Costa Rica is a top travel destination across the board for many reasons. It is affordable with a stable environment and provides both adventure and relaxation - a travel experience for everyone. The country offers amazing biodiversity, dramatic landscapes and fantastic beaches.
Opportunities for adventure abound, but starting any journey begins with one important task: packing your luggage. See below in our Costa Rica Vacation Guide for tips on what to pack.
These tips will help you to get the most out of your Costa Rican vacation by keeping you equipped to handle the diverse and exotic microclimates of Costa Rica.
Because of its proximity to the equator, the sun’s rays are strong, with the sun setting at about 6:30PM every night, regardless of the time of year. The Pacific region of Guanacaste, popular for its beaches, has a relatively dry climate, but the rest of the country, from the wetlands of the Caribbean Coast to the Cloud Forests of Monteverde, tends to be very humid, with an overall tropical climate. As your Costa Rican adventure will most likely take you through different parts of the country, it is a important to pack a wide variety of clothes, with a good selection of water-resistant synthetics.
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Here's our recommended checklist for Costa Rica:
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- Shirts: cotton or light synthetic, both long and short-sleeved
- Dry fit clothing: cotton or light synthetic pants and shorts; bring at least 2 sets of clothes that dry quickly
- Jeans are not recommended as they become easily soaked and do not dry quickly
- Footwear: waterproof, light-weight hiking books, Teva-type sandals, sneakers (if you do not bring hiking boots, be sure to bring two pairs of sneakers)
- If your trip includes observing turtle nesting, bring dark pants and a dark shirt, and closed-toed shoes
- Socks: bring extra pairs in case your feet get wet!
- Rain gear: rain poncho and/or an umbrella
- Hat(s) with visor for both rain and sun protection
- Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb (a MUST for Corcovado National Park)
- Zip-lock plastic bags for personal belongings
- Small day pack or fanny pack for hikes
- Sweater or light jacket
- Polarized sunglasses
- Extra prescription glasses, contact lenses and medications
- Passport copies
- Camera/Smartphone and extra batteries, charger and plenty of memory to record plenty of memories!
Now you're ready to handle just about everything Costa Rica can throw your way. Enjoy the adventure!