These are some local expert great tips for your trip to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people in the world, so, it can be hard not to enjoy it, right? Well, there are still some hints that we can give to those travelers who are looking to take the very best out of a country, and how to do that? Well, here we have some tips that could easily help you on your trip.
1.Keep an open Mind
Try new food, there are delicious Costa Rican dishes such as the Gallo Pinto, that is a regular delight in the morning. Try new places. Costa Rica has beautiful beaches and volcanos, normally this is the reason to visit it, but there are also awesome forests and activities to do all through the land. You can also try the city of San José downtown, this place blossoms with places to discover, such as museums, parks, restaurants, and nightlife. Find out with your travel consultant about off the beaten paths… There are so many places yet to discover here!
So, keep an open mind, this will allow you to explore and discover some of the best the country has.
2. Learn some basic Spanish
We have been here: a new country, a language of which we know nothing, it may be very difficult to communicate by only using nonverbal skills. So why not learning some basic Spanish, here are some examples like;
Hello / Hola
How are you? / ¿Cómo está?
Where is…? / ¿Donde está…?
Where can I get…? / ¿Dónde puedo conseguir…?
How is this called? / ¿Cómo se llama esto?
With a dictionary, patience, and practice you will totally be able to communicate more efficiently with every Tico you meet.
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The ultimate goal of a vacation is to relax, this can be done by having some thrilling challenges, experience new things or simply get into some warm and beautiful hot springs in a tropical paradise. Is just a matter of perspective of what you can do and how you can enjoy it.
So, when you get to Costa Rica, well, enjoy it! Do anything you like, eat whatever you would like to taste and have a good time, there are lots of places where to do it, and even more where to learn from.
4. Keep your senses open
At first, they are indistinctive sounds and shapes, but, little by little and literally in a matter of days you will learn to recognize the sounds of a poison dart frog and a cricket, a marine toad and a howler monkey, and you will learn when to look up in search of a sounding toucan. You will as well learn the movements of a troupe of monkeys up on a tree, or the quiet shape of a sloth hiding in the leaves. Just keep your senses open.
5. Talk to the people
Never mind how little Spanish you speak, you will always find people who speak English, the hotel receptionist, the clerk at the store… Ask them about their families, their holidays, their celebrations, sometimes in these causal contact you learn more of a country than in a thousand guidebooks.
6. Try unknown fruits
There are some really weird, and some, may even look disgusting (Passion Fruit for instance), they taste great! Try them! And carry some kleenex with you for the mess!
7. Try Pops Icecreams
This is a Costa Rican franchise that now is all Central America. Best ice creams ever! Try their sundaes! They are delicious!
8. If possible, be in San Jose for an Art City Tour night
The Art City Tour is a night (Happens every two months) when all museums in the city are open for free, but not only that! There is also free transportation between them… There are concerts, exhibitions, tale telling… It’s great! Try it!
9. When walking on in the rainforest, be silent and don’t touch anything!
This is the best way to see wildlife, hear it and then see it! And don’t touch anything! There are toxic plants that look unharmful but that can leave you a rash easily. Not to talk about bullet ants or vipers!
10. Use repellent at all times, everywhere in Costa Rica
Never mind where you are… there are mosquitoes. And even though we’ve had very few cases of zika, dengue or malaria… You might always find the lucky mosquito that carries any of these.