Your most frequently asked Costa Rica travel questions

Travelling to a new destination can bring up all kinds of questions, and having a bit of peace of mind before you go can set your mind at ease, leaving you to relax and enjoy your adventure. Our Costa Rica travel specialists have answered some of the top questions they get asked by our customers to help you out.

How much can I expect to spend in Costa Rica?

Whilst travelling through Costa Rica you can eat lunch and dinner for the equivalent of about £20 per person. Of course, this depends on the type of restaurant you eat in, so prices can vary. Some of our more remote hotels include all meals while others offer set menus in the evening for as little as $15 per person. 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. If you’re self-driving, you shouldn’t need to fill your tank more than a couple of times during a 2-week itinerary.

What’s 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. There are plenty of international restaurants in most of the larger towns, including Italian, Mexican and Carribean.

Should I hire a car in Costa Rica or use 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. Driving in Costa Rica is very straightforward as roads are not too busy and there are no monster motorways.

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 reliable, clean, comfortable and air-conditioned. You will travel with a group of 2 – 12 other travellers and be picked up and dropped off at each hotel. It’s also a good way to meet likeminded travellers and share stories with people along the way.

What will the weather be like in Costa Rica?

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 when you can expect to see a lot of bright sunshine but also a nice cool shower in the afternoon. Throughout the wet season, you can expect a lot of rain and humidity, but the added bonus is that the country is at its greenest during this period. 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.

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