12 Essential COSTA RICA TRAVEL Tips | WATCH BEFORE YOU GO!!!

12 Essential COSTA RICA TRAVEL Tips | WATCH BEFORE YOU GO!!!


Hello everyone and welcome to my channel I’m Alex a.k.a. Alex The Vagabond and in this video I’m extremely excited to share with you
all of the tips for Costa Rica my favorite country in Latin America. I have visited Costa Rica seven times the first time way back in 2002 when I was a 14 year-old surf Grom and that first visit to Costa Rica
really solidified my love for the Spanish language, for surfing and for the
country of Costa Rica. So I’m really excited to share all the tips that I’ve learned from multiple visits to this beautiful Central American nation in
this video. Before we get started make sure that you’re subscribed with notifications enabled so you don’t miss any future videos and if you’re enjoying
this video please give it a big thumbs up. Alright. Let’s go. Should we start? So let’s start things off with a couple
of fast facts Costa Rica is by far and large the most popular tourist
destination in Central America. Over 80% of visitors come from the United
States and in 2018 there were over three million visitors coming to Costa Rica. The country is small it’s only the size of West Virginia but don’t be fooled by
its diminutive size. It’s the most biodiverse country in the world. Costa Rica is located in Central America and is bordered in the north by Nicaragua and in the south by Panama it’s got the
Pacific Ocean on its west coast and on its East Coast it has the Caribbean Sea
it’s divided into seven regions, San Jose Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste,
Punta Arenas, and Limón. The name Costa Rica derives from Spanish and it means rich coast because the first Spaniards who arrived in Costa Rica were greeted
by natives who were wearing elaborate gold rings in their ears and noses. Speaking of those original inhabitants archeologists have found evidence that
shows habitation from humans over 10,000 years ago In the 1500s Christopher
Columbus stopped in Costa Rica on his final voyage and it became a colony of
Spain but after that it was pretty much neglected the Spanish didn’t find the
riches that they were looking for in Costa Rica so it became this kind of
periphery in the Spanish colonial empire In 1821 Costa Rica followed Mexico’s
lead and declared independence from Spain becoming a sovereign nation in
1824. Since then the country has evolved immensely it’s one of the leaders in
conservation globally because of its biodiversity it’s also a leader in
ecotourism and it’s one of the most amazing destinations in the Americas so
let’s get into the tips. Number one. Unfortunately, Costa Rica is not
that cheap because it’s one of the safest countries in Latin America it
doesn’t have a standing army and it has relatively low crime rates compared to
its neighbors it’s become the go-to destination for Gringo’s primarily from
the United States to go on vacation Costa Rica’s popularity has translated
into higher prices across the board so if you’re trying to keep your costs low
then I would suggest avoiding the large group tours I’m talking about like the
ziplining canopy tours ATV tours things of those nature now that might be fun
and if you have the budget to allocate to that then by all means go right ahead
ziplining through the forest in the Costa Rican canopy is really cool and
you can see lots of wildlife but it is expensive. Most bills when eating out
even at small restaurants are going to include a 10% service tip and a
13% tax but the good news is you don’t have to tip on top of that. Also for visiting most natural sights you’re probably gonna have to pay a small fee
between ten and twenty dollars usually for parking and security so even if
you’re rolling up on a waterfall in the middle of nowhere someone has set up a
small business that has a parking lot and you’re gonna have to pay for parking
that also essentially is like a security charge you pay for that so that the
security guard keeps your car and your belongings safe while you are bathing. Tip number two avoid the crowds if you can. The low season in Costa Rica is May to
December this is the rainy season in the country Costa Rica doesn’t have four
seasons like temperate places in the northern and southern hemisphere because
Costa Rica is very close to the equator it only really has two seasons the rainy
season and the dry season now I visited both in the dry and in the
rainy season essentially in the rainy season it’s gonna rain pretty much every
single day but these are small for the most part tropical storms that get a
little bit of rain maybe in the morning and then clear out by the
afternoon for a nice sunset it does make for very dramatic photos during the
rainy season the dry season is much drier it’s much dustier and it’s hotter
so I have visited in both the wet and the dry season personally I prefer to
visit during the low season during the rainy season if you are going to visit
during the rainy season I highly recommend avoiding the month of October
this is the rainiest month of all. Avoid October if you can. Tip number three
accommodation so Costa Rica has the whole gamut of accommodation everything
from little family-run bed and breakfasts to large international global
chains I’ve stayed in many small family-run hotels right on the beach
these are great options I highly recommend if you’re trying to go surfing
visit my friends over at Surf Inn Hermosa at Playa Hermosa Beach. But the last time that I visited my fiancee Carrie and I stayed in an air B&B down in the south
of the country in multiple different Airbnbs actually and that was the most
gratifying way for me personally to travel. So choosing sites that aren’t on
everybody’s list is really gonna help you save money with your accommodation. Tip 4 rent a car. Absolutely essential Costa Rica does not have great public
transportation pretty much just buses and the roads are very windy and can be
quite dangerous so rent a car I highly recommend you get insurance because
drivers in Costa Rica especially the truck drivers drive quite
aggressively on single lane narrow roads with twists and curves and cliffs also
do not speed because there are speed traps all over the place the police in
Costa Rica are well aware that there are many Gringo’s who have rented cars who
might be going a little bit fast and therefore you will get pulled over you
will have to pay a small fine which is kind of essentially a bribe to be let go
and let on your wet drive the speed limit stay super alert and be careful
when you are passing cars. When I went on my first trip to Costa Rica when I was 14 I got in a car crash I was in the backseat of a truck they tried to pass a
semi-trailer and there was a another semi-trailer coming straight at us and
we just barely managed to make it into that gap but we were clipped it could
have been much worse I was very lucky I did have a huge welt on my head and had
to go to a hospital luckily they have great hospitals so drive carefully! Tip number five, get prepared to be wet. Now even in the dry season, it does rain
occasionally. It is a tropical lush country and that is due to the amount of
rain that it receives but even when it’s not raining it can be extremely humid so
wear clothes that breathe well like linens or synthetic materials having
clothes that dry quickly that wick moisture and that breathe is very very
important as is bringing a light shell rain jacket to keep you dry when it does
rain. Mornings tend to have the best weather as well so if there’s something
that you’re trying to do like a hike where you’re gonna be active and
sweating I highly recommend that you do that towards the beginning of the day. Tip six volcanoes. Costa Rica is a highly active volcanic region and these
volcanoes really do dictate the weather systems in the country especially in the
highlands one of the benefits of volcanic activity are hot springs. And if you go to the town of Arenal there are quite a lot of hot springs to choose
from this last time that I visited I had the pleasure of staying in Tabacon
Hot Springs Resort this place is literally heaven on earth if you have a
bit of a budget to splurge I highly recommend staying there for at
least a night but you can also pay and get access to the thermal River it’s
essentially a hot river that comes down through this beautiful jungle and you
can soak and it’s just one of the most magical and fantastic hot spring
experiences you will ever have so when you go to Arenal do not miss out on the hot
springs. Arenal is also one of the top ten most active volcanoes in the world
although it has been dormant for the last seven years so don’t be alarmed if
you smell sulfur but definitely it’s worth Googling before you visit what the
volcano is doing. Number seven wildlife Costa Rica is one of the most
biologically diverse countries on earth it only takes up .03%
of the Earth’s surface but over 5% of Earth’s species call
Costa Rica home. Costa Rica is also leading the way in conservation in Central America over 25 percent of Costa Rica’s landmass are protected in
national parks that means for visitors that there’s over 100 protected wildlife
areas to visit so if you’re into bird-watching or just being out in
nature you’re quite literally spoiled for
choice in Costa Rica. Monkeys are the most common mammal but be careful Howler monkeys can be territorial and aggressive you’ll probably hear their
noise coming from the canopy it sounds something like so when you hear that you know it’s a
howler monkey not just like some angry ogre in the forest
I’m sorry Shrek. and also be aware if a howler monkey is right above you do not
antagonize it because they do as monkeys do which means sometimes they defecate
in their hands and have been known to throw that defecation at you so be
careful howler monkeys do throw poop. It’s also home to 52 different types of
hummingbirds and if you know how to say hummingbird in Spanish write it down
there in the comment section. Costa Rica is also home to over 750,000 different species of insects that’s over three-quarters of a million
different types of insects it’s home to more than 10% of the world’s butterflies
so if you’re afraid of creepy crawlies then definitely be aware Costa Rica has
a lot of bugs they’re very big and they do occasionally from time to time make
their way into your hotel room also there are mosquitoes so make sure you
bring a solid mosquito repellent and make sure that you bring that from home
because that along with sunscreen is quite expensive in Costa Rica it’s
marked up a lot because locals don’t really buy either of those products only
gringos do so the prices are quite inflated but make sure that you’re
putting that on your ankles your wrists the back of your neck because mosquitoes
definitely love gringo blood. One of the best ways to
deal with the mosquitoes though is to wear long-sleeve long leg clothing. I’ll
link down in the description some of the clothes that I recommend bringing like a
packing list that’s down there in the description so make sure you check that
out if you’re wondering what you should bring. Lastly, I recommend visiting the Osa Peninsula if you can it is quite
literally the most biodiverse place on planet earth it’s very rugged it’s quite
an adventure to get there but there are some very unique eco hotels out on the
peninsula as well as a really good wave called Matapalo where you can stay
and surf it’s a journey to get there it required
us crossing a river on a floating barge which was quite an adventure in itself
but it’s a beautiful region and it is the most biodiverse place on earth so if
you’re into different animals and different plant species then head to the
Osa Peninsula. Alright, Number 8, beaches. There are over 801 miles of coastline and over 300 different beaches to choose
from any way you look at it a trip to Costa Rica has plenty of coastline for
you to explore plenty of beaches for you to lounge and luxuriate at and if you’re a
surfer like myself then you are spoiled for choice with waves. Some of the best
surf waves that I’ve experienced in Costa Rica are Playa Hermosa just
outside of Jaco. Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock which require a boat trip from
Tamarindo. and then also in the south Pavones, a mythical left Point Break
that is kind of fickle it doesn’t get swell very often but when it does it is
an incredible wave and I got very lucky this last trip to be able to catch it
with a good swell so there’s also the wave Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula
but there are plenty of waves to choose from in Costa Rica both on the Pacific
and on the Caribbean side If you want beaches without the crowds
then you should head to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica home to a more
diverse afro-caribbean culture it’s also home to some incredible sights that are
worth seeing. Head to Porto Viejo and check out the Jaguar preserve there
as well as Finca La Isla Botanical Garden. Number nine, Cloud Forests. Besides volcanoes the other thing that Costa Rica is very well known for
internationally are its cloud forests cloud forests are very unique ecosystems
they’re high alpine forests that have a hundred percent humidity. This humidity
creates a haze that people often say is like walking through a cloud. This unique humid environment leads to some very incredible biodiversity in the
cloud forests themselves also remember that the cloud forests are much cooler
and more wet so make sure that you have a jacket something to keep you warm
because the temperatures are much cooler than down in the lowlands by the beach. Tip 10 San Jose. San Jose is actually quite a young city it remained essentially a village until well into the 1800s. Now over one-third of the
population of Costa Rica “Tico’s” or “Ticas” as they’re known live in San Jose and the surrounding suburban areas. The main airport to the country is
in San Jose unless you’re flying into Tamarindo and Guanacaste. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of San Jose but things have been changing its modernizing it’s
getting safer and there are more food options now including a craft brewery
but for me personally I don’t spend all that much time in San
Jose, when I land I rent a car and I head straight to the coast. Tip Eleven, Coffee. Costa Rica is known internationally for the quality of its coffee beans and
coffee is still a major draw in Costa Rica as well as one of its largest
exports. Coffee has played a huge role in the country’s political, economic, and
cultural development. Coffee growing took off in the late 1700s and created what we’re known as coffee barons. The “golden bean” is still a prized export but coffee
production has become much more small-scale also most coffee plantations
in Costa Rica have some form of tour with a tasting available for tourists. Tip Twelve get off the beaten path This last trip to Costa Rica my fiancee
and I spent a bit of time in Playa Hermosa surfing and then we drove the
whole length of the Pacific coast down to Pavones on the southern border of
the country. It was quite an amazing road trip. Getting off the beaten path in
Costa Rica is really gonna open up new experiences for you it’s gonna bring
your budget down because you’ll be staying farther away from the touristic
centres and it’s really just gonna give you a more authentic Costa Rican
experience a real taste of the Pura Vida as they say there. If you get a
chance I highly recommend that you visit a turtle hatchery so some of these
beaches in Costa Rica are home to returning sea turtles who nest and give
birth to their young there. Depending on what time of year you visit you can see the turtles coming in from the sea to lay their eggs or the young newly
hatched turtles emerging from the nests and climbing down to the beach to begin
their lives in the ocean. Either way you do it, it’s a really magical experience
and it’s gonna give you a whole new appreciation for the life of a sea
turtle and the beautiful birth of these incredible aquatic creatures. That being said many of these beaches are protected and you can’t visit
without a guide so look into that for yourselves depending on which region
you’re visiting. Finally Tip Number Thirteen Eat like a local. I am a huge fan of the
“Plato Typico” as they say or the Casado’s which literally means married, because
these are the plates the typical dishes of families something that your wife
would make you back in the day. It usually consists of a protein whether
it’s a “Bistec” a steak, “Pollo” chicken or some fish along side some rice and
black beans with some plantains. As well as breakfast of “Gallo Pinto” which is kind of like a little mixed fried rice breakfast fried rice with some eggs on
the side. Lizano salsa, the green salsa is just like life-changing it’s just so
so good especially after a morning of surfing so I highly recommend that you
try that out when you visit Costa Rica. Okay, ladies and gentlemen, those are my tips for Costa Rica I am a huge fan of Costa Rica the
Ticos and the Ticas that I have met in my life have always been
extremely hospitable and kind so please when you visit make sure that you’re
respectful to the locals and that you respect the environment because Costa
Rica is just such a unique country and it deserves as much conservation and best
behavior as we can give it so, please when you visit just remember
be respectful, be good travelers and you will have an amazing time experiencing
the “Pura Vida” or the Pure Life if you enjoyed this video please give it
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your tips for Costa Rica down there in the comments section because I know I’m
ready to go back right now I just made this video and I’m like it’s time for me
to visit again okay Thank you very much, we’ll see each other in the next video and… I love you. Bye everybody as I always say “Train harder, fail smarter and never give up” I’ll see you all on the next one peace

100 thoughts on “12 Essential COSTA RICA TRAVEL Tips | WATCH BEFORE YOU GO!!!”

  • AlexTheVagabond says:

    Hey everyone!!! Hope you enjoy the video. If you have any questions just leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. Pura Vida!

  • Mariana Delgado Varela says:

    Hi Alex, thanks for such a great video, you were honest, real and a great adviser to our visitors. Ticos we do LOVE and adore our little piece of heaven. Next time you are around I would recommend visiting Playa Conchal, it's not for surfing but you can relax in one of the most amazing beaches. Try not to go during Jan-Feb as it is PACKED. Also, search from Nauyaca Waterfall or Llanos de Cortes Waterfall as well. And try to visit all the area near the Rincon de la Vieja volcano, it's simply stunning. Thanks for coming to our country and for loving it as much as we do!

  • Maximiliano Santamaria says:

    Hey great video. Hummingbird is translated as Colibri which is pronounced “COLEBRE “ (English pronunciation) the main airport is located in Alajuela not San Jose. The Central Valley is made of 4 provinces San Jose, Heredia, Cartago, Alajuela. The ugliest of them been San Jose excluding Escazu and Santa Ana.

  • COSTA RICA IS WAY OVERRATED AND IT'S FOR THE NON CRITICAL TOURIST. IT IS EXPENSIVE BECAUSE IS SAFE AND BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE AN ARMY? 🤔 I THINK YOU ARE OFF…COSTA RICA HAS BECOME A DANGEROUS PLACE DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS DUE TO THE DRUGS BEING USED MORE OFTEN BY THE LOCALS AS WELL AS THE DRUGS THAT PASS BY ON THEIR WAY NORTH TO THE USA MARKET. I REALLY THINK THAT YOU NEED TO TRAVEL MORE AND GET OUT OF YOUR "COSTA RICA SHELL" AND EXPLORE MÉXICO, COLOMBIA, CUBA, ECUADOR, GUATEMALA OR PERÚ! THESE COUNTRIES ARE NOT DESERTS AND HAVE BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS AND WELL AS THEIR OWN BIODIVERSITY. PLEASE UPDATE YOURSELF.

  • Hi! I'm from Costa Rica, your video was great. Extra tip: you should't drive without t-shirt, you can have a ticket for that.

  • Wet and Rainy Season are flipped in the Caribbean side. So if you are going to Puerto Viejo, October is sunny and not crowded.

  • Alejandro Miranda Solis says:

    Hey, bud. You literally told your viewers to do something illegal and attempt to bride the police. I am from there and understand some cops can be corrupt. However, you are talking to a massive audience. What happens to the audience that does end up going to Costa Rica getting pull over and tries to "bride" the police but the police officer isn't having it. Additionally, what example are you giving to your viewers by telling then that it is okay to try to bride the officers (essentially telling your audience to do something that is morally wrong).

  • Excelente vídeo, realmente sos un embajador de Costa Rica en el extranjero, gracias por mostrarle al mundo un poco de lo que es mi país Costa Rica. Cuando veo este tipo de videos "se me hincha el pecho de orgullo" y nos hace entender que como ticos, debemos cuidar y proteger mas la biodiversidad y enorme naturaleza que tenemos. Vuelvan pronto, pura vida. Mae ¡¡¡¡ 🇨🇷

  • THANKS FOR THIS!!! I’m a Tica and you got our essence! Such a beautiful video! We are so blessed! Please keep
    Coming back!

  • Tip = bring a lot of cash because this country is not cheap
    No one ever brings this up
    COSTA RICA is f-ing expensive and everyone is always surprised

  • I think the proper name for hummingbird in Spanish is colibrí. However, they're also known as chuparrosa in some parts of Mexico.

  • The main reason that CR is so expensive is because the government spends WAY too much on its large beaurocracy and needs more and more taxes to cover everything.

  • When renting a car in CR or anywhere, always take pictures of the car, to avoid being charged for damages that were already there.

  • Very nicely done! I am a Gringo and my partner is a Tico. We live in Costa Rica and the USA, so it is nice to see your perspective and we agree with your advice on travels to Costa Rica. We recommend that you visit the Central Valley of Cartago on your next trip and experience the lesser known Volcano's of Turrialba and Irazu, which is the highest in Costa RIca at just under 12,000 feet. We live in the Cloud Forrest at an elevation of around 5,000 ft and the biodiversity in this part of the Country is much different than you experience along the coast. Also, the main town of Cartago is a great place to visit with ancient ruins and the beautiful Basilica de los Angeles. We have a few videos on our channel highlighting this area.

  • Fyi, gringos aren't the only people who travel. People with darker skin should wear sunscreen and insect repellent as well.

  • As a Costa Rican, couldn't agree more with your tips. I agree about San Jose (maybe the nightlife in Barrio Escalante is appealing for some tourists). I would invite people to try Monteverde, San Gerardo de Dota and Waterfall gardens (in Poas).

  • Hi Alex, thank you so much for showcasing my beautiful Costa Rica. Loved every point you recommended. I can definitely tell you visited us more than once. 🙂
    Two thumbs of approval from this Tica in San Diego! Pura Vida!

  • I enjoyed the video and your tips. But to be honest, I was glad you left out a couple of my favorite surf spots.Thanks Alex! Pura Vida.

  • OMG thank you for talking so lovely about my country💗 we love to receive turists 🇨🇷✨ Pura vida and hope you come back soon

  • Amazingly done. Excelente tips above all the driving one. Osa though is very expensive area for traveling but as said unique in the world. As for the repellent and sunblock be sure to bring them in spray or similar never bring aerosol stuff, it will be removed from the bags at the airport, not allowed by airlines. Let me tell ya something you're already tico Alex. Be most welcome anytime you want. Great video

  • Ketcha Hernández says:

    I am from Costa Rica, and I really love this video. I would recommend you to visit the falls (cataratas), most of them are amazing and so beautiful.
    And a little fun fact the International Airport Juan Santamaria is actually located in Alajuela, not in San Jose, but it is so close to San Jose.

  • Hey you should visit Heredia and Cartago there are really cool places to explore, I recomend the Sanatorio Duran and Prusia Forest is very beautiful and you can see from there the Irazu volcano!!

  • maria jose ugalde campos says:

    hey @AlexTheVagabond, hurmmingbirds are called here in Costa Rica, colibries, in singular will be Colibri, they are so cute, gracias de verdad por mostrar parte de mi pais, is a beautiful country, I feel so proud of it, living here, siii be careful with drivers I'm so sorry they are so agressive, and yeah the best option and cheaper will be Airbnb app to search for hotels and tours….. etc
    Espero que continues viniendo que lo disfrutes bastante!!!

  • Well Alex, let me tell you a little something, as a 40 year old Costa Rican traveler I can safely say this is by far the most informative and well put together tips video for visiting my country in YouTube. Well done sir!! P.S. Hummingbird is Colibrí in Spanish…. Pura vida!

  • Can you just be our guide?? This will be my family first time leaving out of the county and my anxiety has me way to nervous that I won't be able to enjoy.

  • Wanderlust Awe Syndrome says:

    I can't wait to go to Costa Rica this MONTH!!!! This video has thought me so much before I go!!!! Thank you so much for this video!!!!!

  • Se parece mucho a mi hermosa isla de Puerto Rico. I would Love to go someday. Thanks for the advise! 😁👍💖 PS: Después que halla arroz con habichuelas y amarillos fritos yo soy feliz!👍

  • Dude I Love CR too. Been so many times. I’ve traveled around the country many different ways. One of my favorite ways is shuttle services ,private and shared van type vehicles . They also have free WiFi onboard And will stop for photos and breaks on request . Many companies available 🤙🏼

  • LOVED your video! Very informative! BTW, a new, award winning craft brewery, just opened in Liberia, across from the LIR airport. It is NUMU, getting rave reviews, Stop by when you are back in Hermosa! Pura Vida!

  • I have lived in Costa Rica for 3 years before , it was such a good time , but it always had s ugly sides too … specially ticos , when they don’t work , they see you walking on the street and start asking you for the money and stalking you so they can buy cigarettes and alcohols … you are healthy happy people just why don’t you get a fucking job ?????? And the crime rate is high in Costa Rica , drugs use , these things I’ve seen and heard there , but still a beautiful country , pura vida !!

  • We live in Costa Rica and havehave found rainy season usually dry mornings and some rain in the afternoon – the opposite of what you said in the video.

  • A great video!! I have lived in Costa Rica for almost 3 years now and I couldn't give better tips than these ones! I wish I have seen it before

  • One more tip, if you have the opportunity buy seasonal fruits, they are so delicious and you will have the experience of having tried some exotic fruits.
    And thank you for visit my country♥️

  • Hey Alex, awesome video! I’m planning on going to Costa Rica this February to learn how to surf at a surf camp there. I’ve been surfing a couple times and have done intro lessons but haven’t been able to progress as much as I would like. I saw you had mentioned your buddy’s surf place and I’ve been trying to do research on camps out there and have come across places in Tamarindo and Selina. I was wondering if you have any recommendations??

  • I just got back from a trip to Costa Rica. I spent two weeks in Arenal, Guanacaste, and San Jose. Your video is very accurate. San Jose isn't that great. Had the most fun in Arenal with all the great hot springs, and Guanacaste beaches. Another tip I would give is, if you get a taxi, make sure you make them turn on the meter, and if they don't get out. Also, Uber is there but it's illegal at the moment, but cheaper and know what you are paying before you get in. Pura Vida!

  • I live in the Osa. He is right about most things except transito bribes, no longer do they accept them, you will pay the full fine and it is not cheap! Rock waterfall is Cascada El Pavon, about 20 minutes from my house on a motorcycle. The river crossing is in Sierpe and is required if you are driving to Drake Bay or want to take the scenic route to Puerto Jimenez. It is very nice down here and in the rainy season I have many beaches to my dog and myself. Small amounts of drugs do not get you arrested, cannabis is tolerated well and readily available. A gram of cocaine is $20 and a 6 pack of Imperial (local beer) will cost $9 so beware the trap (I do not indulge or judge). Also, prostitution is 100% legal here and the women are their own bosses. (Again, I do not indulge or judge). Pura Vida can mean many things, to me, it means accepting life as it is, and not how you want it to be, and this beauty does not come from the land, but from the very hearts of the Tico’s.

  • Dude sunscreen and bug repellent is not expensive here haha you just need to know which supermarkets to visit. If you want to buy cheap things you can visit "Pequeño Mundo" "Pali" and "El Rey". You can surely stock yourself up in those places and Walmart is also kind of cheap. Next time you come shoot me an email and maybe we can meet to teach you about some of the places we locals like to visit and that are not that popular for tourists. San Carlos is amazing, Manuel Antonio is heaven on earth, you might also want to visit Santa Teresa which is in the lowest of the Guanacaste Peninsula, then shoot up north to flamingo, playa Grande, Playa Coyote, Playa Avellanas… Visit the Caribbean and get yourself to Puerto Viejo, Playa Manzanillo then shoot up north in the Caribe and go to Tortuguero. Or again, just shoot me an email and I'll help you out. Pura vida mae

  • Hans Christian F.O. says:

    Dear Alex, why call them Alpine mountains? The Andes are just around the corner in. You could call them Andean mountains……

  • Bien hecho, mae. Buen video. Has capturado los puntos esenciales. Tuánis! A propósito, tenés toda la razón, no hay nada mejor que un buen casado!

  • Could you link some of the air bnbs you stayed at by chance because I'm trying to find places to stay when I visit Costa Rica in March.

  • I'm from india also wants to go costarica…. I really don't know How much costly and expensive? Need your help humble request to you please help me….. I shall be very grateful for an early reply

  • You are a cool, dude thanks for the Video. Costa Rica y yo nos estamos atados por alma. So Thank you for sharing, I'll be coming home in 2 weeks can't wait :D!!! PVIDA!

  • – I think hummingbirds are called Colibrí in Spanish. the national bird of costa rica is called the Yigüirro and its a type of colibrí.
    – Arenal its the name of the volcano, the area its called "La fortuna" which its location is in San Carlos that is part of the Alajuela province
    – the national airport of Costa Rica is called Juan santamaria airport and its technically located in Alajuela, usually it's easier for people saying that its in San Jose becuase our airport code is SJO = San JOse so i guess that makes sense that people confuse the location of the airport.

    thank you for your video
    pura vida mae

  • JoseFdo R. Anderson says:

    Excellent Video Alex…. but next time you come here, make sure you visit or expend more time in the south caribbean ( Cahuita, WOLABA/Puerto-Viejo, Manzanillo)… thaks bruh!!!!!

  • Maroeschka Cornelie says:

    Hi Alex. Maroe here all the way from the tiny island Aruba. One question. What is the name of the house/hotel that I see which has a lot of mozaik and blue decor, where you say you liked a lot to stay? Thank you. Btw have you ever been to this beautifull islnad?

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