Traveling Tips

We want you to enjoy a memorable eco vacation in Costa Rica that is why we want to provide you with valuable information about the things you need to know when coming to Costa Rica.

As an ecofriendly company our first advice for your vacation is to USE ONLY HOTELS THAT PERFORM SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES, it doesn´t matter if you are travelling to Costa Rica or somewhere else, by doing this you will help to provide a better world for future generations.

 

What to bring:

Sunscreen and insect repellent (not flammable), deet-based recommended if you are planning to hike in parks/rain forest/cloud forest, etc.

Hiking shorts

Pants: cotton or light synthetic pants

Shirts: cotton or light fabric, long and short sleeved

2 swimsuits

Light summer wear if you are heading to the beach: sarongs for the ladies are great and multi-purpose, shorts, tank tops, etc.

Footwear: waterproof, light-weight hiking boots, river sandals (Teva or Reef type sandals), tennis shoes/running shoes. If you do not bring hiking boots, make sure you bring TWO pairs of tennis shoes so that you will always have a dry pair. The former are recommended no matter the destination or activity you wish to experience. If heading to the beach bring flip-flops and/or light sandals as well.

Socks: bring extra

Hats with brim for rain and sun protection

If you are traveling to turtle nesting areas bring dark pants and shirt, and closed-toe shoes without reflective material

Rain gear: poncho, raincoat and umbrella

Plastic water bottle: especially for hikes and to refill to minimize waste and contamination

Camera, extra batteries, battery charger and plenty of memory for a digital

Ziploc plastic bags for gels and liquids, and plastic garbage bags for wet items

Back-up prescription glasses and medication (if applicable)

Small day pack or fanny pack for hikes

Sunglasses, Binoculars

Extra underwear

 

Car Rental Tips:


The Pan-American Highway is the main artery of travel and it is heavily used. The road is windy and it has some dangerous sections. However, the main highways are constantly improving. The roads to the most popular beaches and destinations are in good conditions, but there are potholes that you would not expect in your home country.

On the other hand, the road conditions are not the most important problem with driving in Costa Rica. The slow-moving vehicles and mostly trucks cause delays and some frustrated drivers pass them dangerously. You will probably have to make a few passes on double yellow lines if you rent a car and want to get fast to your destination, but se caution and drive defensively. The roads to more remote destinations (like Dominical, Monteverde and Osa Peninsula) are in very poor shape and require 4x4. Driving times can vary depending on traffic conditions. The drives to Quepos, Jaco, & Tamarindo in our opinion are the most pleasant and easiest to manage.

If renting a car make sure you`ve allowed yourself plenty of travel time between destinations. Driving at night could not be a good idea and mileage can be misleading when planning short trips, road signs are few and far between. Take into consideration that you will probably average speeds of 70 to 80 km per hour on highways and 40 to 50 on back roads.

 

Let us be your guide to this amazing destination.

Contact us now and enjoy a memorable vacation in an eco-friendly way!

 

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