Top Tips For Planning Your Costa Rica Trip
Costa Rica has quickly emerged as the top vacation destinations. If you’re reading this post, it is likely that you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica. To get you started, here are a few things you need to know before traveling to Costa Rica.
No Spanish? No Problem!
English is widely used in most tourist destinations. Having said that, it is always useful to know some Spanish. The Spanish phrase you will hear a lot in Costa Rica is: Pura Vida. It means “pure life,” but it is commonly used to mean hello, goodbye, and everything’s great. Remember that!
No Need To Exchange Colones Beforehand
US dollars are widely accepted in Costa Rica, especially at hotels, restaurants, and tour agencies. Even at local supermarkets! So there is absolutely no need to exchange Costa Rican Colones in advance.
If you need Colones, go to the banks for the best exchange rates. Or, pay in USD at restaurants or supermarkets and get the change back in Colones.
Pro tip: Remember to keep some money for the tolls if you plan to drive. You will encounter toll booths on your way to Playa Nido.
Visit During Rainy Season
Most people choose to travel to Costa Rica during the dry season (December-April) so that they can enjoy the nice sunny weather. But that comes with a price – it’s busy and expensive.
Why not visit during the rainy season (May-November) instead? It still is sunny during the day and there typically showers late in the day. You’ll be rewarded with thinner crowds, greener landscapes, cooler temperatures and cheaper rates! Also, tours run year round. Even for whale watching and turtle nesting tours!
Allow More Than One Week In Costa Rica
Costa Rica may look small on the map, but don’t let its small size fool you. There are so many places to see and adventures to be had – from zip-lining, mangrove and monkey tours, fishing, and more! Enjoy our gorgeous beaches, unique mangroves, extraordinary wildlife, lush rainforests and active volcanoes. It feels impossible to see Costa Rica in merely a week. Our advice is: plan a 2 week trip.