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You’ve heard it time and time again. We write to provide you with answers. Plain and simple. Without your questions we’d have nothing to respond to, and a blog that strives to better its writers more than its readers would hardly earn a visit, don’t you think? If a police officer pulled you over and issued a traffic ticket because you drove a kilometer or two over the speed limit – not because you did so recklessly but because he or she had a ticket quota to meet – would it anger you? If you visited your family doctor with a medical concern and he or she diagnosed you incorrectly simply because they wanted to use you as a participant in their research study or cite you in their journal article, would you be satisfied with the result? When we’re on the receiving end of a service – whether that service aims for something great like the protection of society or the offering of reliable medical attention, or merely serves a trivial purpose such as providing vacation planning advice – our priorities should be put first. This helps ensure that we’re not only treated fairly and correctly, but that we stand to benefit from the service in the first place (and to a greater extent than the service provider).
Over the years we have come to learn what travellers want and need to know the most about planning a trip to Costa Rica and executing the perfect travel experience. It doesn’t matter if we are answering travellers’ questions via Costa Rica Travel Blog or helping them design a trip plan via Pura Vida! eh? Incorporated, our aim is the same – to put your priorities first. For this reason, we choose to write what you feel you should read (anything beyond this would be a waste of your time and ours). How do we know what you should be reading? Because travellers ask us the same questions over and over again. We also monitor our website statistics. These conveniently display words and phrases that individuals type into Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other similar search engines to retrieve information about Costa Rica. Search phrases often appear in the form of a question (ie. when is the best time to travel to Costa Rica?) and when the same phrases appear consistently across our statistic reports their prevalence draws pretty obvious conclusions.
To help serve first-time visitors to Costa Rica, below is a list of some of the most popular questions travellers ask about the country. In addition, links to the specific areas of our website where answers to each question can be accessed are also provided.
HOW DO/SHOULD I PLAN A TRIP TO COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Step-By-Step Costa Rica Trip Planning. You Can Do It… We Can Help!
IS COSTA RICA SAFE?
See our related blog post: Is Costa Rica Safe? Yes, If You Travel Consciously, Cleverly, And With Common Sense. Here’s How.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO GO IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Where To Go In Costa Rica: Determining the Best Places To Visit During Your Trip
HOW DO I PLAN A VACATION TO COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Planning A Vacation To Costa Rica? READ THIS FIRST!
WHICH AREA IS BETTER TO VISIT: LA FORTUNA / ARENAL OR MONTEVERDE?
See our related blog post: Should You Visit La Fortuna (Arenal), Monteverde, Or Both Destinations During Your Costa Rica Vacation?
SHOULD I / HOW DO I MAKE A DAY TRIP TO MONTEVERDE FROM LA FORTUNA/ARENAL OR VICE VERSA?
See our related blog post: How To Make A Day Trip To Monteverde From La Fortuna (Arenal) Or Vice Versa?
WHICH BEACH IS THE BEST TO VISIT?
See our related blog post: The Best Beach In Costa Rica: What To Know About The Northern Pacific Beaches
See our related blog post: The Best Beach In Costa Rica: What To Know About The Central Pacific Beaches
See our related blog post: The Best Beach In Costa Rica: What To Know About The Nicoya Peninsula Beaches
SHOULD I VISIT TORTUGUERO / IS IT WORTH IT TO VISIT TORTUGUERO (WITH / WITHOUT TURTLES)
See our related blog post: Is Costa Rica’s Tortuguero Worth Visiting?
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: When Is The Best Time Of Year To Travel To Costa Rica?
HOW SOON IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO MAKE TRIP RESERVATIONS?
See our related blog post: Reserving Costa Rica Trip Items In Advance: How Much Time Is Needed?
HOW SOON IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO RESERVE COSTA RICA DAY TOURS?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Day Tours: Should You Book Ahead Of Time Or Wait?
WHAT IS THE BEST ZIPLINING TOUR (CANOPY TOUR) IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Which Costa Rica Zipline Is The Best? Comparing 6 Popular Canopy Tours in Arenal and Monteverde
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CANOPY TOUR AND A ZIPLINING TOUR?
See our related blog post: Ziplining & Canopy Tours in Costa Rica: The Difference Between The Two
WHICH HOT SPRINGS ARE THE BEST?
See our related blog post: The Best Hot Springs In La Fortuna / Arenal, Costa Rica: Baldi, Ecotermales, Tabacon, Or The Springs Resort?
WHICH VOLCANO IS THE BEST TO VISIT IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: The Best Volcano To Visit In Costa Rica: Arenal, Irazu, Poas, Rincon De La Vieja, Or Turrialba?
WHICH ARE THE BEST HANGING BRIDGES IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Which Costa Rica Hanging Bridges Are The Best? Comparing 4 Popular Hanging Bridge Sites in Arenal and Monteverde
WHICH RIVER IS THE BEST FOR RAFTING IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: The Best River For Rafting In Costa Rica
WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: What To Pack For A Costa Rica Vacation
WHAT SHOULD I BUY IN COSTA RICA AS A SOUVENIR?
See our related blog post: What To Buy In Costa Rica: Our Costa Rica Souvenir Shopping List & Buying Tips
SHOULD I RENT A VEHICLE FOR MY COSTA RICA TRIP?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Vehicle Rentals: Should I Rent A Car For My Costa Rica Trip?
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW TO AVOID VEHICLE RENTAL SCAMS IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Vehicle Rentals: How Not To Fall For A Car Rental Scam
WHAT CAR INSURANCE IS MANDATORY IN COSTA RICA? WHAT IF I HAVE CAR INSURANCE FROM HOME?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Vehicle Rentals: Credit Card Insurance Coverage & Declining Part CDW
DOES COSTA RICA ACCEPT USD OR DO I NEED TO CONVERT MY MONEY INTO COSTA RICAN COLONES?
See our related blog post: Spending in Costa Rica – Trip Currencies
HOW DO I PAY FOR MY COSTA RICA VACATION?
See our related blog post: Paying For Your Costa Rica Trip: What Is Normal, Common, And To Be Expected?
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY ON COSTA RICA DAY TOURS?
See our related blog post: How To Save Money On Costa Rica Day Tours
DO I TIP IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: To Tip or Not To Tip (While On Vacation In Costa Rica) – That Is The Question!
WHAT ARE THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF TRAVELLING TO COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: The DO’s and DON’T’s of Costa Rica Travel
DO I NEED A GUIDE TO TOUR COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Guided Tours In Costa Rica: Are They Necessary, Valuable, And/Or Worthwhile?
HOW MUCH IS THE ENTRANCE FEE TO “X” NATIONAL PARK, WILDLIFE REFUGE, AND/OR BIOLOGICAL RESERVE?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica National Park, Wildlife Refuge, And Biological Reserve Entrance Fees Set To Increase. Here’s How Much A Visit To Each Will Cost.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAN JOSE (SJO) AND LIBERIA (LIR) AIRPORT?
See our related blog post: Comparing Costa Rica’s San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) Airports
WHAT IS THERE TO DO IN SAN JOSE?
See our related blog post: What To Do And See In San Jose, Costa Rica
HOW DO I GET FROM PLACE TO PLACE IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Transportation: 10 Ways To Get From Point A To Point B Throughout Your Trip
HOW CAN I USE TOURS (ACTIVITIES) AS A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGHOUT COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Tour Transportation: How To Use Tours To Travel Between Destinations
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FROM “X” TO “Y”?
See our related blog post: Are We There Yet? Driving Durations for Popular Costa Rica Routes
WHAT DO VEGETARIANS / VEGANS EAT IN COSTA RICA?
See our related blog post: Vegetarian and Vegan Dining in Costa Rica
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MONTEVERDE AND SANTA ELENA?
See our related blog post: I’m going to Monteverde, not Santa Elena, so why do both towns keep popping up during my research?
WHAT DOES “PURA VIDA” MEAN?
See our related blog post: What is Pura Vida and why is it all over Costa Rica?
IS COSTA RICA A POPULAR ALL-INCLUSIVE VACATION DESTINATION?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resort Series – PART 1: Why Costa Rica Is NOT An All-Inclusive Resort Destination
See our related blog post: Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resort Series – PART 2: How To Have An All-Inclusive Vacation In Costa Rica WITHOUT The All-Inclusive Resort
I WANT TO PROPOSE TO MY PARTNER WHILE IN COSTA RICA. HOW/WHERE SHOULD I GET ENGAGED?
See our related blog post: Costa Rica Proposal Ideas: Great Ways To Get Engaged In Costa Rica
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