Know Before You Go | Costa Rica Travel Guide
When flying into Costa Rica be sure you fly into LIR (Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport, also known as Liberia International Airport). To reach the popular resort area of the Papagayo Peninsula, expect about a 30-45 minute drive.
Be sure to pre-arrange transfers in advance if you do not plan on renting a car yourself.
In the airport, similar to what you will see in the US, they have car rental office spots if you want to get that set up when you land or you could google search and book ahead of time.
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Though San Juan is known as the “touristy” spot to visit, keep in mind that it takes approximately 3h 22m to drive from San Jose Airport (SJO) to Liberia Airport (LIR).
Tourists must acquire mandatory travel insurance that covers lodging in the event of quarantine as well as medical expenses due to contracting COVID-19.
In doing research before my trip I found Trawick International to have the best coverage at a much affordable rate compared to others.
It’s easy and all done online, once you get your insurance purchased they will send you the visa letter, certificate, and ID card needed to present at customs.
I purchased the insurance plan for myself and my mom and it was under $100 and gave us all of the coverage we needed plus it covers pre existing conditions.
Things to do in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
🇨🇷 Experience Santa Rosa National Park
Did you know that Santa Rosa National Park is where you can explore mangrove swamps, oak forests, marshlands, and serene beaches all in one place! You can go on a self-tour or hire a local guide to show you around!
🇨🇷 Tenorio Volcano National Park + Rio Celeste Waterfall
Looking to see a beautiful waterfall? Then look no further than Tenorio Volcano National Park. Home to Celeste Waterfall, known for its turquoise color, but be prepared for at least a two-hour hike each way. Another option for a great waterfall is at La Fortuna.
🇨🇷 RELAX & DINE AT LOLA’S + PLAYA AVELLENA
This is a beach club that you have to visit when in Costa Rica! it is the perfect place to watch the surf, have a few drinks, and relax with a beautiful beach view. Did I mention they have an onsite restaurant? Oh yeah, talk about convenient. lol
🇨🇷 Visit Rincon De La Vieja National Park
Rincon de la Vieja is home to the famous Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and other active geothermal sites in the area. In this national park, it is possible to see hot springs, mud pots, geysers, and more!
When you enter the park, there is a trail that is almost two miles long called Las Pailas Loop where you will see some geothermal activity. Alternatively, you could hike the summit but be prepared for a strenuous full-day hike.
🇨🇷 Explore The Beach Town Of Tamarindo
Lastly, but certainly not least, check out Tamarindo, one of the coolest beach towns in Costa Rica in my opinion. Tamarindo is in the province of Guanacaste and is known for being a very laidback destination with plenty of shopping, beach hotels, and surfing.
It makes for a great day trip if you’re at a resort and looking to go out and explore for the day.
Would I visit Costa Rica again? 🤔
I loved the weather, the people, the culture and being surrounded by nature presents such a sense of calm and peace I envy those who get to call Costa Rica home and have the region spoil them in this way 24/7.
The use of currency wasn’t a problem at all, getting a rental car follows the same process as renting a car anywhere else ( they don’t uber, so prepare/plan for that) but overall even with the language barrier experienced in some places compared to others, I still find it valuable to visit destinations and do the best you to can to communicate in their language and strengthen your skills.
So overall it was an amazing experience and definitely a country I would visit again and check out other areas and communities.