Costa Rica

Photo by
Matt of

Country Overview

Quite a tropical paradise in a unique region of the world, Costa Rica enjoys a very naturally rich environment across the country. Having two oceans bathing its beaches, tropical rain forests giving shadow to all species in the territory, and plenty of volcanoes, people can really get to enjoy nature while interacting with it. Costa Rican people are also very friendly and welcoming, and they speak English! Don't be surprised when invited to grab a coffee at their place, especially in rural areas. Transportation can be a bit messy, mostly in the city, but you can still move around the country easily by renting a car or using the efficient Costa Rican bus system. As we Costa Ricans like to say all the time: pura vida! (used for tons of possible conversations: from hello to goodbye, from all is good to see you tomorrow and from my pleasure to enjoy), and get ready to go tropical in an eco-travel destination.


Country overview by
Mariana of

Facts about Costa Rica

  • Currency:
  • Costa Rican Colon
  • Language:
  • Spanish, English
  • Electricity:
  • 120 V
  • Calling Code:
  • +506
  • Capital City:
  • San Jose
  • Famous For:
  • N/A

Stuff to See and Do


What to Do


Call ahead for current conditions of volcanoes
by Kj39 about 9 years ago

When I headed out to explore some of Costa Rica's volcanoes, I was armed only with knowledge provided in a guidebook, leading me to believe I could always see lava at Arenal or I could always climb Rincon de la Viaje's crater trail. I was disappointed to discover that Rincon de la Viaje, which was said to be safe to climb due to its many active fumaroles that vented off eruptive pressures, was actually active when I arrived, causing the park to close the crater trail to the top. When I visited Arenal, I again found that this always active volcano hadn't been erupting for the last 3 months. So try to find out ahead of time what the conditions are for, well, anything!


H2O adeventures another great company
by Kluft about 10 years ago
H2O adeventures another great company

H2O adventures is an alternative to Matt's company and it sounds like they are almost identical in everything they do. So i am sure either Matt's suggestion below or H2O in Manuel Antonio are great options.

Go with Rios Tropicales for Safety and Professionalism
by Mattfromtexas about 10 years ago
Go with Rios Tropicales for Safety and Professionalism

Was fearful of river rafting in Costa Rica. Went with Rios Tropicales down the Pacuare River and felt totally safe even when we were going thru Class IV rapids. Here are all the things they did to enhance safety: (1) six rafts went down the river together so if you get bounced out, you have multiple rafts to rescue you, (2) three rescue kayakers and a river rowboat accompanied us, (3) all guides spoke English and were professional, licensed river guides, (4) all safety equipment was new and was checked multiple times by crew for size and correct fit.

Check out Rios Tropicales here:

General Advice

Internet Access

Costa Rica Phone & Wifi Report
by Jessica of about 9 years ago
Costa Rica Phone & Wifi Report

General Availability: High
Quality of Bandwidth: Medium-High
Frequency of Internet in Campgrounds: Rare Ė Most campgrounds are in national reserves. Donít expect any internet unless there is an established hotel or restaurant.
Frequency of Internet in Hotels: High Hotels and hostels have excellent internet, you can rely on it as long as you can handle to occasional power/network outage. If youíre going into the wild and need to stay connected, bring an unlocked dongle with you and pick up a SIM card at a nearby shop.