What to do and not to do when swimming or backpacking around Costa Rica

DO visit Costa Rica …

From beaches, waterfalls and volcanoes, to monkeys, great coffee and authentically nice people, this colorful little country, in the 2nd world, boasts plenty of reasons to visit them. You can backpack it on a budget or never leave your 5-star resorts. As for the beaches, if you want to welcome you, then you can enjoy the Playa Coo. The masses and drug dealers didn't win you unless you went looking for them. I prefer small community beach towns like Playa Samara, Santa Teresa and Montezuma (Monte & # 39; fuma & # 39;) on the Pacific Coast, or Puerto Viejo (my favorite) on the Caribbean coast. When you visit a volcano, don't forget your preferred weather-resistant jacket. It'll probably be wasted backpacking space, like when I went to an arsenal volcano. The Foas volcano enveloped me all day in the middle of summer. Bring a camera to Poas. His view is surreal. When you're in La Fortuna, pay the $ 15 extra and go to the natural hot springs at Tabacone, instead of the man-made people at Baldi.

Don't stay in San Jose for more than a few days …

It's the capital, it has the feel of Los Angeles downtown, and besides getting organized on a California night in Rio or visiting a museum and seeing old churches, there's too much else! Of course, if you're the guy who has a lot of money and wants to take advantage of Costa Rica's prostitutes, then it's up to you. I, personally, try to stay out of Gringo Golz & # 39; as they call it. But it is here, in San Jose, not far from Yana Town. Don't get lost at night anywhere in San Jose. Take the wrong turn, and jump on sleeping bells huddled on the distressed ground, smelling the sweet, refreshing urine coating on the concrete walls. And there may be a high risk factor on and off.

Don't get lost every day (during the day) …

Get lost completely, soak up a sense of uncertainty. Wear comfortable shoes or sandals. Go a lot. Whether it's a long trek home because the buses have stopped and you can't afford a taxi, or a trip to the next bus stop, you'll be glad you have good shoes. I went over a pair of cheap sandals in a few weeks.

DON & # 39; I don't think you'll make a living teaching English. You can get by, but hardly.

Use public transport …

Missed the bus? who cares? They arrive every fifteen minutes. Just make sure you're moving forward. If you get on the wrong bus and understand it immediately, don't expect a refund. As soon as you cross the marker positions at the entrance, you are counted and if you turn around immediately, it comes out of the driver's pocket (bus driver). Say "Gracias" when you leave your station. Most ticos do, and the voter appreciates it. The buses cost the American equality of 15 to 50 cents for the most expensive intercity buses. Cross-country trips sometimes cost up to $ 12. But it pays off for a cross country trip of 6 hours or more. It's a great value.

DON & # 39; I'm not afraid of public transport …

You are flying on a thin two-way road, fluttered by motorcyclists to the right and somehow not colliding head-on with the opposite cars. Everyone on the bus, sitting or standing, closing something, otherwise they fall. The voter's left hand navigates to the right and to the right diverts coins while counting money constantly; Or to give you a change or assign the coin to its correct slot. I don't know how he ever shifts gears. Or how he is so good.

Do you have patience …

Buses fall apart, water stops running, the shower doesn't get hot, let alone hot. You turn on the light at night and you see a cat running across your room. Combining minimal ants with the sugar granules, Wi-Fi seems to be not working, and excitement is waking up without new mosquito bites. Sleep in an impossible place because of the heat and humidity. Or maybe it's because the roosters have been going through it since 2am and still continue throughout the day. It always removes the dogs, and as soon as one starts barking, everyone goes. Every home has at least one dog. The nearby parrot speaks in Spanish and the crazy bird outside sounds like a woman screaming. Luckily for me, I live out of range of the overly distorted propaganda truck that is created using two, top-of-the-box 4×12 loudspeaker cabinets. You own earplugs, and make sure you have a good book. that's it.

Don't stay in hotels …

Stay in hostels. Costa Rica is not as cheap as say, Nicaragua or Panama, but if you are traveling on a budget, the maximum you have to pay for one night is $ 14. Brought lock to lockers. And don't try to book a book in advance. Get there during the day and browse. This adds a great element to travel or backpacking. In fact, if you are a Type A traveler, go ahead and book in advance. Just know that the gems are not always on the net.

Make local friends …

Costa Ricans pass by Ticus and Ticas. Try to learn their language, even the lingo. They have clear words here like & # 39; mae & # 39;, pronounced, & # 39; Mine & # 39; which is basically the US equivalent of & # 39; My brother & # 39; Or & # 39; Man & # 39 ;. Even tikas call each other Mae. Or compa or just, pa, that's a detail of & # 39; compadre & # 39;. They may laugh at you when you try to talk like them or you may be honored. Either way, if you're there long enough, you'll naturally use it after a few weeks anyway.

Don't eat in restaurants …

You have to shed every now and then, but most often, if you're traveling on a budget like me, you have to buy your groceries equal to your weekly & # 39; la feria & # 39; ; On Saturdays or just eat sodas every day. Carbonated beverages are small family-owned eaters found throughout the cities. Each has their own unique name, or just keep it simple and say & # 39; Soda & # 39; Or & # 39; comida typica & # 39 ;. They serve Gallo Pinto, which is rice and beans with a side of salad, fresh fruit, and your choice of meat. It's delicate, comes with a drink, and costs about $ 5.

No matter if you come to the festivities and nightlife or daytime tours and attractions. Costa Rica is the tourist hotspot of Central America for some reason. Someone will love it.

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