Preparing for your trip to Costa Rica

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For a country famous for its beaches and forests, visitors often find the sheer number of environments surprising once they get to Costa Rica. You need to prepare for each of these environments so you can feel comfortable and ready to experience your next unforgettable travel moment. Using our experience residing in this country for many years, we’ve developed a list of the most important points you need to know about each area.

The Beaches

surf school

At our surf school, you’ll be doing all your learning on white sandy beaches. Costa Rica is just north of the equator and has very hot and humid days. A swimsuit is what most people wear. Dress very casual and don’t be afraid to dress light and casual. It’s normal for Ticos, so there’s no need to worry about offending anyone. Check out our packing tips for more information.

The only thing you should watch out for is the mosquitoes. Wear some mosquito repellent during your time on the beach. You can find it for sale practically everywhere during your stay.

San Jose and Central Valley

Captain Kimo / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

The capital of Costa Rica and the surrounding area are roughly 3,000-5,000 feet above sea level. If you venture into this area of the country, bring lots of sun protection. Wear a hat, rub cream over yourself, and dress in cool and airy clothing. From late May until November, you’ll need an umbrella as it’s rainy season.

During the ‘green season’ you can expect it to rain regularly in these areas. It rains almost constantly here due to the high elevation.

The Highlands

-stëve- / Nature Photos / CC BY-NC-ND

Monte Verde, Lake Arenal, and the Arenal Volcano are well-travelled parts of the country. Horseback rides, camping, and hiking are common here. If you’re taking a break from your family surf vacation, take a varied amount of clothing. The Highlands have temperatures ranging from scorching to cool and rainy.

To make it easier for you, take both your Central Valley and beach outfits along with you, as well as some sturdy hiking boots.


-stëve- / Water Photos / CC BY-NC-ND

Dress VERY light in the rainforests. It’s the most humid place in the country. You’ll get just as soaked as you would at our surf school here. Take a poncho with you to protect your clothing as much as possible. To prevent insect bites, wear repellent and long trousers.

Don’t wear anything scented as this will just attract everything to you. Wear a strong pair of walking boots and a hat to protect your head. It can feel uncomfortable with the high humidity, but Costa Rica’s rich ecological systems make trekking through the forests a must.

Buy Here?

We recommend you buy some basic clothing in Santa Teresa or Playa Hermosa. When you learn to surf in Costa Rica you’ll find lots of surf shops and independent dealers. Most of the stuff will be cheaper than back in your own country. Support the local economy and cut down on your travel costs by buying local during your vacation.

Plus, it gives you the chance to interact with some of the locals and try out your Spanish skills.

Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding your stay at the Shaka beach Retreat

Categories : Costa Rica Interest

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