Costa Rica is undeniably one of the most popular travel destinations for people worldwide. While some may be visiting from the neighboring countries, there are other travelers who could well have passed halfway around the world to enjoy the magic of this natural paradise.
Going through the preparation of travelling abroad can get quite tiring. That is why it is worth getting it right on the first try rather than bearing through the troubles once you’re there. Just like any year-round tourist-packed destination, Costa Rica is known to respect its visitors. Nonetheless, locals have it in their right to expect the same in return, or at least an apparent effort to respect the tradition, culture and local customs.
Delay your plan to sleep, read a magazine or play online casino games during the journey and catch up on the top guidelines to fit in with the Costa Rica locals and enjoy the fruit of your efforts.
Clothing Does Matter
Costa Ricans are not the kind of people to judge on the brand of clothes you wear, but they are sure to stare you down if you decide to enter a market, restaurant or any other public local with your beach wear. Things only get worse the further you actually are from the coast, so despite the liberal air dominating the country, you should respect everyone’s reluctance to eat lunch next to your half-naked self.
Handle Financial Matters Beforehand
Regardless whether you are visiting from a nearby country or across the world, Costa Rica is foreign land to you and your finances. Dollar bills are accepted by most merchants, so US citizens are at a certain advantage. However, handling matters with your credit card company are best done before the trip. Notify your credit card company for your own sake – you could be stuck for hours or even days without cash, and other travelers’ – it’s cases like these that create a bad rep for everyone in general.
Sunscreen is A MUST
Costa Rica is as close to the Equator as many of us will never get to experience, so you could only imagine the heat that is bound to dictate the climate. Everyone but the locals are asked to protect their skin with proper sunscreen lotion to reduce the risk of potential health consequences, but also to avoid looking like the gumbo-limbo (or “tourist tree” as it is commonly known) covered in bright red bark with numerous peels sticking out. Many retailers target tourists by overpricing sunscreen products, so it’s best to bring your own from home instead of paying the price for ignorance.
Respect Costa Rican Nature
Every instance of flora and fauna on Costa Rican territory is strictly protected by the government, and even more deeply cherished by the local people. You are advised to show appreciation of the abundance of natural riches, but should know better than trying to take anything away by picking plants or hunting seashells without an authorized tour guide.