The kinds of people who visit Costa Rica are almost as diverse as the exotic plants and animals found in the depths of the rainforest. However, whether they're here to explore the tropical beaches or see the jungle from the treetops on a canopy tour, tourists may find that some items are indispensable on their vacation. What should you pack before you come to Costa Rica?
- Insect repellent. Even if you decide to come here during the dry season, there are still plenty of bugs around, especially in the rainforest. While this is great news for me, being a tree frog and all, insects can be a pest for tourists trying to enjoy their vacation. If you're sensitive to mosquito bites or just want to keep the pesky critters away, make sure to pack some bug spray!
- Sunscreen. Some tourists come to Costa Rica specifically to relax on the country's stunning beaches. However, even if you've got a pretty good base tan, the sun can be very strong in Costa Rica due to the tropical climate of equatorial regions. As such, the sun's rays may be stronger than some travelers are used to. Visitors should pack some sunblock, I suggest SPF 15 or higher.
- Light clothing. Costa Rica's weather is literally tropical. Warm and sunny year-round, the climate here can also get a little humid. Tourists spending time here may want to consider packing some light clothing to avoid discomfort. Trekking around the rainforest can be one of the best ways to experience everything that Costa Rica has to offer, but make sure to dress appropriately!
- Smartphone apps. If you're fortunate enough to own a smartphone, some free apps can make traveling through Costa Rica even easier. For example, if you don't speak Spanish, apps like Google Translate can help you converse with the locals, and the GPS map functionality of some phones can make it easier to find your way around. Before you travel, consult our maps to figure out where you want to go to make the most of your time here.
- A sense of adventure. Costa Rica can be an amazing place to explore on vacation. When you're spending time here, don't be afraid to really get out there and see the incredible natural wonders of our national parks, or experiment with the local flavors at our restaurants. Costa Rica can be an unforgettable destination, so don't forget to bring a sense of adventure with you!
Hiker sitting on rock in river at Corcovado National Park