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COSTA RICA

PURA VIDA COSTA RICA!

October 2019

General Tips to travel to Costa Rica

Your first words in Spanish:
Hello: Hola
Goodbye: Adiós
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Gracias
Yes/No: Sí / No
Currency: Colón (CRC)
Population: 4,906 million
Main religion: Catholicism
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Costa Rica is the number 33 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: Easy and safe. During the day and during the night it is safe for a solo female traveler. People are very kind and helpful. As a recommendation try not to go back to the accommodation alone in the late night to avoid problems.

Climate

The climate in Costa Rica is very nice as temperatures are stable:
The average annual temperature is between 12ºC and 27ºC (70º and 91º Fahrenheit).
In general, the highest temperatures are during the months of February to April and the coldest months are from September to November.
Talking about rain in Costa Rica:
From May to November, the rain is intense, especially in September and October.
During the months from December to April, there are almost no rainy days.
The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has its own microclimate. It rains quite often and there is no specific rainy season.

Accommodation

Costa Rica is a perfect destination for travelers on a budget. It has plenty of cheap and nice hotels where you can stay. You’ll be able to sleep in a cozy hostel with shared rooms and a toilet for around 5$.
If you are looking for a little bit more privacy during your stay in Costal Rica you will find good options from 14$/night.
These prices obviously can vary depending on the area you are traveling to.
If you are planning your heavenly holidays on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, prices can reach 10 € per night in a shared room with shared bathrooms.

Transport

By plane

Costa Rica counts with 8 airports. Among these airports, there are 4 international ones. They are listed below:
International airport Juan Santamaria (city of Alajuela), International airport of Tobias Bolaños (city of San Jose), International airport Daniel Oduber (city of Liberia) and the International airport of Limon (city of Limon).
Traveling by air could be a good option in Costa Rica as the roads are in very bad condition and there is usually a lot of traffic.
Nature Air is the best-known company in Costa Rica, it offers regular flights to almost every touristic city in the country. Flying across/around Costa Rica is not as expensive as you might think. For example, there are travel packages that consist on unlimited flights for one week inside the country for 299$.

Renting a car

Renting a car to travel around the country is also a good option because it gives you total flexibility in your holidays, although if you are not lucky you could be stuck on a traffic jam for hours. Also, the roads are not in the best conditions.

Public transport

Public transport is the cheapest option but the buses are not very comfy, I can recommend you “Interbus”, the best company for public transport in Costa Rica.

Food

The principal dishes in Costa Rica are:

  • Casado: it is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with diced red peppers and onions, fried bananas, a cabbage salad with tomatoes and carrots and a selection of meat: chicken, fish, pork or veal with roasted onions.
  • Ceviche is the most famous starter in the country. It consists of fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices like lemon with finely chopped herbs and vegetables.

Also, as it is a tropical country, there are plenty of tropical fruits as Cas (a native fruit that is only grown in Costa Rica), Soursop, mango, Passion fruit, blackberry, and papaya.

Important!! Don’t leave Costa Rica without trying the Coffee! Coffee plantations are also a great touristic attraction to visit. One of the best coffees in the world!

5 things to do in Costa Rica

Irazu Volcano

With 3432 meters of altitude, it is the highest volcano of Costa Rica. Make sure, before starting the trek up, that the vision is clear in the top. A must if you go to Costa Rica.

Visit the Turtle Island

It is an hour far from the Jacó area You can only access the island by boat. You must hire a tour to spend a day here. Its white sand and crystal clear water make Turtle Island a true paradise. Its crystalline water attracts rays, octopus, dolphins, and sharks. It is definitely a heavenly place to do snorkel.

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Zipline tour in Monteverde

Have an unforgettable day in nature, flying above the forest of Monteverde.

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Trekking in Chirripó hill

It is located at 3,820 meters above sea level, in the Talamanca mountain range, 20 kilometers northeast of San Isidro del General.

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The national park of Marino Ballena

This national park in the Central Pacific is one of the quietest. It has four beaches where you can relax and enjoy nature diving to discover coral reefs. The park is called Ballena (Whale) because it is an area where humpback whales pass when they migrate from August to November and from December to April. Therefore, it is a great area for whale watching during these months.

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