Costa Rica is one of the most naturally gifted countries in the world. That is probably the reason that when Spanish conquistadors stopped in the region during their sails to the southern American territory; they decided to call it Costa Rica, which literally means Rich Coast.
A visit to the country will enable you to experience its gorgeous beaches, a wide variety of animal and plant life, amazing food and hospitable people.
Living in hostels is the most budget-friendly option for accommodation in Costa Rica. Dorm beds in hostels cost between CRC 5,000 to 9000 per night, which is USD 8 to 16. Private rooms can usually be booked in hostels too for around USD 25 per night, which includes free Wi-Fi and basic amenities. Many hostels also provide free breakfast. The base rate for a budget hotel room starts at USD 30 per night for a double room and this cost often includes breakfast.
If you are travelling with your family, then the cheapest option would be to book an entire apartment. Apartment rent is typically around USD 40 per night. And if you are looking for a more outdoor living experience, you can also bring along a tent as camping is usually a popular activity in Costa Rica. Campgrounds typically charge USD 8 to 10 for one night, however if you wish to camp in a national park, the rate is usually a bit higher. Check out the best accommodation options on our portal FindLateHotel.
Eating at local restaurants can save you a considerable amount of money as the average cost of a meal is USD 0.80 to 3. Local food outlets are favorites among the residents as they offer delicious traditional foods. Meals at more touristy restaurants will cost around USD 7 or more.
You can also have light snacks and small meals from the street vendors which will cost little more than USD 0.50. And if you plan on cooking yourself, a week’s worth of groceries will cost around USD 25 to 35.
Public transportation is cheap in Costa Rica. Tickets for short bus trips cost USD 3 whereas longer ones would cost you USD 9. There are many private busses that move between the major towns and important tourist destinations. However, public transportation services usually charge much higher rates than government-owned services. Traveling by air within Costa Rica is a bit expensive, so avoid taking flights between towns if you are on a tight budget.
Entry tickets to most national parks are typically around USD 9 and discounts are available for students. Canopy trips and day tours are around USD 40. A two tank dive into the ocean can be between USD 50 to 90. Surf lessons start around USD 18.50 per hour. Many surf camps are also offered at the beaches where you can spend the week learning how to surf or polishing your skills (if you already know how to). Fees for surf schools vary widely, though expect to pay at least USD 50 for a week worth of lessons.
If you wish to explore the indigenous wildlife of the country, make sure to visit the Monteverde and experience the top of its lush green forests. You can walk on the huge suspension bridges known as Sky Walk.
Another advantage of the many forests in Costa Rica is the opportunity to travel along the tall hanging trees through a zip line. The zip line in Monteverde is the longest in the entire central region of America and is definitely an experience worth having for all the thrill-seekers out there.
There are numerous man-made hot springs in the region for visitors to enjoy but the most famous is the one provided by nature in the form of river at Rio Chollin. It is situated in the town of La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.
Tortuguero National Park is an eco traveler’s paradise simply because of the diversity of plants and animals that it holds. The beach in the park attracts thousands of turtles each year while its rainforest is brimming with wildlife.
Playa Tamarindo is one of the top surfing spots in the entire Central American peninsula. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or a professional; the waves at Playa Tamarindo are welcoming for everyone, and there are many surf trainers and schools in the area. Furthermore, being at a surfing hotspot brings some super cool parties to hang out in the nights and evenings too.