Travel to Costa Rica
If you’re looking to travel to Costa Rica for family travel, adventure, a wellness getaway, or a couple’s getaway, there’s a lot in store for you. The planning process takes some time but it’s well worth it.
If you don’t have the time to do all the research and planning, hire either a travel agent or a travel consultant like myself to craft the perfect experience for you.
Where to stay in Costa Rica
Where you choose to stay in Costa Rica is predicated on what you want to do while you’re there. The offerings are diverse and at the end of the day it all depends on your travel taste. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you want to explore the rainforest?
- Are you interested in seeing volcanoes or hot springs?
- Do you want to stick to the city?
- Do you like to surf or fish?
- Do you want a beach vacation?
- Do you like big resorts?
- Are you comfortable with small local hotels?
- How much time do you have for your vacation?
These are all the things you need to sort out before you either start your research or look to a travel professional for planning help.
Things to do in Costa Rica
Looking at the questions that I ask you above, you can see a lot of the activities you can enjoy in Costa Rica.
Travel tips and strategies
There are just a few things you need to know before you get on the plane:
Transportation in Costa Rica
Getting around Costa Rica can be a challenge and takes some pre-planning. Whether you fly into Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose or Daniel Oduber Quiros International airport in Liberia and you choose to stay in the heart of the rainforest, you will have to endure a two to three hour drive to your destination.
Roads in Costa Rica can be scary for people accustomed to well-paved thruways. Call your hotel/resort to inquire whether they have transportation or not. If they don’t offer transfers, Ecoterra Tour company arranges pick-ups and drop-offs to the airport and hotels.
Transportation will range between $45 – $170 depending on how many people are traveling.
I briefly considered taking public transportation but was advised against it by a local.
Costa Rica Passport and Airport Fees
Costa Rica doesn’t require additional visas for American travelers visiting for short stays. However, everyone must pay a $29 departure tax, payable in cash or by credit card, to exit the country.
This tax applies to both Santamaria and Daniel Oduber airports.
The Costa Rican tax must be paid before you check in for your flight. You’ll want to give yourself extra time before your flight to take care of the fee.
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