Costa Rican Vacations (CRV), a travel agency specializing in personalized, boutique vacations to Costa Rica since 1999, polled its expert vacation planners to create a list of helpful tips for travel to Costa Rica:
#1 -- Capital city flights can be an advantage. Flights to San Jose can often be cheaper than Liberia -- the popular Guanacaste beach locale. Costa Rica's capital is the most connected locale in the country, making it easy to connect via domestic flights to all major destinations. San Jose is also a great jumping off point for the most visited site in the country – the Arenal Volcano. Most importantly if you do see a well-priced airfare - jump on it right away as they don't usually last long.
#2 -- Go off the beaten path. Costa Rica is one of the safest destinations in Central America. Veer off touristy locales. Authenticity abounds in places like Drake Bay, Orosi Valley and Tortuguero.
#3 -- Dust Off your Spanish. Interact with locals! Costa Ricans, affectionately known as “Ticos,” are the warmest, friendliest people on earth! CNN.com labeled this humble country the “happiest place on earth” for a reason. Learn a few words in Spanish and you just may forge valuable relationships.
#4 -- Visit no less than two locations. Costa Rica has much to offer – beach, volcanoes, wildlife and more. Don't limit your first-time visit to just one region! It is easy to fit in two different, but equally exciting destinations while on a trip to Costa Rica!
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