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Pura Vida Costa Rica

Author: bonbon travel tips
Date of Trip: January 2011

Costa Rica in two words is “pura vida”. You will hear this widely spread phrase everywhere you go, and it reflect your trip to Costa Rica. In some cases, it will change your entire way or thinking..

"pura vida" is a form of saying hello, goodbye, or basically to explain everything that's going on around you. Spending some time in this Latin paradise, and soon enough, you will use it in every conversation too. So when in doubt, just say “pura vida”..

as a traveler in Costa Rica , you will you simply get infectious with the “pura vida” way of life, which is enjoying life in a slow pace, enjoying everything this country has to offer.

Costa Rica is simply a paradise for nature lovers, animal lovers, surf dudes, romantic couples, and all young in heart. it's also a paradise for real estate entrepreneurs, so enjoy now, as pure as it can be..

general tips and information

Costa Rica is considered the most peaceful and political stable country among Latin America countries. It also has one of the lowest crime rates, so it's pretty safe for travel.

Did you know? Since 1948, Costa Rica is the biggest country in the world that has no army! Instead of spending money on the army, Costa Rica spends more on nature preservation. Smart huh?..

Now as for the roads in the country, that's a different story. Take that in mind if you're planning on renting a car, it's going to be a bumpy ride. It also means that even if your route is short, it's still going to take a long a time as you will drive slowly. If your sure want to rent a car, better take a 4x4 one.

One the advantages of Costa Rica is that its small, so even if the roads are not so good, my advice would be to stick with the bus system, you can also skip internal flights, especially if you're on a budget travel.

Costa Rica is a VERY touristic place, so please try to avoid all the obvious tourist traps. Dont jump on the offer you get on anything. My best advice would be is not to take any deals or tours that you can easily plan by yourself.

You will find great food in Costa Rica, but If you wanna go “local” or your just a backpacker looking for a cheap place to eat, look for “SODAS”-local restaurants and ask for a “casado”- cheap and yummy.

Money management is advised. 1 American dollar is about 500 Costa Rica colones, so youll have lots of different bills in your wallet. Make sure your pulling the right bill and that you are not getting confused- easy way to lose money.

Places you have to go to
San José
From all the capital cities I stayed in while traveling through Central America, I find San José to be the safest, most interesting and fun of all. It’s the only capital city I stayed in more than one night, enjoying my time there during the daytime as well as night time. san José has plenty to offer, Add to that san José's strategic location on the map, and you found yourself the perfect home base for your travel to Costa Rica.

Like I said it's pretty safe. At daytime, just beware of your pockets and bags. During the night, maybe it's best to take a taxi or walk around in big groups.

San José has great markets filled with everything including all the Costa rica souvenirs you need. There are also great shopping districts with modern shops, so it's best to do all of your shopping after all visited the places you wanted to go to in Costa Rica and you are in san José for the last time in your trip to Costa Rica before leaving the country.

One interesting aspect of the city is its night life. A must to anyone spending the night in san José, Is visiting its night life district: centro comercial el pueblo. Entering its gates, you're getting your self into some sort of experience..filed with bars, dance clubs coffee shops and Restaurants all spread close together in narrow streets, you'll surely find a way to have fun..

I stayed at "costa rica backpackers ( Address: Avenida 6, calle 21/23, San Jose, Costa Rica)" Although it has it share of shortcomings (it's not that clean, the rooms are not very nice), beside a quite large and well equipped kitchen, it has a wonderful tropical garden and swimming pool, that makes it worthwhile staying here. Especially on those hot and humid days, when you’re a bit far from the beach..

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