Costa Rica is among one of the most popular nations on the planet. I really like the outdoor activities, spectacular beach locations, wide variety of food and animals, and of course the people. It’s become a tourist trap, yes, and it’s expensive, but that didn’t make this trip area any less remarkable. The Beaches feel as if in heaven, there is great hiking, scuba diving, and lots of places to escape the hoards of retired Amercan’s living here. The local food is also quite yummy, I can’t say enough about Costa Rica and really recommend it to everyone.
Food – If you eat at local family run restaurant you are likely to shell out about 535-1,600 CRC for meals. These are preferred and could seriously help save from spending a lot in those tourist traps. Most diner food will cost 3,740 CRC or maybe more. An extremely nice dish in a tourist place costs around 6,375-10,630 CRC. For cost-effective meals, try to eat from food trucks where snack foods and light-weight meals may cost as little as 265 CRC.
Lodging – Hostels cost 4,000 to ten thousand CRC each day. Private bedrooms in hostels are usually all-around 15,000 CRC. Hotel Rooms start about 20,000 CRC every night time and go up after that.
Transport – Public transit is very inexpensive. Quick trips (three hours) are about 1,600 CRC although much longer trips are a maximum of 5,330 CRC.
Travel during off peak times – From April to December it is known as a wet time of year and thus, fees are typically less costly and beaches significantly less populated. During the USA winter season, hordes of folks go to Costa Rica and prices double.
Camping outdoors – Most of the resort hotels and hostels will let you camp. Should you do not have your own tent, you can rent them. For around 2,660 CRC a night this is actually the simplest approach to reduce accommodation expenses.
Go to the Caribbean side – Costa Rica is crazy high-priced. By going to the cheaper side you’ll see beautiful Costa Rica, save some cash.
Go Local – Local busses are slower, but cost a lot less. Tour busses are faster but cost a lot more. Go Local and save come cash.
What to see/Do in Costa Rica
Tortuguero National Park – This park in the Caribbean coastline a breeding ground for the green turtle. If you like jungles and wild animals, this is the place to be.
San José – Costa Rica’s capital is right in the heart of the country making it an excellent center location. It’s not a big city so you won’t need more than 2 or 3 days to see it all, as well there isn’t much to do here. You can visit the museums or see the orchestra. This is where you are likely going to come into Costa Rica via airplane, we had a night hotel when we arrived and when we left, as flights came in late and left early.
Corcovado – Corcovado National Park is on the remote Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica. This is an absolute must see as there is wildlife galore, jungle, and stunning beauty.