Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination all over the world! It is the most visited country in Central America and the most sought-after country by tourists from Canada, Europe and the United States. A pioneer in ecotourism, Costa Rica attracts tourists to its extensive series of national parks and protected areas. It is a mix of nature, biodiversity, waterfalls, volcanoes, hot springs, rescue centers, beaches and much more. Something for everyone!
Now, if you’re looking for a Costa Rica vacation, but are on a tight budget, here are some tips that will help you save some money.
1. Plan ahead
Making last minute reservations burns a hole in your pocket. Not only are you spending more on flights, but you’re also missing out on hot accommodation options because they’re all taken. It is always economical to book your plane tickets and hotels in advance, as prices skyrocket near the date of travel.
2. Travel out of season
Avoid traveling during high season. First, you will find all accommodation options booked, and second, you will pay almost double what you would otherwise, in accommodation and travel. Also, every place you go to is full of tourists and your experience is ruined.
Summers, that is. December-March is a busy time in Costa Rica. Although it is a good time to visit, the rainy season (May-November) also has its own charm.
3. Keep an eye out for discounts
If you want to travel in the coming months, keep an eye on airfares and hotel fares. You may be able to find great deals or see an unexpected drop in rates. Hurry to book on the spot, because these prices are not there for long. A little vigilance can save you a lot of money.
4. Take public transport
Ditch your private vehicle or private taxis for your travels. Take public transport whenever you can. Public transport is unquestionably the cheapest mode of transport. It is also a greener mode of transport and your carbon footprint is lower.
5. Look for cheap hosting options
Stay at a hostel or bed & breakfast that offers low-cost accommodation. Hostels are a cheap and popular option among tourists in Costa Rica. You can also try CouchSurfing, where you can request to stay with someone in their home for free.
6. Carry your own gear
If you plan to do any adventure activities during the trip, it is always best to bring your own gear with you. Rental equipment will cost you extra. So plan ahead and make sure you pack easy-to-carry gear. This will help you get the most out of your trip at no additional cost.
7. Eat local
Whenever possible, eat local food from local outlets (called Sodas in Costa Rica). This way, you can savor the local cuisine of the place, blend into the local culture, and most importantly, help support the local economy. You also save money on expensive meals at high-end restaurants.
For ideas on where to travel in Costa Rica on a budget, read our article on 3 Cheap Vacation Destinations in Costa Rica.ns
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