Costa Rica is one of the most amazing countries you can have the pleasure of visiting. Warm sunny beaches, sultry nights, stunning women, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever get to meet. With one trip to Costa Rica, you may find yourself reluctant to leave.
While Costa Rica has much to offer, it may prove a bit daunting to travelers visiting for the very first time, and even more of a challenge to first-time solo travelers. But once you get past your anxiety and doubts, your Costa Rica vacation may be one of your most memorable and unforgettable trips.
To give you the confidence boost you might need, here are some things to keep in mind to guarantee the best experience possible when visiting Costa Rica for the first time:
- Spontaneity always yield to the most memorable adventures – It’s common for people who are traveling to a different country for the first time to spend a ridiculous amount of time drafting out an itinerary to plan out every minute of every day that they spend there. While it’s good to have a plan and an idea of what to do, being too caught up with your itinerary can actually ruin your trip than make it worthwhile.
Take the time to enjoy the sights and immerse yourself in the local culture instead of simply jumping from one attraction to another. Allow a little bit of spontaneity in your trip, and only then will you be able to truly experience the best things Costa Rica has to offer. Sometimes, unplanned adventures could be the best things to do in Costa Rica.
- Keep it simple, but make sure you pack wisely – It’s easy to get overwhelmed by your first trip to Costa Rica to the point where you end up packing a lot of unnecessary items. Keep your packing simple, but don’t forget to pack your essentials.
The same can be said for your itinerary. Do you really need to book the most expensive hotel Costa Rica has to offer? Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone and try something a little more simple.
Book an Airbnb to get that immersive local experience or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try staying at a hostel. You’re likely to meet different kinds of people who can make your experience one for the books.
- Pura Vida Pura Vida is best explained as the creed that Costa Rica people live their lives according to. In simple translation, pura vida means, “pure life”. The best way to enjoy your Costa Rican trip is to experience the Costa Rican way of life.
Try their cuisine, mingle with the locals, meet Costa Rica women; there’s so much you can do to get a fully immersive experience in Costa Rica. But no matter what happens — whether you get lost, or an unexpected downpour ruins your beach plans, or even if you have to wait longer than expected for your trip, just take a deep breath, smile, and don’t forget: Pura Vida.