Traveling solo is one of the best ways to discover yourself and see the world at your own pace. If adventure is on your mind, then Costa Rica is the perfect destination for you. The ‘happiest country in the world’ has been an American tourist hotspot for decades. Surf the Pacific Coast or go white water rafting on the Pacuare River, take a day trip in the cloud forest or spend time in the beauty of the Arenal Volcano – the choices are endless. Traveling solo, however, comes with its own set of challenges. The good news is you can easily dodge these by keeping the following tips in mind:
Take American Currency on Your Trip
Most Americans who travel to Costa Rica commit a rookie mistake – they exchange all their money for Costa Rican colones. This is a bad idea for several reasons. First, the exchange rate is horrible. Next, due to the influx of American tourists, lots of restaurants and shops in Costa Rica, especially the ones in the tourist areas, accept US currency. However, if you plan on taking the public transportation, you might need the Costa Rican coins.There’s an easy way to get them rather than visiting the currency exchange store. Pay for something in dollars you buy and receive the change in colones. You’ll have a small stack of coins in no time. See, it’s that simple!
Carry Mosquito Repellent
A vacation in Costa Rica means exploring a mélange of terrain and landscapes. You would definitely want to carry your mosquito repellent spray, especially if a cloud forest trip is on your list. Moreover, it’s a good idea to wear long-sleeved clothes and bottoms when you’re hiking.
Drink Plenty of Water
The climate of Costa Rica is different from the US, and you will have to drink sufficient amount of water to avoid heat exhaustion. It is easy to forget about drinking water when you’re preoccupied with sightseeing activities. Set the alarm on your phone to be on the safe side. On hot days, make sure you limit your exposure to the sun, wear sunscreen, and dress appropriately.
Traveling solo in Costa Rica can be so much fun. In case you want to make the country your second home, call us at Arenal Hills on 1-844-My-Hills.