Tips for Women Traveling Alone in Costa Rica

women traveling alone in Costa Rica

Women traveling alone in Costa Rica: go where you want, wear what you want, do what you want!

Will I be safe?  

This is the Big Question, right? And for good reason: Women traveling alone face some serious (and seriously frustrating) challenges in much of the world. But happily, the answer to whether you’ll be safe traveling alone in Costa Rica is mostly a good one: You’re as safe traveling here as you would be in almost any other destination. Hurray!

However, that’s not to say there are no safety concerns – there are. As with any other place in the world, you should take safety precautions. Opportunists exist. Petty theft exists. All the standard possibilities exist, and can be exacerbated by Costa Rica’s reputation as a major tourist destination (and its respective major tourism dollars).

All this to say, don’t stress. Millions of women have traveled to Costa Rica alone and have then gone home with nothing more than great memories. So, grab your flip-flops, your beach read, and your suitcase. It’s time to have some fun!

While you prepare, here are a few tips to prep you for visiting Costa Rica as a solo female traveler:

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A Guide to Costa Rica’s Active Volcanoes: They’re Dynamite!

Costa Rica Volcanoes

Of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, Arenal Volcano is the most photogenic

Costa Rica is home to an impressive 200+ volcanic formations, some dating to more than 65 million years. That said, only half show any signs of activity at all, and just a handful are classified as active volcanoes.

But first, a general overview: Costa Rica’s volcanoes speckle the country’s three volcanic ranges: the Guanacaste Volcanic Range (home to the Rincón de la Vieja, Orosi, Miravalles, Tenorio, and Arenal Volcanoes, among others); the Central Volcanic Range (comprised of the Poás, Barva, Irazú, and Turrialba Volcanoes, among others); and the Talamanca Volcanic Range (home to El Viejo Volcano).

But, back to active volcanoes. Of Costa Rica’s 200 volcanic formations, just seven are considered historically active: Rincón de la Vieja, Poás, Arenal, Irazú, Turrialba, and Tenorio, plus the not-so-active Miravalles, which emitted just a puff of steam way back in 1946. The things a volcano will do to be classified as active…

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Costa Rican Wildlife Watching: The “Big Five”

Howler monkeys are iconic Costa Rican wildlife

Costa Rican wildlife is so varied, it’s impossible to narrow it down to the top 5!

Hey Africa, you may have the Big Five of safari wildlife, but Costa Rican wildlife is pretty impressive, too! From gargantuan reptiles, to startlingly-hued amphibians, to smiling sloths, our “Big Five” will delight your mind and dazzle your camera lens.

Admittedly, it’s difficult to narrow down Costa Rica’s animal species to the Top 5. Impossible, really. So much so, that we’re going to wimp out and call this a Big Five. The country’s wildlife is simply too diverse to narrow it down to just five must-see species. So, we’ll start with these. But, we guarantee, we won’t be able to stop here. More amazing animals, to come!

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Destination Overview: Playa Flamingo Travel Guide

Playa Flamingo panorama

Our Playa Flamingo travel guide takes you to this convenient, yet secluded beach paradise

This mile-long, crescent-shaped strip of white-sand Playa Flamingo is the Costa Rica of postcards: shade-lined coast, pristine beaches, and turquoise water so clear, you can count the dots of the spotted rays that glide just beneath the ocean’s surface. Our Playa Flamingo travel guide lets you in on the secret.

Add in a convenient location (just an hour from the international airport), one of the country’s most important (and largest) marinas, record-breaking inshore and offshore sport fishing, an overflowing menu of water sports, lavish vacation rentals, and some truly spectacular scenery (with the wildlife to match), and it’s easy to see why Playa Flamingo is one of Costa Rica’s most popular “hidden” gems.

Playa Flamingo Overview:

Location: North-Pacific Costa Rica, aka The Gold Coast, about 15 miles (23 km) north of Tamarindo

Average Temperature: 75-96º F (23-36º C)

Landscape: Lots of tropical ocean, dry and wet forest, and desert-like landscapes (inland)

Closest Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) – about 65 minutes

Top Activities: Surfing, Catamaran Sailing, Snorkeling & Scuba Diving, Horseback Riding, Sports Fishing, Golf, and Swimming

Top Attractions: Beaches, Catalina Islands (scuba & snorkeling), Las Baulas National Marine Park

Great for: Couples & Honeymooners, Anglers, Families & Family Reunions, Destination Weddings, Nature Lovers

We Recommend: If you’ve ever dreamed of battling for an epic catch, you cannot miss out on Flamingo’s world-renowned and truly incredible sport fishing.

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9 Totally Random Things You Should Know Before Visiting Tamarindo

Costa Rica Pacific sunset

Things you should know before you visit Costa Rica: yes, it really is as beautiful as everyone says!

Planning a trip to Costa Rica and, specifically, Tamarindo? You’ve probably read the books. You’ve stalked a few Facebook groups. You’ve scoured the web. Still worried you’ve missed something? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few things you should know before you visit Costa Rica:

  1. Your Valid Passport May Not Be Valid

Bags are packed, think you’re ready to go? Not so fast! Your passport, while “valid,” may not be valid enough for Costa Rican Immigration. According to the Costa Rican Embassy, your passport must not expire for 6+ months after your date of entry. (Example: If you’re arriving on January 1, your passport must expire after July 1.) You may also be asked for proof of exit – for example, your return flight reservation.

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