would look like.   
Poor planning.

There are a ton of things to do and see in Costa Rica. If you don’t plan out your trip carefully, you might end up either trying to do too much, or not doing much of anything because you’re not sure what to do. You don’t have to micromanage everything – just figure out the things you most want to do, and create a priority list. Schedule the highest priority things in first, then add in the rest of the less-important things around them.
Omitting details.

Maybe you planned to go zip-lining with the family, but realized when you got there that your children had to be at least 10. Or maybe you booked a hotel on the beach only to realize that the water there was too choppy for swimming. Finding out small, but important details about the location you’ll be staying and the activities you’ll be doing will help you avoid frustrating surprises.  
Poor time management.

When you create your priority list, don’t forget to balance each activity against the amount of time you have. Find out how long each activity will last, factoring in travel time between activities, to make sure you’re not going to be rushing anywhere. And make sure to fit in some downtime so you don’t overdo it and end up exhausted.

Budgeting unwisely.

Find out what everything will cost you beforehand. Don’t forget to include tips, deposits, and pocket money. Then add a generous cushion for the unforeseen.

Packing the wrong items.

The last thing you want is to try to trek through the rainforest in the wrong shoes, be at the top of a chilly mountain with no sweater, or miss a scarlet macaw sighting because you forgot your binoculars. Pack thoughtfully and carefully for your trip.

Coming at the wrong time of year.

Costa Rica may be warm all year, but that doesn’t mean the weather is the same year round. Some activities and locations are only accessible at specific times of year. If you plan to lie on the beach for most of your trip, come during the dry season However, if you’re looking to go whitewater rafting, the wet season is your best bet.   

That being said, Herradura Bay where Los Sueños Resort and Maria is located is easily accessible and the weather is fine year around, even if it is green season and a little rainy during part of the day. Many find that green season is actually the very best time of year to visit as everything is so lush and green.

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