How to Plan a Vacation to Costa Rica

How to Plan a Vacation to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is any adventure traveler's dream destination. The main eco-tourism destination in Central America, Costa Rica is a land of incredible beauty and varied landscape. Travelers can swim, surf and snorkel at secluded beaches, explore the cloud forests and their remarkable biodiversity, and then head to the highlands to view active volcanoes and relax in natural hot springs. When planning a trip to Costa Rica it is important to consider which outdoor activities you would like to do and when you would like to travel.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Costa Rica Guidebook Map of Costa Rica Notebook Timetables of Bus Schedules Computer for Online Lodging Reservations
  • Costa Rica Guidebook
  • Map of Costa Rica
  • Notebook
  • Timetables of Bus Schedules
  • Computer for Online Lodging Reservations
Step 1
Get a good, up-to-date guidebook for Costa Rica. The Let's Go series is great for budget travelers and Lonely Planet is an excellent standby for independent travelers.
Step 2
Decide when you would like to travel. In general, the best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season, which runs from December to April. If you are visiting Costa Rica for the surf, you may want to travel during the rainy months of September and October.
Step 3
Book a flight. Round-trip fares to Costa Rica from North America typically run from $500 to $1000. Most international flights arrive in San Jose, although some may arrive in Liberia.
Step 4
Decide which outdoor activities you would to do while visiting Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a great destination for surfers and is known for its consistent year-round waves. Costa Rica also has endless hiking trails in its numerous national parks. Rappel down a waterfall, ride a zipline through the cloud forests, or participate in a multi-day biking adventure tour. Costa Rica also has some of the best whitewater rafting and kayaking in all of Central America.
Step 5
Decide which areas of Costa Rica you would like to visit. Choose the areas that you would like to visit based on what activities you would like to enjoy. Keep a list of all the sights you would like to see.
Step 6
Decide how you would like to travel around the country. The bus system in Costa Rica is cheap, easy and reliable. If you choose to rent a car know that four-wheel-drive is highly recommended in some areas.
Step 7
If traveling during the dry season, book hostels or hotels before you travel. It is a good idea to make reservations online when traveling during the dry season. Rooms are cheaper and easier to find during the rainy season.

Tips & Warnings

Most of the activities mentioned are safe, but it is best to choose adventure tour guides that are highly recommended and have good safety practices.

Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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