Costa Rica Travel Guides

Since my first visit to Central America no country has grown busier than Costa Rica.  As a result the prices have increased and the number of hidden gems are quickly disappearing.  On the bright side it is just as beautiful as it has always been and the fact that the travel industry has developed means that the ease of getting around has greatly increased.  Furthermore, prices haven’t inflated too much when it comes to backpacker’s costs since the number of hostels has increased along with demand.  You can still travel Costa Rica quite comfortably on a backpacker’s budget.

Full of adventure, Costa Rica has exploded in tourism for good reason.  The mountains are home to some of the most pristine cloud forests in the Americas, the south is home to one of the most bio-diverse places on earth in the Osa Peninsula, and the coasts are famous for their great waves and beaches.  You can’t hate Costa Rica, no matter how hard you try to resist the “pura vida” laid back way of life will surely consume you.

As usually these guides are not facts carved in stone, but rather “guides” things change over time: hotels shut down, restaurants disappear and good activities pop up. If you spot something in your travels that doesn’t correlate with these guides please let me know by leaving a comment in the comment section of that particular destination.

Quick Information

  • Capital: San Jose
  • Languages: Spanish. (There is a little English on the Caribbean Coast)
  • Currency: Colon (about 500 to 1USD)
  • Backpacker’s Budget: $40-50 / day
  • Best Time to Visit: Avoid rainy season if you can, but it is good year ’round
  • Best Adventure: Hiking the Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica Destination Guides

General Costa Rica Travel Information and Advice

  • General Costa Rica Travel Information (coming soon)
  • Recommended Travel Itineraries (coming soon)
  • Getting Around in Costa Rica (coming soon)

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