A Travel Guide to Costa Rica for a First Time Traveller
Last updated on September 16th, 2021 at 09:01 am
Explore Costa Rica At Its Best On Your First Visit
Are you planning to visit Costa Rica? You are at the right place. Get all the details about this destination-how to travel around, what to do, places to visit, how to travel around the city, and a lot more in this blog. Make the best of your vacation in Costa Rica by knowing some important facts that one must know before they visit here.
Costa Rica At A Glance
Costa Rica is a beautiful country in Central America. It is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Also, a part of this place is a protected jungle that has spider monkeys and quetzal birds. There are a lot of visitors every year to this destination. So, if you are willing to come here, check out tips to plan your Costa Rica vacation.
Tips to Follow when planning your trip to Costa Rica
Plan your vacation
Planning your vacation is the best and the easiest thing you can do to make your travel cheaper and convenient. Do proper research while making the bookings. Also, plan your trip mindfully and take more time for beaches as you won’t be able to resist the beaches of this destination.
Moreover, explore the capital city of Costa Rica San Jose, the volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches in San Jose. The hidden treasures of this place will make you fall in love.
About the Surroundings
Locals in Costa Rica are friendly and speak English which becomes convenient for visitors to communicate. This is one of the safest countries to visit but just make sure to beware of your surroundings and take care of your belongings. Also, make sure to carry some cash while going out to explore.
Best time to Visit
Costa Rica is a year-round destination and can be visited throughout. There are only two seasons in this place, dry and rainy. The rains start from May and last till mid-November and the dry season starts from mid-November and lasts till April. The sun shines daily, even during the rainy season. It is known for its sudden weather changes, so you need to be prepared for hot days and cold nights.
What clothes to carry?
Carry basic clothing you feel comfortable in, some beachwear, full sleeves clothes for weather changes. Also, carry clothes according to the places you plan to visit like waterproof bags, shoes, and jackets for rainforests, clubbing outfits, etc. Pack light but be mindful while packing and make sure to carry the essentials so you won’t be worried later.
How to get around Costa Rica?
Traveling around Costa Rica is easy but can be high on budget. It has beautiful sceneries and landscapes to witness. If you are traveling under a budget local buses are the best way to travel around the country for short and long distances. Taking a taxi is also a good but not very affordable option. Locals and tourists both travel around Costa Rica’s cities- Cartago, Heredia, and Alajuela by bus. There are local buses for beaches and rainforests every day. There’s also a small train that moves around San Jose connecting some of the neighbouring provinces.
Renting a car is the best option to travel independently. The natural beauty of this place is more easily accessible. During the rainy season, it is quite tough to drive due to landslides and floods so avoid visiting Costa Rica during that time. To get a short and easy route to your destination-make sure you have GPS available.
Top Places to visit in Cities of Costa Rica
- Mercado Central
- Teatro Nacional
- Museum Nacional
- Parque Morazan
- La Sabana
- Poas Volcano Day Tour
Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia
- Las Ruinas
- Basilica of our Lady of the Angels
Central Pacific Coast
- Trcoles River
- Jaco Beach
- Manuel Antonio
- Plya De Dona Ana
Important Tips To Follow When In Costa Rica
- It is a safe country. However, in case of any emergency one can dial local police and medical emergency number -911.
- Follow the danger signs on the beaches, rainforests, parks, etc. do not avoid them they are for your safety.
- Follow the traffic rules even if it’s not your city and car.
- Carry sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and a water bottle wherever you go.
- Keep an eye on your belongings as well as your surroundings to be safe.
- Carry some cash for local payments. Do not carry a lot of cash, it is considered stupid and unsafe.
- Use a paper map to explore the places.
Due to pandemic there are a lot of restrictions on travellers. Check which cities you can explore and what are the criteria.
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