Costa Rica is one of those countries that people think is only for ‘serious’ travelers, people who live out of their backpacks and are happy to spend weeks at a time camping.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth; Costa Rica is a multicultural, metropolitan country that has a lot to offer any traveler.
Sure, you could opt to camp, but you could also choose to book into a five-star hotel. The choice is yours.
This Central American country is home to an array of gorgeous beaches, complete with white sand and crystal clear lagoons, a plethora of wildlife, from toucans to monkeys, cuisine that is to die for, and some of the world’s friendliest people. There are also plenty of activities, from kayaking and surfing to hiking and rock climbing.
Whatever you want from your trip, Costa Rica is the perfect place. You will love visiting this diverse country. Here’s everything that you need to know to make the most of your time.
Plan an extended trip
Once you arrive in this intriguing country, you will never want to leave. Instead of spending just a week or two exploring, why not aim to spend at least a month in this diverse and unique country?
By planning an extended trip, you can make the most of what Costa Rica has to offer and have the most incredible time. Even in a month, you won’t be able to see a quarter of what this country has to offer. To truly explore Costa Rica you would need at least six months, maybe longer!
Don’t hesitate about pricing a long trip. Use sites like Airbnb and Skyscanner to find the best deals.
Don’t stay in one place
The biggest mistake that you can make when visiting this unique country is to stay in one place.
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Instead, plan to travel around, to ensure that you are able to see some of Costa Rica’s most amazing sights and attractions. The good news is that transportation is widely available, so getting from place to place shouldn’t be a struggle. It’s also cheap, which means that it’s affordable even if you’re on a budget.
Packing lighter makes it easier to move from place to place. Leave the bulky suitcase and opt for a carry-on!
Be more than a tourist
When you’re in this fascinating country that you make yourself more than a tourist. Take the time to immerse yourself in the country’s culture and way of life.
It’s great to visit all of the country’s most famous sites and attractions, but it’s also important to see the real Costa Rica.
A great way to do that is to volunteer in Costa Rica. By volunteering, you will live in a local family’s home, eat traditional foods with them, and help a local charity or organization which helps you to learn more about authentic Costa Rican culture.
Make time to see the sights
While you want to be more than a tourist and get a real feel for the country, there are some touristy sights that are perfect for travel selfies!
Take time to read up on the country’s most famous sights and attractions, such as La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Tortuguero National Park, San Jose – the capital of the country. It’s volcanoes and the famous rainforest canopy zip wire are just two exciting reasons to make your way to this national treasure.
There’s so much to see and do here; you won’t be able to do it all. However, the more planning you do in advance, the more you can fit into your schedule.
So there you have it, a guide to visiting Costa Rica – aka one of the world’s most beautiful travel destinations. Add this destination to your travel vision board and start planning your visit!