Costa Rica Any informations or Good tips ,places , food,....

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1. Posted by daily.yours (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello ,
my name is lauu , i'm twenty i live in belgium , i'd like to prepare a trip in costa rica so if you have any good tips , places , foods , any informations to share with , it would be great.
-what travel way do advice ?
-what kind of food should i or shouldn't eat ?
-wheres are the best places ?
-which nationnal parck have to see ? (cause theres many)
-wich coast should i start ?
-good hostels?
-what should i absolutely know before i go ?
-where can i find people who goes there too?
-what about the money ?
-about rafting wich zone is the best ?
if you have any ideas or extra tips i'm here ! :)
thanks for taking time!


2. Posted by Code (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

H i Lauu!

I will share some advices for you:

-what travel way do advice ?
What do you mean?

-what kind of food should i or shouldn't eat ?
As usual, don't eat in places with poor sanitary conditions and drink bottle water. The water is potable; but better be safe than sorry.

-wheres are the best places ?
Depends, we have a lot of beautiful places. What are you looking for?

-which nationnal parck have to see ? (cause theres many)
Depends; what are you looking for? beach, volcanoes?

-wich coast should i start ?
I really enjoy the Pacific coast. Especially the Guanacaste area is very nice.

-what should i absolutely know before i go ?
Just take the usual safety precautions

-what about the money ?
You can use US dollars; but don't exchange euros at the Airport. The exchange rate is not fair; instead go to a Bank.

-about rafting wich zone is the best ?

3. Posted by thegeegs (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi there!

Well lets see... National parks, I like Manuel Antonio and Monteverde, both beautiful and different in many ways

Water, I usually drink bottled although generally the water here is ok

Good places to eat - I eat in local sodas mostly (small local restaurants) the food is usually hot fresh and cheap but if you are looking for US style, we have most of the US chains here too

Money - dollars can be used in the larger towns and supermarkets, usually they give you change in local currency. Some local currency is always good to have though

Coasts - I would start on the Pacific, personally I find it nicer

Places to go - i always recommend Arenal, if you stay a couple of minutes out of town, the rates are better and so is the view!

You dont say how long you are coming for. If you are coming for a short time, dont try to do it all. Many places seem like a short distance but can take hours to get to...

Have a great time!

4. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 132 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi young man. Quite frankly I wonder what you would answer to me if I asked the same questions about visiting Belgium. Rest assured about eating and drinking here: you will even find Stella Artois.
Travel over the country is easy. Public buses run frequently everywhere and the fares are reasonable.
You will invariably start from the airport of your arrival. That may be San Jose (SJO) or Liberia. Stay at a local hostal or small hotel. The owner shall be glad to give information on what to do, what to see, where to go. You will eventually experience for yourself which destinations are the "best".
And don't worry: Costa Rica is quite a civilized country.
Bon voyage. Goede reis.

5. Posted by HappyWanderer (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


Good choice on Costa Rica! One of my favorite places to visit.

As far as travel is concerned, if you drive you can rent a car, but if not, you can easily use the shared shuttles (Interbus, Grayline, GeckoTrail).

Costa Rican food is safe to eat and delicious! Sodas are the go to places for typical food.

As far as places to see, I really enjoyed La Fortuna, home to the amazing Arenal Volcano (you can purchase a tour to hike some of the volcano, including on lava from the last eruption. Monteverde is also nice and has hanging bridges but if you're short on time, I would skip Monteverde. Playa Tamarindo is my favorite but I also hear the Caribbean side is also a great place to visit for food and "irie vibes". Puerto Viejo is a great town for Afro-Caribbean culture. Manuel Antonio is also a great place to visit.

Tips: if you're short on time and you fly into Liberia, it's better to stay in Guanacaste region. If driving, be careful particularly at night on mountainous roads as the terrain can be dangerous. And visit sodas for more budget friendly meals.

Pura Vida!!