3 Days in costa rica


Pura Vida!!!! Though it was only for a few days, we loved our time in Costa Rica. If you're thinking of visiting read on to learn a few things to take note of based on current world events and watch the video below to see what we got up to!

1. Entry Requirements

A)You need to have adequate travel insurance that covers potential covid related medical expenses, quarantine and accommodation costs. Our nomad insurance did not cover the required costs, they told us that it seems most international travel insurers won't. You therefore can use a choice of two local Costa Rican insurers, we chose Sagicor and it cost £98 for 4 days. https://tiendasagicor.com/en/ B) You also need to fill out a health pass online which you can access 48 hours prior to flying. They will validate your insurance instantly so sort that before starting the health pass. https://salud.go.cr/

2. San Jose Airport

Is not in San Jose! It's a small town called Alajuela. San Jose is actually about 40 minutes away so make sure you bear that in mind.

3. Excursions

There’s a wide amount of activities to choose from: coffee tours, volcano treks, waterfalls, mountains, beaches. If short on time, decide in advance as most of your time could be spent travelling. It’s a very vast and spread out land. We did a coffee tour https://dokaestate.com/ and visited the waterfall gardens https://waterfallgardens.com/ We thoroughly enjoyed both and highly recommend visiting.

4. Transport

We hired a local driver to keep our experience hassle free. I hear the buses are good but can't comment. Drive if you can as it's very rural and you can then see more of the country but be warned. The roads are VERY windy and narrow and not always paved. You ideally need an SUV and be confident. We didn't use it but heard Uber is cheap. Please support local independent drivers who have been terribly affected financially during these times. Our driver Coco was fantastic, very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and his SUV was very clean. His number is +506 8555 1220

5. Costs

I read that Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Latin America and yeah, I'm not surprised. The cheapest meal we had was about £10 each and the most expensive £25 each. Definitely comparable to London. Entry to waterfall gardens was £45 each and the coffee tour £22 each. Our driver was £120 for the day. Airport pick up/drop off to the bnb was £50 round-trip. 6. Support Local Tourism Tourism makes up most of the economy so its been hit terribly during the pandemic as they closed borders for 8 months. Many had 0 income during this time and even now as it reopens, recovery is slow. So support the locals. Visit roadside restaurants, buy strawberries (their everywhere), avoid big tour companies and use independent drivers. Opt for a bnb over brand name hotels and enjoy a localised experience.

Do visit this beautiful country. We loved our time there. Staying in the mountains was so peaceful and it was awesome to be surrounded by hummingbirds, butterflies and the freshest food straight from the garden each day. Is Costa Rica on your list of places to visit?