Costa Rica Travel Guide
With a rich culture, lush rainforests, and incredible beaches, Costa Rica is one of Central America’s greatest escapes. Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, this little country has so much to offer in natural beauty and fabulous weather.
Defined by its location between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, this country offers everything from black-volcanic-sand coastlines, to rugged coves, to white-sand beaches. During your trip, you can drink plenty of local coffee, zipline, listen to Bob Marley on the beach, and play with sloths, monkeys, and toucans.
The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season, from mid-December to April. But of course, with perfect weather comes large crowds and high price tags.
Luckily, you get your bang for your buck in Costa Rica, no matter when you visit. Just be sure to book your accommodations and tour reservations at least three months in advance.
If you don’t mind a little rain, visit during May and November when prices are low, and the tourists are gone. Showers typically only last a couple of hours so it won’t damper your vacation too much.
Or visit during June and July when the showers have briefly stopped, and the forests are bursting with color.
Check out The Best Time to Travel to Costa Rica for complete details!
What To Expect
Language: Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica. About 10% of Costa Rica speaks English so you’ll want to brush up on your Spanish before your visit.
Currency: The official currency of Costa Rica is the Colón. 1 USD is equivalent to 572.12 CRC.
Credit Cards and ATMs: Credit cards are widely accepted in Costa Rica. However, the US dollar is also widely accepted. You’ll find that many hotels, restaurants, and tour agencies have their prices listed in dollars. If you do decide you want some local currency, you’ll find that Costa Rica has a modern and widespread network of ATMs. You should be able to find an ATM in all of the large tourist destinations.
Plugs: The plugs in Costa Rica are type A and, the same as the US. You won’t need an adapter if you’re traveling from The States. For travelers from other countries, I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Costa Rica is generally a safe country to visit. Like most destinations around the world, you’ll want to use common sense and take extra safety precautions as a solo traveler like not walking alone at night.
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Our Experience as a Lesbian Couple
Costa Rica is very LGBTQ+ friendly compared to other Central American countries! We spent a month traveling there as an open lesbian couple and really enjoyed everything it has to offer. While locals do tend to be more socially conservative, the laws are incredibly inclusive and we felt entirely safe. There are even many accommodations around the country that advertise themselves as LGBTQ+ friendly!