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Traveling to Costa Rica

An action-packed guide to your trip to Costa Rica.

Travel to Costa Rica

With an abundance of national parks, world-class surfing and an undeniable sense of adventure, Costa Rica is the gem of Central America. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know.

Bask on beautiful beaches

Bask on beautiful beaches

Costa Rica is known all over the world for its exquisite beaches, and you certainly won’t be disappointed when you seem them for yourself! Head to the Pacific coast of the country to experience the very best, with the Central Pacific region being the most touristy and well developed, and the south being more rugged and undiscovered. Corcovado is lined by rainforest, whilst Jacó is known as the party beach, Playa Santa Teresa is full of beauty and on the Caribbean side, Tortuguero is a surefire hit.

Get active in paradise

Get active in paradise

If you’re a lover of getting active with all number of sports, Costa Rica is undeniably the place for you. Known as one of the premier surfing spots in the world, head over to the waves of Dominical and Montezuma to get in on the action. Other popular sports across Costa Rica are fishing, river rafting, scuba diving, and bike riding, so take your pick!

Explore tropical wildlife

Explore tropical wildlife

With rainforests galore, Costa Rica is overflowing with tropical nature and all kinds of wildlife. In fact, 23.4% of Costa Rica’s land is covered by national parks, making it the most of any country in the world. The bridge between North and South America and between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, there’s an impressively diverse mix of wild animals, biodiversity and volcanoes. Head straight to Monteverde Cloud Forest or the Corcovado National Park to see for yourselves.


The currency of Costa Rica is the colón, which is subdivided into 100 cents. US dollars are also widely accepted across the country, but it’s worth taking a mix of both currencies with you.

One US dollar is currently worth colón.

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in Costa Rica, with prices in US dollars:

Inexpensive meal for one – $7Bottle of water – $1.300.5 litre beer – $2
Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $16Cappuccino – $2.30Local bus ticket – $0.75

Traveling around Costa Rica

By bus

The most popular form of travel around Costa Rica, the buses are both cheap (rarely more than $7) and plentiful. However, be aware that most buses do go via San José as part of their route, regardless of whether or not this is the quickest way. There are several bus stations all over San José, and the one you’ll need depends on the part of the country you’re headed to. Check out for more information.

By taxi

The official taxis of Costa Rica are red with a yellow triangle on the side. The number inside the triangle should match the number plate of the car. Ask the driver to turn on the meter (la maria) when you get in and check that it starts at a number lower than 600. Your journey should only be a few dollars after that.

By plane

There are two domestic airlines in Costa Rica: Sansa and NatureAir. Both of these offer reasonably cheap and convenient flights across the country and as ever, you’re likely to get the best deals by booking in advance.