Have you ever been to a Spanish speaking country? How about learning a few key phrases before you arrive? Costa Ricans are very friendly and helpful and will try to assist in any way they can, but knowing some of the native language will go a long way towards empathy and communication.
Where to eat in Costa Rica? If you are looking to save some cash, look for the “sodas”, small locally owned restaurants or cafes that provide typical fare for 2,000-3000 colones ($4-$6) per meal.
What mode of transport do you prefer? The Costa Rican public transportation system grid is very complete and you can use it to get almost anywhere in the country inexpensively.
Costa Rica is well known worldwide for its National Parks and Conservation Areas. Take advantage of your visit and the inexpensive entrance fees and visit volcanoes such as Arenal, Irazú, Poas and Rincón de la Vieja or rain forests such as Monteverde. Explore areas where protected turtles come to lay their eggs, such as Tortuguero and Las Baulas. Enjoy a day of hiking at Braulio Carrillo or Carara, or lay out on the beach at Manuel Antonio or Cahuita.
What to bring to Costa Rica? Whatever your destinations are, pack lightly and comfortably. Good weather resistant walking shoes are your friends! A light raincoat is always a good idea, as well as a hat, sunblock and insect repellent. Swimsuit as well of course, as the beaches, rivers and waterfalls await. Most important of all, bring an attitude open to enjoyment, exploration and learning!
Article by Katie Widdowson