*Photo: “Costa Rica… No artificial ingredients!” by Arturo Sotillo (license: CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo has been cropped and text added.)
Ian and I will depart for our next big travel destination, Costa Rica, on February 14th (romantic, I know). It’s my first time to Central America, and I’m SO excited to be heading somewhere warm this winter!
The only problem is that we still need to decide what to do while we’re there. I have to admit that when it comes to pre-trip itinerary planning, Ian and I have historically taken a lackadaisical approach. The last time we had a long-term overseas trip approaching, we planned nothing beyond just getting to the place we were staying. Granted, we were CRAZY busy prepping for our transition to travel life, so we kinda had an excuse.
But this time? I want to be more prepared! Read on to see what we’ve planned so far. If you have any suggestions for us, we’d love to hear them! Share them with us while we’re planning our trip these next few weeks.
Our Costa Rica Travel Plans
Here’s what we’ve got on the agenda so far. (It’s not much, but it’s a start!)
WHEN We’re Going
We’ll be in Costa Rica from February 15 – March 15, 2015.
WHERE We’ll Stay
We’ve booked a one-month stay with a local family for just $300, so we’ve got money left over in our travel budget to get some real exploring done. The home is in Heredia, a safe, peaceful town 20 minutes from downtown San Jose (Costa Rica’s capital).
WHAT We Plan to Do
Here’s where we really need help, as we’ve made no definite plans for activities yet.
Luckily I’ve got a few friends who have been to Costa Rica before, so we have some suggestions to use as a starting point. I’ve heard Boyero Tours has some great experiences to offer up, so I’ve contacted them and am waiting to hear back.
A few other suggestions we’ve gotten so far:
- Arenal Volcano
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Sarchi (for shopping)
- Activities: hiking, hot springs, ziplining, kayaking, white water rafting, surfing
HOW We Plan to Get Around
We’ve heard taxis are expensive and buses are cheap, so we’re planning to save money and get around by bus whenever we can. If a particular day’s activities would be easier with a car, we’re open to looking into renting for a day or two. If we sign up for a couple tours, looks like they’d pick us up, so we wouldn’t have to worry about transportation there.
That’s it so far for our Costa Rica travel plans!
Have you been or are you planning a trip to Costa Rica? What do you think we should see and do while we’re there? Let us know in the comments below.
About the Author
- In March 2014, Diana called it quits on her traditional American working life and set out to explore the world with her partner in crime (and love of her life) Ian Norman. They now live a sustainable life of full time travel, working for themselves and seeking adventure at the same time. Here on North to South, Diana documents their journey in achieving and maintaining this "road less traveled" way of life.