for Costa Rica
Here is our evolving tips list for earthlings traveling through Costa Rica˙ If you have something interesting to add to the list, post them in the comments˙ We’ll post the ones that are too true not to post and the ones that make us giggle a little˙
Pura Vida! is the national saying˙ It means “pure life!”
4˙ Don’t forget to try these fruit in juice form˙ Amazing!
5˙ Maybe it’s the fruit, but Costa Ricans have one of the highest life expectancies on Earth, at 77˙
6˙ Everyone has a machete! Not really, but most Costa Ricans own machetes for a variety of reasons, like gardening, coconuts, tourists˙˙˙
8˙ Costa Rican mosquitos are assholes˙ Buy everything you can to protect your skin˙˙˙ and sanity˙
9˙ If you like hummingbirds, go to Costa Rica˙ They have over 52 different species˙
Corcovado National Park is the largest park in Costa Rica˙ You will NEED a 4×4 for this trip˙ You’ll climb the side of mountains and cross 3 small rivers˙ Sounds exciting, right? Try it at night!
10˙ Peace, not war; Costa Rica has no standing army˙
11˙ Check out the turtles and other wildlife at Tortuguero National Park˙
12˙ Costa Ricans are made of Light˙ Not necessarily true, but when a woman is pregnant, Costa Ricans says that she is “con luz” or “with light”˙
13˙ Street addresses are rarer than hot showers in Costa Rica˙ No worries, it’s actually too warm for hot showers˙
14˙ Since they are few addresses in parts of Costa Rica, especially on the Caribbean side, you should have a good map on your phone˙ And, an old school printed map wouldn’t hurt˙
15˙ Pedestrians DO NOT have the right of way˙ Be careful and look ALL ways!
16˙ Look out for “dead people” in the streets˙ Speed bumps are called “muertos” in Costa Rica˙
Relax in the hot springs created by Volcan Arenal
17˙ Almost everyone can read˙ Costa Rica has a 96% literacy rate˙
18˙Pura Vida! is the national saying˙ It means “pure life!”˙
19˙ Natives of Costa Rica call the women “ticas” and the men “ticos”˙ There are no tacos˙
20˙ Corcovado National Park is the largest park in Costa Rica˙ You will NEED a 4×4 for this trip˙ You’ll climb the side of mountains and cross 3 small rivers˙ Sounds exciting, right? Try it at night! WTF?
21˙ Learn to cook healthy Caribbean, then sit and enjoy the fruit, rondon, veggie patties and plantains of your labor at Veronica’s Place˙ They also rent out charming cabinas.
22˙ Eat your fruit before strolling through Cahuita National Park˙ The monkeys here love fruit and they will jack you for your uvas! Trust us!
23˙ There is a sorta-secret village of the grid people living at the far Caribbean side of Costa Rica˙ It’s called Punta Mona and it’s about a 2-2.5hrs (8km) hike through an oceanside jungle˙ It actually took us a little longer, we decided to hike this after heavy rain, through knee deep mud and after getting lost˙ *Oh, don’t get too carried away talking with good company, you’ll missed the RED FLAGS meant to guide you there safely˙ Once there, enjoy the hippies and take the boat ride back˙ **One more thing, please start early˙ Boats leave based on the number of people leaving˙