Costa Rica Trip Advice from Experienced Travelers

Trip Planning, from Initial Research through Booking

Costa Rica is a popular travel destination, and for good reasons: We have powder-soft beaches and lush rainforests, friendly people and whitewater rivers. We have year-round sun and endangered animals (lots of ‘em!), roaring waterfalls and ethereal cloud forests.

But, do you know about all the other stuff – the where, the when, and the how? No? Well, that’s where we come in: Costa Rica TripKit is here to inspire you. We’re here to help you. And we’re here to make your trip planning fun. And easy. Did we mention easy?

We have all the important stuff to help you plan, including Costa Rica travel guides to destinations, activities, and hotels. And to stick to our promise of easy, we even have the hook-up for (totally free!) pro travel planning, as well as Costa Rica itineraries for independent travelers.

Popular Travel Destinations

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Manuel Antonio Travel Guide

By Cynthia Adams | Mar 28, 2017

There’s a reason Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s hottest destinations: It’s paradise. This Manuel Antonio travel guide will show you why. Dramatic cliffs rise to breezy bluffs and sweeping views of white sand beaches. As we said – paradise!

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Monteverde Travel Guide

By Cynthia Adams | Mar 27, 2017

At the very end of a meandering dirt road, sits the hilltop town of Monteverde, a cloud forest enclave with an alpine feel. Founded by Quakers in the 1950s, what was once mountaintop pastureland is today a paradise of nature reserves, coffee and cheese production, wildlife (and lots of it!), and emerald-colored everything.

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Tamarindo Travel Guide

By Leona Abrahao | Mar 27, 2017

This Gold Coast mini-metropolis is all about great surf, sand, food and nightlife. And while that makes Tamarindo a hotspot for surfers, partiers and bohemians, it doesn’t make bonafide adults shy away, either.

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Get a Customized Trip Plan

Planning a dream vacation is no easy task. Beyond the normal considerations (transportation, hotels, and tours/activities), there are a lot of stumbling blocks: The language barrier. Tight scheduling. In-country baggage allowances. And that’s just the tip of the potential uh-oh iceberg.

If you’re looking for one of those big, red EASY buttons, here it is: A direct line to a Costa Rica travel planner. A 100% customized Costa Rica trip plan. With no obligation, and at no cost to you.

Free Travel Itineraries

Hey, independent vacationer! Yes, you – the one who loves to research every detail and read a hundred hotel reviews before you book. We get you. We are you.

We’ve put together three detailed Costa Rica trip itineraries, designed for travelers just like us. These itins are detailed, they’re awesome, and they’re designed by Costa Rica travel pros who know what they’re doing. And did we mention, they’re totally free?

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From the Blog

Surfing Ollies Point

Best Surf Spots on Pacific North Coast of Costa Rica

By Staff Writer | Jul 19, 2017

Ollie’s Point / Potrero Grande Officially called Potrero Grande, but known locally as Ollie’s Point, this famous surf spot first popped onto the map when it was featured in the surf documentary Endless Summer II. But Ollie’s Point has a lot more going for it, than a mere mention in one the surfing world’s most …

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Getting Around Costa Rica – Fly, Bus, Shuttle or Rental Car

By Erin Raub | Mar 21, 2017

When it comes to getting around Costa Rica, you have questions: How can you travel? Or rather, how should you travel? What’s the fastest, or the cheapest, or the easiest method of travel? Is there anyone one “best” way to navigate Costa Rica? The short answer: No. It all depends on your travel style, your …

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Do You Need a Costa Rica Travel Agent? 5 Pros and 2 Cons

By Erin Raub | Mar 10, 2017

I often get the question, “Do people really use travel agents anymore?” While I can’t answer for the world at large, I can answer for Costa Rica: Yes! A million times, yes. Because of that other subset of travelers? They’re the ones who tell me, “We planned through a Costa Rica travel agent, and they …

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