Solo Female - Costa Rica

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1. Posted by Emmie45 (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hello, firstly thank you for reading this - much appreciated.

Right : my next idea is to travel to Costa Rica in 2019, anyone else planning this ?
I’m going alone - this safe to travel there alone ? (Unless someone else is doing the same trip of course)
Last time I was going San Fran on my own - which sadly I didn’t go as my nerves got the better of me - any advice?

Any good tour companies ?

Really look forward to hearing from you .....

P.s not to sound weird but always love travelling ... so anyone wanting company then ... ?✌?

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1883 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I did a driving trip around Costa Rica last year and the worst thing I encountered was parking fee scams and fake taxi scams

Costa Rica has done a lot to clean up its crime and is considered the safest of the Central American countries. In saying that it isn't recommended to walk around San Jose at night. If you try to get a taxi make sure it is a legitimate one. You can google pictures of what legitimate taxis look like.

If you base yourself somewhere like San Jose, there are loads of companies that offer day tours to destinations around there, but some places like Arenal are too far and you have to make your own way. Guanacaste coast is really popular with backpackers. All the beaches there had some form of bars and cafes where fellow tourists could meet up. Might be somewhere worth visiting if you want to meet like minded company.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Dec-2017, at 22:38 by Teoni ]

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2465 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

The crime in Costa Rica is mostly theft from cars or burglary. We've been twice and did not feel that it was unsafe at all.

I recommend taking a tour from San Jose to Tortugero. That way you will be with a group of people and your hotel and meals will be taken care of by the tour. You will see lots of wildlife in that area. We rented a car to get to Arenal, but I wouldn't want to drive it myself. It is easier to rent a car and drive to Manuel Antonio - it isn't too far from San Jose and the roads are good and the only thing you have to worry about is having change for the tolls. If you get a guide to go into the park, he can point out a lot of the wildlife which the people who go on their own will miss. In San Jose itself there are two really nice museums - one is the Gold Museum and the other is the Jade Museum. You can also get a tour of the city.

4. Posted by ShawnF (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I plan on driving down through Central America next summer, I'll be in Costa Rica for a couple of weeks-months so I'd definitely be down to grab coffee or something. This will be my first trip as I am just graduating college. Feel free to message me if interested! :)