There is so much to see in do in Costa Rica, and it is such a pleasant place to stay, that even an extended visit doesn’t cut it for some people. However, not everyone has the desire or ability to pick up and move to Costa Rica for good. So what to do if you would like to spend more time in the country, but you are not ready or willing to make a permanent life change?
Live like a local for three months!
Living in Costa Rica temporarily is the perfect solution for someone who is looking for an exciting, exotic life experience that is still close to home. It is also a perfect way for someone who is considering a permanent move to Costa Rica to get the lay of the land, and determine whether it is the right decision.
During your stay in Costa Rica you can:
Get to know the locals
Costa Ricans are friendly, warm, and sociable, and they like to have a good time. In all likelihood, you will find yourself befriended and invited to socialize before you even know what hits you. Just roll with it – they know the best places to eat, the best bars and pubs, and the most fun things to do.
Whether you spend a lot of time with locals and learn Spanish through immersion, or you take formal classes, three months is plenty of time to learn at least the basics of the language. Not only will learning Spanish make it easier to navigate Costa Rica, it is an enriching and useful life skill that you will be glad to have stateside.
Make a bit of spending money, or pay your rent with a teaching job. It is not difficult for native English speakers to find work teaching English in Costa Rica – there are plenty of people looking to learn.
Explore the country
This is your chance to see and do it all — tour volcanoes, go sport fishing, help sea turtles hatch, or visit a remote and pristine part of the rainforest. Get out your calendar and pencil in everything you would like to do — this will give help you fit it all in and ensure that you don’t miss anything.
Take a permaculture course
Find out how to create and maintain a sustainable garden in a place with some of the world’s best soil and richest vegetation.
Learn to surf
Add this new skill to your repertoire! You can definitely learn to surf in three months, and it doesn’t matter what time of year you come – it is surfing weather year round.
Things to consider:
Plan your trip well. You will need to decide on an area, secure a place to stay, choose a time of year (the rainy season is less crowded, but more activities are available In the dry season). You will also need to create a budget, which should include travel expenses, spending money, rent, utilities and food money, and money to spend on adventures. You can save up an amount that will cover the entire trip, or you can save for the travel expenses alone and wing it when you get here. Either way, you are in for a great adventure!