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Tip to have a great time in Costa Rica

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REALIZE YOUR REALITY Your desire to travel to a foreign country requires you to embark on other people’s soil as a visitor. That makes you a target, for good and for bad. Some people will want to treat you kindly so you leave with fond memories of their home. Others may want to take advantage of you. When travellers forget their position in accordance with everyone around them they display their vulnerability. To best conceal this, acknowledge the target on your back the moment you step foot in a new country and do little to call attention to it.

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Feel safe in a different country

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DON’T ASSUME THAT OTHERS CARE ABOUT YOUR WELL-BEING MORE THAN YOU DO Throughout our business, we choose to work with highly reputable hotels, tour operators, and transportation service providers who make safety a priority; they are licensed where necessary, employ trained and/or certified individuals, and have the required insurances and/or permissions to carry-out their operations. This being said, no one in Costa Rica will care for your well-being more than you (the same can be said about the citizens of the country you come from). You are responsible for yourself; at home and while on vacation. Be alert. Ask questions. If something doesn’t look or feel right then trust your instincts. If you don’t, and you are not pleased with…

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Helpful tips for Costa Rican Travelers

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BE (AND REMAIN THROUGHOUT YOUR TRIP) ORGANIZED Many of us are organized travellers; we make sure we have all of the necessary travel documents we need before leaving home, we carefully pack our bags, and we know our trip itinerary by heart. Then we exit the airport into the warm and tropical climate, and life is pura vida. We relax and tell ourselves not to stress about anything. We are on vacation after all. That is, until we lose our passport, have something stolen from us on the beach or the local bus, or injure ourselves taking an unguided nature trek. Somewhere between home and paradise we transformed from type ‘A’ to type la’Z’y. Although planning a trip is somewhat easy,…

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PLAN FOR PLAN EXECUTION, TAKE YOUR TIME, AND DON’T RUSH

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PLAN FOR PLAN EXECUTION, TAKE YOUR TIME, AND DON’T RUSH Let’s assume you waited months, or possibly years, for your trip. You planned every minute of every travel day to maximize the benefits of your vacation, and you are ready to ring every possible drop of learned knowledge out of an experience-soaked trip. Your attention to detail is undeniable, but somehow you’ve failed to account for a few pertinent and finite travel decisions; decisions requiring time and other resources to successfully execute the trip plan you ever-so-carefully crafted. No matter how anxious or excited you may be to do and see everything, accomplishing such an encompassing goal calls on travellers to look past their trip itinerary’s flashy highlights to spot gaps…

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VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD IN COSTA RICA

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VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD IN COSTA RICA In general (for all diners–vegetarians, vegans, and meat-eaters alike), Costa Rican food is simple and repetitive. The majority of restaurants (with the exception of those catering to worldly cuisines including American and European tastes) offer the same staple dishes. If you’ve travelled to Costa Rica before, you’ve likely already tried these staple dishes (time and time again!) and you know that rice and beans is present with each. Prepared as a rice and beans medley in the morning (called ‘gallo pinto’) and served separately on the plate during lunch and dinner (called ‘casado’), Costa Ricans are accustomed to consuming grains and proteins at multiple times throughout the day. If you’re a fan of…

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TO REMEMBER

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REMEMBER, IT’S JUST A TRIP For some travellers, a particular vacation may be one of many trips they plan to make to Costa Rica. For other people, the vacation may be their one and only visit to the rich coast during their lifetime. The reality of the latter can lead to desperation, and, in extreme cases, to devastation. The truth of the matter is: some things, no matter how tempting, beautiful, or rare, are not worth it (“it” referring to whatever you choose to risk, such as your money, your time, or your life). A photo of you backed by a glorious sunset taken from a boulder 100 meters off the coast would be incredible, but it is simply not…

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VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD IN COSTA RICA: GENERAL TIPS

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VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD IN COSTA RICA: GENERAL TIPS FRESH FRUIT IS ALWAYS A GOOD CHOICE It is local and delicious, as well as 100% vegetarian and vegan (try some watermelon–great for iron!). Fresh fruit also makes for some great juice smoothies. Vegans, try a mixing of your favourite fruit with water (we recommend the strawberry water!). Vegetarians, try the same or else mix the fruit with milk for a creamier taste (we recommend the pineapple milk!). NUTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO PACK ON THE PROTEIN (AND ZINC OR OMEGA-3’S, DEPENDING ON THE NUTS YOU CHOOSE!) WHEN YOU NEED AN ENERGY BOOST Unfortunately, nuts (including peanut butter) are incredibly expensive in Costa Rica, however they are readily available at…

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Plug in Costa Rica

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PLUG IN Costa Rican properties utilize the same 120V 60Hz electrical sockets that are found in the USA and Canada (accepting two-prong flat connector plugs as well as three-prong connector plugs including an earth connector). Some older properties offer only two-prong sockets, however newer and renovated builds are typically equipped with modern three-prong sockets (ideal for laptop cables). TIP: If the hotel you are staying at offers two-prong sockets in the bedroom (or living room, if your room is a suite), check the bathroom for a three-prong socket. Some older properties will include one three-prong socket per unit, and nearly every time we searched for one, we have found it in the bathroom. the internet in Costa Rica

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Access to Internet during your trip in Costa Rica

Access to Internet during your trip in Costa Rica

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The internet is designed to help us meet, mingle, and get tangled up with one another; hence, its coining of the phrase: the World Wide Web. Just as you plan to connect with friendly Costa Rican people and the country’s inviting and natural environment through the act of travel, Costa Rica longs to connect with you. Here are a number of ways the internet can be used as an interactive and interaction-encouraging tool to improve your travel experience: To make new online tour, hotel, or transfer service reservations, or make changes to existing reservations To ensure you are aware of any applicable and last-minute reservation changes To ensure you are aware of any roadblocks (literal and figurative ones) that could disrupt…

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Using your phone in Costa Rica

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Using your phone in Costa Rica Travellers can opt to bring their own unlocked cell phone with them to Costa Rica or they can rent a cell phone once they arrive in the country. Either way, a new SIM card must be purchased to avoid a hefty cell phone bill surprise. Purchasing a SIM card is quick and easy, and the cards are sold at multiple locations throughout the country, including at the international airports, supermarkets, tech shops, cell phone company offices, and some internet cafes. TIP: Beyond voice minutes, SIM cards can also be purchased for the purpose of internet data use. If you plan to use a cell phone for online purposes or as a mobile hotspot for…

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