Travel GuideCosta Rican Custom Travel Experiences
Plan now and enjoy in 2020 or 2021!
Things are tough out there right now, especially for those who thrive on adventure – planes have been grounded, borders have been closed, and global travel restrictions and enforced home quarantines are sure to have you climbing the walls.
We’ve compiled a list of tips and ideas to help you start planning and keep those itchy feet at bay until we’re able to set sail towards your next dream trip and for the limited time we are offering a free 2 hour private surf lesson and payment plans that are valid until December 2021
Costa Rica Re-Opening its borders
Costa Rica has shown to be an innovative country in regards to being eco friendly, preserving their biodiversity, having long life expectancies and considered to be one of the happiest countries on the planet. Once again, Costa Rica is a step ahead and is one of the top ranked countries for handling the curve of Covid 19. Their proactive and progressive government closed the borders shortly after the country reported their first case. Luckily this was just weeks before their largest national holiday. Semana Santa/Easter Week, where everybody heads to the beaches. It could have spread like wildfire.
Our home town of Puerto Viejo, is one of the most beautiful hidden gems in the country, now we are one of the few places on the planet that is Covid free.
Costa Rican officials have just released they will be reopen its borders for tourism on August 1, 2020, allowing tourists from select low-risk countries
All of the entry procedures and requirements have not been finalized, but this is what we can expect:
- The wearing of masks in public places was just made mandatory. Tourists should expect the rule to stand in August. Also, expect to wear a mask on their flight, in the airport, and during outings.
- Costa Rica is contemplating using a health declaration card that travellers fill out prior to their trip. This form will not only help to pre-screen inbound passengers but can also help with tracing in event of an outbreak.
- Tourists should expect thermal scans upon arrival and symptom checks.
- At this time, mandatory testing at the airport is not planned.
How to plan
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Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real season changes. It just fluctuates between rainy and not rainy season.
Costa Rica is generally safe, but you should take precaution on the streets of major cities, and after dark. Be wary of pickpockets and bag snatching and keep your valuables safely by your side. Never carry all your money in one place. Leave your valuables at home or in the hotel safe and in plain sight when at the beach and when swimming.
Costa Rica is fairley easy to get around. The options for transportation range from public transportation to domestic flights, however it depends a lot on your travel route, budget and the length of stay in each place to choose which will be the most suitable option for you.
In addition to colones, US dollars are widely accepted throughout the country, You don’t need to stress too much about exchanging all your money beforehand.
10 Things you must to know before you go!
10 Things you must to know before you go!
1. Book the right flight
When booking to Costa Rica you must book (SJO) Juan Santa Maria Aeropuerto San Jose or to (LIR) Daniel Oduber Airport Liberia
2. Know your budget
Costa Rica may be more expensive than some other Central American countries, but it’s worth it. We will help to accomodate all budget types.
3. Pura Vida/Tico Time
Pura Vida (Pure Life) is a direct corelation to the laid back, stress free, easy lifestyle they live and promote in the country. Tico Time is if people are running late or certains things aren’t on time. It’s all good. They’ll be there soon!
4. Book your car/hotel ahead of time during high season
Make sure you start looking around at least 2-3 months before your trip if you are planning to travel in hight season (December through April), sometimes even more if you plan to travel over Christmas or Easter.
5. Sunscreen is a must
I know it sounds like common sense but you won’t believe how many people get extremely burned here on their first day. The sun is strong. Even on overcast days. You’ll be suprised how much sun is actaully peeking through the clouds.
6. When you arrive car rental/taxi/shuttle
If you are going to be traveling by taxi make sure they have a meter running. Costa Rica also has Uber. If you consider to rent a car be aware that most car rentals agencies are off site within a 1-2 km radius from the airport. Shared shuttle services are a cheap, fast and effective way of traveling the entire country
7. Small country = Long travel times
Though small in size, most of the top destinations in Costa Rica are far apart and usually require an entire day dedicated to travel. Always add at least 30+ minutes to whatever is suggested.
8. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere
The US dollar has become the standard currency in tourism. Be aware of the exchange rate. Since the exchange rate is around 565 CRC to 1 USD, some places may try to stiff you by using a 500 to 1 rate and you will lose out a bit.
Dengue is a mosquito borne disease travelers should be aware of while in Costa Rica. The best protection is any type of insect or bug repellant.
10. Bring unlocked cell phone
We suggest bringing an unlocked smartphone and getting a pay as you go Costa Rican SIM card upon arrival at the airport at the Kolbi kiosk or you can quite often purchase the SIM card at larger grocery stores for around $4.
Here are 4 itinerary samples
- 10 Days - Explore the Caribbean
- 7 Days - Full Adventures
- 5 Days - Desconnect to Reconnect
- 3 Days Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation
Day 2 – AM Surf, Lunch, PM Yoga
Day 3 – AM Animal Rescue Cente
Day 4 – AM Surf, Lunch, Waterfall trek/ Cocoa Farm
Day 5 – AM Free time, PM Travel to Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Day 6 – AM Surf, Lunch, PM Free time
Day 7 – AM Boat trip to Isla Zapatilla, Lunch, PM Happy hour boat party
Day 8 – AM ATV to Starfish beach, Lunch, PM Yoga
Day 9 – AM Surf, Lunch, boat trip to Bastimentos
Day 10 – Free day to relax, enjoy explore!!
Day 2 – AM Surf, Lunch, PM Yoga
Day 3 – AM/PM Whitewater rafting
Day 4 – AM Animal Rescue Center, Lunch, PM Ziplining
Day 5 – AM Surf, Lunch, Waterfall trek/ Cocoa Farm
Day 6 – AM Kayak/Fishing, lunch, PM Free time
Day 7 – AM Free time, Lunch, PM Macaw rehabilitation center
Day 2 – AM Yoga, Lunch, PM Waterfall trek
Day 3 – AM Animal Rescue Center, Lunch, PM Yoga
Day 4 – AM Yoga, Lunch, PM Spa treatments
Day 5 – AM Medicinal Plant workshop, Lunch, PM Yoga
Day 2 – AM Animal Rescue Center, Lunch, Free time
Day 3 – AM Free time, Lunch, PM Macaw rehabilitation center
*The discount apply on any experience, including, accommodation, adventures, retreats and tours.
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Things to do!
We offer endless activities hand in hand with our local instructors.
*The discount applies on any experience, including, accommodation, adventures, retreats and tours. Valid until December 2021