Traveling to Costa Rica: What to Know and Bring

Traveling to Costa Rica for the first time? In hopes to answer some of the most common questions that people ask, here are some tips for packing and preparing for what”™s definitely going to be one of the best experiences of your life.

  •  All of the properties in Costa Rica managed by Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality are on the west coast or center of the country, so there”™s no reason to worry about malaria (it is only sparsely present on the east coast by the Caribbean).
  • A visa is not necessary for visiting Costa Rica from most countries; you simply need a passport.
  • Bring hiking boots! There are so many wonderful places that you can explore, and having the footwear to do so is essential.
  • Don”™t forget to pack sunscreen and insect repellent. During your time here, it”™d be nice to avoid getting burnt or bitten! In case you do, make sure you also have the necessary ointment for both situations.
  • If you are susceptible to motion sickness, bring Dramamine or anti-nausea medication. There are many wonderful experiences to have that potentially involve boat rides, domestic flights, or things of that nature.
  • If you don”™t speak fluent Spanish, come with a Spanish-English dictionary! Ticos (locals) will love to see that you”™re trying to learn about their culture. Try to study a little before arriving to ensure optimal communication.
  • Bring a bathing suit and bring it everywhere! It”™s not necessary to wear it all of the time, but you never know when you”™ll be presented with the opportunity to go snorkeling or waterfall rappelling or any other water-related activity.
  • Make sure you pack long socks because especially at Lapa Rios, there are many hikes that require the use of the rain boots provided on the property. We don”™t want you to get a rash from wearing those!
  • Pack long sleeves and long pants in addition to the shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops. Depending on where you are, it can get chilly at night, during the day, or in the shade. Also, sometimes, to prevent getting burnt or bitten, covering yourself with clothes is the best option. It”™ll be hot but certainly not unbearable!
  • Bring a camera! There are so many things you”™ll see that you will want to remember and capture to show your friends and family.

And last but certainly not least, come with curiosity and enthusiasm to learn and experience the Costa Rican culture! The pura vida lifestyle is incredible; to fully appreciate it, arrive here with an open mind.

Hope this post helps you with your preparations, and have a wonderful trip!

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality is a world leader in sustainable hospitality management.   We manage and market hotels, resorts, eco lodges and Haciendas in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a focus on high end experiences and sustainability.

2 responses to “Traveling to Costa Rica: What to Know and Bring”

  1. Thank you for the great advice. If staying in the countryside, do you recommend public transportation, taxis/hired drivers (expensive, right?) or renting a car? We are travelling from San Jose to Aranel, to Manuel Antonoio and back to San Jose.

    • This mostly depends on your budget and how much time you have. We usually recommend a combination of several methods of transportation to get a real feel for the country. Let us know if we can help organized this for you.

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