How much would I expect to spend on a daily basis?

Whilst travelling through Costa Rica you can eat lunch and dinner for under £20 per person. Some of the hotels offer set menus in the evening for as little as $15 dollars per person and bottled water costs around $2. If you wanted to tip your guides, any amount is greatly appreciated but we advise around $4 per person. If you want to book any extra excursions, your hotel can help you to organise this.

What is the food like in Costa Rica?

Fresh vegetables and fruit are all part of the staple diet in Costa Rica. Avocados and fresh seafood are all things you can expect to pop up on their menus.

Casado, or Comida Tipica, is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, served with fried plantain, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot. You can add on a choice of meat too. Yummy!

Shuttle bus

Should I hire a car or get transfers?

We would definitely advise to drive where possible as it adds to the adventure. It’s quite nice to be on your own schedule and find those hidden gems along the way.

If it’s a first time trip and you’re slightly nervous about driving in a foreign country then the shuttle buses are the best option, they are very reliable, clean, comfortable and air conditioned. You will travel with a group of 20 other travellers and be picked up and dropped off at each hotel. It’s also a good way to share stories with people along the way.

What will the weather be like?

Costa Rica has a tropical climate so it’s possible to see a variety of different weather while you’re there! December – May are within the dry season, you can expect to see a lot of bright sunshine but also a nice cool shower in the afternoon. Through the wet season you can expect a lot of rain but for it also to be humid. Head over to the Caribbean coast for those beach days if you are looking to travel between May – October (wet season). Keep in mind that the best time to see the turtles hatch is within the wet season, so for wildlife enthusiasts this is a perfect time to explore.

When to go to Costa Rica

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