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Top 10 Things To Know Before Visiting Costa Rica

Updated: Oct 17, 2022


Traveling to Costa Rica can be a wonderful experience. The country is rich in culture, natural beauty, and friendly people. There are so many things to do and places to see that it can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. Fortunately, there are also some things you should know before planning your trip here:



Costa Rica has four distinct regions.

Costa Rica is divided into four distinct regions: Central Valley, Pacific, Caribbean and Southern Pacific. The Central Valley is the most populated region and includes the capital city of San Jose. The second most populous region is the Pacific region which encompasses Puntarenas to its south, Limon in its middle (which also has a small airport) and San Isidro to its north. The third most populous region is called Caribbean due to its proximity to the Carribean Sea; it includes Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on Costa Rica’s southwest coast. And finally there’s Southern Pacific which isn’t quite as large or developed as some of its other neighboring cities but does offer beautiful beaches that are accessible by boat or car from nearby Paquera where you can find hotels & hostels if you don't have time for camping!


The high season brings crowds and traffic.

  • The high season brings crowds and traffic.

When most people think of Costa Rica, they picture the sun-drenched beaches of its Pacific coast or the lush rainforests in its tropical interior. But if you’re planning to visit during December through April, you may have some trouble finding a room with a view (the country sees an average 20% increase in tourism during this time). While this influx of travelers can sometimes be beneficial—many hotels offer special deals during peak seasons—it can also lead to overcrowding at popular tourist destinations like Jaco Beach and San Jose.

  • Hotel prices are highest during high season.

Hotel prices are higher than usual throughout much of the year, but they tend to peak right after Christmas when hotels fill up fast with vacationers fleeing cold climates back home. This means that if you plan out your trip well in advance, you could save yourself some serious money by booking early!


The rainy season is when you can find the most affordable travel deals.

The rainy season is when you can find the most affordable travel deals.

You'll get cheaper rates on accommodations, tours, and flights to Costa Rica during the rainy season.

The monsoon season is from May to December in most of Costa Rica. During this time, average temperatures range from 86 F to 72 F (30 C to 22 C), but it's important to note that these averages vary widely depending on where you are in the country and what elevation you're at on any given day.




Visitors can navigate the country via road, boat or air.

Travelers can navigate the country via road, boat or air. The most popular transportation method is by car. Some areas are more difficult to reach by bus than by car, so renting a car can be a good option for getting around Costa Rica without relying on public transportation.

You should also consider your comfort level before deciding what type of travel you will use during your trip. If you're not comfortable riding in buses or airplanes, then traveling by boat may be the best option for you!


Always bring cash.

While you can use credit cards at many hotels and large supermarkets, it's not necessarily the most convenient option. Smaller shops and restaurants often do not accept credit cards. If traveling with a group, consider buying one or two extra Visa or MasterCard gift cards to keep on hand for small purchases. You may also want to bring along some U.S. dollars in case your debit card gets lost or stolen while traveling abroad; this is especially important if you plan to take any long bus rides in Costa Rica where there are no ATMs available along the way!Add a Closing Message


Drinking the water is generally safe here.

In most major cities and towns, you can drink tap water without any issues — just don't drink from rivers or streams. Bottled water is also available everywhere, but if you're staying in rural areas or remote locations where it's difficult to get to bottled water, consider bringing along some purification tablets from home.


Costa Rican meals have a lot of carbs, so travelers with dietary restrictions may need to plan ahead in their itinerary to accommodate their needs.

The main staple of Costa Rican meals is rice and beans, which are a great option for vegetarians. However, if you are not vegetarian, there are still plenty of other options to try.

In general, the food in Costa Rica is very flavorful and not spicy at all. This is both good news and bad news—good because it means you can eat without worrying about getting burned out on spicy food while traveling; bad because the flavors might be too mild or bland for some people who like a lot of spice in their food (like me!).





Travelers might be surprised by the number of animals they encounter as they explore the country.

You'll see all kinds of animals in Costa Rica. The country is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including exotic birds and mammals. These animals are everywhere, so you might even get to see them in their natural habitat during your travels.

You'll encounter sloths along the way as well, who will probably be hanging from trees or doing something equally adorable when you find them. Monkeys also have a habit of showing up in unexpected places (including bathrooms), so keep your eyes peeled for those guys! There are iguanas lurking around every corner too—but don't worry about these guys biting: They're actually quite harmless (even though they can look terrifying).

Just remember that some animals might be scared by humans, especially if we approach them suddenly or make loud noises nearby. A lot of people are surprised by this fact because they think wild creatures will run away before we even see them—but that's not always true!


Travelers should be willing to get wild in order to see wildlife in its natural habitat.

Wildlife is hard to see on your own, and that's why most visitors opt for a guided tour. Even then, you'll have to be willing to get a bit wild yourself.

Costa Rica may not be the first place you think of when planning your next vacation, but it should be! This country has some of the most diverse wildlife in Central America and its tropical climate means that you can travel all year round (though some months are better than others).


Costa Rica's wildlife is heavily protected, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to see on your own.

Costa Rica's wildlife is heavily protected, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to see on your own. If you're wondering how to see the country's diverse flora and fauna, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The country has many national parks and reserves that limit human activity to protect wildlife.

  • Some of these areas are off limits to visitors.

  • The animals that live in these reserves are often shy or nocturnal (active at night), so they can be hard to spot even with a guide who knows where they might be hiding out during the day!



Like many places, Costa Rica attracts pickpockets and other thieves looking for tourists with expensive belongings and a lot of cash on hand.


Like many places, Costa Rica attracts pickpockets and other thieves looking for tourists with expensive belongings and a lot of cash on hand. One common scam is to offer to help you find a taxi or your hotel. They may even be very friendly and helpful, but if you accept their help it could turn into a situation where they steal from you instead of acting as your guide – or worse.

To avoid this scenario:

  • Keep your money in a secure place like a money belt or hidden pouch that's sewn inside your clothing (not easy for someone to grab). Use travel insurance as well so that if something does happen while traveling with valuables like an international flight delay due to weather conditions not being able to see out the window while flying over land which means having nothing else but time on our hands so we decided to stop by these huge mountains at sunset...


Planning ahead will ensure a truly authentic Costa Rican experience for all visitors.

Planning ahead will ensure a truly authentic Costa Rican experience for all visitors. It also helps you avoid crowds, traffic and other problems. Planning ahead will help you get the most out of your trip. In addition to saving money on airfare and lodging, planning ahead allows you to spend more time doing what you came here to do - exploring!


We hope these tips help prepare you for your trip to Costa Rica. As always, it's important to do your research before booking any flights or accommodations, and be sure to check the weather before going! It can be tricky planning a trip like this with so many unknowns, but we've got our fingers crossed that these tips will make things a little easier on all of us.


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