How To Plan Costa Rica Travel

If you've got plans to visit Costa Rica, you're in for a big treat. Considered one of the most beautiful vacation destinations, Costa Rica has a lot to offer. But there are a few things to consider when planning your Costa Rica travel. Keep these tips in mind so that you can make the most of your Costa Rica vacation.

Step 1

Accept that things are expensive in Costa Rica. If you're planning a getaway to Costa Rica, plan to pay more. This beautiful destination boasts tropical surroundings that you will pay for. When you make your Costa Rica travel plans, budget a bit more than you normally would for a regular vacation. (Believe me - it will be worth it!)

Step 2

Decide where you want to start. Most people select the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, as their first and main destination in Costa Rica. And the city has a lot of tourist attractions that will keep you busy for days. But if your budget requires you to be a bit thrifty with your spending, consider flying into alternate airports in Costa Rica like the new Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport near Liberia. You'll still be able to experience the beauty of Costa Rica, but you won't be required to pay as much.

Step 3

Decide on your lodging. Costa Rica is very accommodating when it comes to tourists. You can have just about any type of sleeping accommodations you'd like. If you are staying on a resort, then this part of your vacation planning is taken care of. If you are going to book your own Costa Rica lodging, you've got a few options. There aren't too many major hotel chains in Costa Rica, so accept that you'll likely lay your head on a bed run by an independent company. You can choose lodges with beautiful rainforest views, or hotels downtown where the night life won't pass you by. Other options include tico homes, campgrounds, cabinas, bed and breakfasts and ecocamps. Decide where you'd like to stay, and then look into the many different lodging options available to you.

Step 4

Choose your destinations. If you've planning on staying at a resort while you're in Costa Rica, then you may not be too interested in travelling the countryside. But, if you haven't gone with a package vacation, then you will want to consider different places to visit. Many of the highly recommended tourist attractions in Costa Rica include the National Park, the Nature Reserve, the rainforests, and the beaches. With the water so close, you can also do some wind surfing and beach combing. And the beautiful rainforest terrain lends itself to some great mountain biking and horseback riding trails. Costa Rica attractions are all about the natural world, so consider doing some hiking, camping or bird watching while you're there too.  

Step 5

Decide when you want to travel. Costa Rica is beautiful all year round, but some seasons are better to travel in than others. If you go during the summer months (or the green season which is May through November), you'll pay less. But it will likely rain every day for a little bit.  If you plan your Costa Rica travel during the high season, it will be drier with less chance of rain. Tourists love these conditions, so going at this time will cost you more and you'll have to deal with bigger crowds. Both seasons have advantages and disadvantages. Realize that when you book your Costa Rica trip will affect the sights and sounds you'll experience while you're there.

Step 6

Will you go solo or in a group? A travel agent or an online travel website will provide you with the option of travelling to Costa Rica as part of a group at a discounted rate. If money is a concern for you, then this is a great option. However, if you've got a wandering spirit and you like to travel at your own free will, then perhaps you should plan your Costa Rica travel for only yourself.

Step 7

Will you go solo or in a group? A travel agent or an online travel website will provide you with the option of travelling to Costa Rica as part of a group at a discounted rate. If money is a concern for you, then this is a great option. However, if you've got a wandering spirit and you like to travel at your own free will, then perhaps you should plan your Costa Rica travel for only yourself.

Step 8

Know where to eat. Food in Costa Rica is part of its draw. With so many wonderful flavors to enjoy, ensure that you leave a little bit of time in your Costa Rica plans to enjoy the local food. Homemade Costa Rican food is always better than a restaurant meal. But if you do have to eat out, plan to try traditional dishes like ojo de carne, tamales, sopa negro, gallo pinto and ensalada palmito. . Try something unique and visit a soda, a combination of a family-run restaurant and grocery store. You can get a cheap and tasty meal here. Your other Costa Rica dining options include tipicos, resorts or hotels, fast food (yes, they have McDonalds in Costa Rica), and grocery stores. Food is often quite cheap at smaller establishments, but just as tasty as at any large chain.

Step 9

Take into account your transportation needs. It's not always that easy to get around Costa Rica. So when you are planning your Costa Rica trip, figure in some time to secure proper transportation and get to your destination. You can hire a taxi, but you can also hitch a ride on a farm card, rent a car, rent a bicycle or even ride the bus. Keep in mind that there are no freeways in Costa Rica, so travel will inevitably take longer. Be patient and remember that you're on vacation. Relax and let your Costa Rica plans unfold.

 

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