Costa Rica is the destination that millions of people head to when they want to get away from the hustle-bustle of their daily lives. They soak up the sun and enjoy the local experiences. Most of them return with loads of memories that will last a lifetime.
Costa Rica all inclusive vacations offer you the experience of a lifetime. You will find activities suitable for all. All-inclusive resorts are adding values to their services and making sure that your stay is all-encompassing from pool parties to fishing expeditions to revitalizing massages, and even international cuisine to titillate your taste buds. Before you start making plans, here are some precautions that you need to take.
Expect to Spend More Than You Plan
Vacationing in Costa Rica is not cheap. While all-inclusive resorts do offer great deals which include your room, food, and other amenities, many activities may be charged extra. Like, if you are a big-time angler, then you will have to pay more for fishing charters.
Also, all-inclusive resorts offer most activities in the same location. It makes more sense to explore other regions while in the country. That will also cost more. So, get ready to spend a great deal more than what you pay for an all-inclusive because it is not all inclusive.
Exchange Your Currency
Most businesses do accept U.S. dollars, but, it is a good idea to exchange your currency as a precaution. If you are planning on exploring different regions of the island, you may have to use the local currency. Also, local currency comes handy when tipping tour guides, drivers, etc.
Organize Your Travel Documents
American citizens do not need a visa to visit Costa Rica, but they need to carry their passport. They will have to display their passport when entering the country. Also, make sure that your return ticket is handy. For any medication, you will need to carry a doctor’s prescriptions. It would be best to keep all travel documents in one place for easy access.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDCP asks the travelers to get immunized with the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR)
- Yellow fever (if you’ve traveled to a country where it’s present)
Make sure you speak to your physician when making your travel plans and get immunized well in advance. You can plan a schedule so that all your vaccines are covered by the time you are ready to travel.
Make Sure Your All-Inclusive Has an In-House Doctor
While most of Costa Rica all inclusive vacations do have in-house doctors, there is no harm in confirming before you arrive. It is important to have a doctor around, especially if you are traveling with kids.
Use Sun Screen
While the weather is pleasant in Costa Rica, the excessive sun can be harmful to your skin. It is best if you dab some sunscreen every few hours to make sure your skin doesn’t get burned from overexposure to the sun. Those who plan to go fishing or head for the beach should especially use sunscreen as protection against ultraviolet rays of the sun.
Carry a Mosquito Repellent
Mosquitoes are very common in Costa Rica, and they carry diseases such as Dengue fever. The country was reported to have the highest cases of dengue fever in 2016 in Central America.
There are many forms of mosquito repellents. You have many options available in the form of sprays and lotions that can be used on the skin, and those that are intended for clothes. Take your pick and be safe.
Be Prepared For Delays
Costa Rica is a small country, but it can take to longer than it should to get around. With most of the paved roads and highways, allowing only one-way traffic, you can expect a lot of traffic congestions.
A good example is San Jose, and Tamarindo is only 259 kilometers apart, and it should take you about 4 to 5 hour to get from one city to another. But, not in Costa Rica! Here, this distance can take you anywhere between 8 to 12 hours, depending on the kind of traffic you run into.
Also, traveling this far, it’s no use just zipping from one city to another. Instead, take your time to get there and soak in the beautiful sights that the country has to offer. Not only do these make for great pictures, but, you can also carry a picnic lunch and take a couple of hours off from driving when you find the perfect spot.
When visiting Costa Rica, expect the unexpected and be prepared. These precautions should allow you to be prepared for anything. So, don’t let small diversions get in the way of enjoying your vacation. There are after all few and far between.