Are you thinking about packing up the family and heading to Costa Rica for a long get away? While the element of surprise can make any family vacation exciting, it also never hurts to know a little bit about the place in advance. This will allow you to be better prepared for any situation that might arise and make your trip all around more enjoyable.
Below, you will learn some information and tips that you need to be aware of before paying a visit to Costa Rica.
Be Prepared With Bug Spray
While your passport might be your number one most important item in your belongings, bug spray can be just as equally as important. Costa Rica is packed with tons of mosquitos. Mosquitos are not only discomforting, but they can carry all sorts of bacteria and disease. If you want to best protect yourself you will always have some bug spray on hand.
Always Wear Sunscreen
While you can buy sunscreen just about anywhere it also never hurts to come prepared. Remember that Cost Rica is located 10 degrees north of the equator, so it can be extremely hot at times. While this makes a perfect environment for a Costa Rica surf camp, you don’t want to go home with aching sunburnt skin.
Be Very Cautious When Driving
If you plan on renting a car during your stay in Costa Rica, you will need to be very careful. You will probably find that driving is much different in this part of the world than where you are from. There are no street signs, addresses, and the traffic laws are not strictly enforced. Not to mention all the potholes, dirt roads, and wild drivers. You are on vacation and want to enjoy yourself, so there really is no need to rush to your destination. You don’t want to end up spending half the day arguing with some crazed motorist.
Always Notify Your Bank Before Your Trip
In today’s time, just about everyone has become accustomed to using bankcards or credit cards. The great thing about Costa Rica is that it is very credit card friendly. Most of the motels and restaurants throughout the area accept credit cards. However, there are some places and taxis that will only accept cash, so it never hurts to have some of Costa Rican currency on hand. If you don’t plan on packing any cash with you, you want to make sure that you notify your bank of your trip. Otherwise, the bank might see these foreign charges and block your card. You would be surprised at how many times this happens.
Plan Out Your Destinations Ahead Of Time
It always helps to have some kind of ideal what sights you want to see and what attractions you want to visit, before arriving in the country. You don’t want to get into the country and discover that you would like to hike through the woods, but realize that you left your boots and pack at home. Of course, you can purchase these things in country, but this only means you have to spend more money.