Mention Costa Rica to a friend and their mind may quickly wander to lush green landscapes, exotic animals, and endless jungles. Costa Rica, a perfect destination for those who need a quick get away without the dreaded jetlag, is an affordable locale for families, singles, and couples. You can book a basic room with private bath at $20-50/day or stay at a more luxurious beachfront hotel from $80. You can eat at a restaurant for as little as $5-$20, and the U.S. dollar is accepted at most ATM’s around the country.
To get the inside city scoop, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with travel enthusiast Nate Chambers, marketing and EIC of Vagabonding Heights, to share his personal experiences in Costa Rica.
On spending money in Costa Rica
Overall, Costa Rica is relatively cheap. Feel free to splurge a little when selecting your accommodation. Contact the hotel directly for the best rates and/or special promotions that are typically not listed on their website or third party booking sites.
For a more unique visit, with the right combination of luxury and adventure, stay at the Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica’s most intimate rainforest experience.
Cash vs. Credit
Bring small denominations of cash for tipping. All other charges will
go directly to your room/credit card.
On must-do activities
- White water rafting along the Pacuare River
- Zip-lining and canyoning tours
- Hidden hikes to waterfalls
- River spas
Watch Nathan’s recommended activities