Travel tips for Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a small country that encompasses just 0.03% of the world’s land mass. With over 500, 000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the planets most biologically dense countries. According to Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth.
Costa Rica Travel Tips
There are a few things that are important to know about Costa Rica before visiting. The following Costa Rica travel tips will help you better understand the country.
It rains year round in Costa Rica, and visitors should be sure to bring a light rain jacket or poncho. December through April are generally considered the dry season, and the rainy (or green) season starts in May. The busiest travel times in Costa Rica are during Christmas and New Years, as well as the week leading up to Easter Sunday, which is known as Semana Santa. For these weeks, hotels are often fully booked well in advance.
Costa Rica’s unit of currency is the colon, which hovers between 500 - 550 colones/ $1 USD. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, provided the bill is not too large ($50 and $100 bills are rarely accepted) and in good condition. Hotels and tours generally list their prices in dollars. Compared to the rest of the Central America, prices in Costa Rica are relatively high, due in large part to the country’s high standard of living. Typical Costa Rican food and produce is quite inexpensive, while imported products are priced similarly to U.S. prices. A typical Costa Rican breakfast and lunch will cost around 1500 - 2000 colones ($3-4).
Road conditions throughout the country are quite variable. With the tropical climate and mountainous terrain, many are difficult to maintain, and many have never been paved. Relatively short distances can take many hours due to poor road conditions or traffic, and some roads are simply inaccessible during the rainy season when rivers swell. It is always a good idea to check with the locals about current road conditions before planning a day trip or taking off in your rental car. These tips can make or break your day.
You might also like
Costa Rica with Bubba and Bro & my thoughts...
Book (iUniverse, Inc.)
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA TOUR - A Self-guided Walking Tour - includes insider tips and photos of all locations- explore on your own schedule- Like having a ... you around! (Visual Travel Tours Book 22)
eBooks (Visual Travel Tours)