Travel Insurance for Costa Rica: Do You Need It?

travel insurance for Costa Rica covers every eventuality

Lost you camera on the beach? Luckily, you bought travel insurance for Costa Rica!

No credits, no refunds, no substitutions.

That’s the standard line in travel – and one that, unfortunately, mostly applies to Costa Rica. As with airfare, event tickets, prepaid hotel reservations, and other travel-related expenses, most, if not all of your Costa Rica vacation reservations are non-refundable.

So, in a word – yes, you should absolutely purchase travel insurance for Costa Rica.

What Is Travel Insurance for Costa Rica?

Travel insurance, sometimes called trip insurance, is a simple-but-comprehensive insurance policy that provides financial protection before, during and after your vacation. (Note: Don’t confuse travel insurance with travel health insurance; they’re two very different things!)

Knock wood, but if something were to happen – illness, travel delays, inclement weather, etc. – to interrupt, disrupt, or influence your trip, your travel insurance covers your losses. Standard benefits extend to recouping trip expenses and covering medical emergencies, lost luggage, and other unexpected events.

So, why do we recommend travel insurance for Costa Rica trips? Well, back to that bit about nonrefundable prepayments…

Remember: Reservations are Prepaid

Most, perhaps all of your reservations – your Tamarindo vacation rental, activities, equipment rentals, airport transportation, rental car, etc. – will be fully prepaid, before you arrive.

And that means, if you miss your flight, or get sick, or fill-in-the-blank, you won’t receive refunds for missed reservations: unslept nights at your vacation rental, airport shuttles not caught, surfboards not surfed, ziplines not zipped – all those much-awaited activities and fun, missed due to snow that grounds your flight, or a last-minute bout of strep throat, or a missed connection at the airport.

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Tamarindo Day Trip: The Fascinating Rio Celeste & its Waterfall

Tamarindo day trip to Rio Celeste

Tamarindo day trip: Rio Celeste, one of the world’s most incredible sights!

Once upon an ancient time, a god decided to paint the sky. Blue, he said, as he picked up his brush – the sky shall be blue. And so, the god chose his paints and began to smear the sky in swaths of cerulean, sapphire and turquoise.

As he painted, the god reached down to Earth to clean his brush. And his brush touched a river. And thus, the river also turned blue – sky blue, as the hue would be known, after the god finished his work. The Celeste River, as the river would be known, one day.

Or so the story goes.

Of course, there’s a scientific explanation for Costa Rica’s Rio Celeste. One that has everything to do with volcanic minerals – with oxygen, aluminum, and silicon, suspended in water and refracting light.

But we prefer the more romantic explanation. It’s fitting for this special river, baby blue in hue and proof, if ever there were, of real-life alchemy – of the mundane becoming something magical. Because here, the water is really, truly blue. Scoop it up with your hands – blue. Immerse your arm – blue. The Rio Celeste is really, truly the blue of a sky-blue crayon. Of a god’s leftover sky paint.

If we are vague, let us be clear: Don’t miss this Tamarindo day trip. Just don’t!

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Big Five: More Costa Rican Animals You Can’t Wait to Spot

Costa Rican animals: the keel-billed toucan

The keel-billed toucan is one of our favorite Costa Rican animals!

A promise is a promise! In our first overview of Costa Rica’s Big Five, we came clean and admitted we couldn’t narrow it down to just five Costa Rican animals.

After all, Costa Rica is home to a whopping 6% of the world’s total biodiversity, in space as small as just 0.3% of the Earth’s surface. That’s packing it pretty tight, in ratio terms. Pretty tight under any terms, really. Because, did you know? Costa Rica is home to an estimated 500,000 species (including 1,251 species of butterflies alone!).

Admittedly, that would be a lot to see while you’re here. In fact, it may be a tad over-optimistic to hope you’ll see them all. So, in our continuing mission to help you narrow it down, may we present our next round of our Big Five: 5 more Costa Rican animals to put on your must-see list:

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14 Reasons You’d Hate to Vacation in Costa Rica

beach sunset in Costa Rica

Buckle up, buttercup. We have the cold, hard truth about that vacation in Costa Rica…

Planning a vacation in Costa Rica? We are so sorry. Pura vida, schmura vida. We’ve been in “paradise” long enough to know, Costa Rica’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Want some proof? We have it. Fourteen proofs, to be exact. That’s right – 14 reasons you’d hate to vacation in Costa Rica:

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Your Tamarindo Honeymoon: A Guide

Tamarindo honeymoon spot

You are here: On a Tamarindo honeymoon in paradise!

So, you’ve settled on a Tamarindo honeymoon – congratulations! Tamarindo is a wonderful choice for a honeymoon: both urban and relaxed, at once romantic and memorable, both secluded and packed with things to do, this is the perfect backdrop for making memories (and all those honeymoon photos, of course!).

In fact, Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s most popular towns, thanks to our mix of beautiful beaches and epic surfing, adrenaline-drenched adventures and great dining, luxury amenities and spectacular sunsets.

What’s more, we’re also perfectly located to many of the Costa Rican adventures on your bucket list: active volcanoes and powder-soft beaches, wildlife rescue centers and palm-lined coast, tropical forests and jungle waterfalls, couples’ massages and sunset sails. The things to see, do and experience on a Tamarindo honeymoon are nearly endless.

Go ahead, you can do a happy dance! This is exactly the brand of newlywed bliss you’ve been looking for. Did someone say #BestHoneymoonEver ?

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Before I Do: 8 Ideas for a Better Tamarindo Bachelorette Party

Tamarindo bachelorette party - go surfing

Can you imagine doing this… in your wedding dress? Welcome to a better Tamarindo bachelorette party!

Look, while we all love a good naughty-themed fête, you also want your bachelorette to be Insta-worthy. You want to make memories. Real memories, not just the don’t-show-Grandma kind. The good news: You can opt for a super-cool Tamarindo bachelorette party and have your phallic cake, too. #YOLO, ladies!

That’s right: The era of the alternative (read: better) bachelorette party has arrived and with it, some of the coolest, most memorable ideas for your bachelorette party in Costa Rica. (Psst, also be sure to check out our full Tamarindo wedding guide!) In the meantime, here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Have a Luxury Sleepover

Need an excuse (as if!) to watch chick flicks and eat ice cream? Look no further, because there’s no better way to bond with your girls, than with an old-school sleepover. But not just any sleepover, not in Costa Rica.

Instead of dragging out your pillows and sleeping bags like you did a decade ago, Tamarindo invites you to elevate your bachelorette sleepover right into the luxury zone. In addition to luxe linens and private bathrooms for all, when you rent a luxury Tamarindo vacation rental, you’ll have your pick of hot tubs and ocean views, private pools and big-screen TVs. In other words, the fulfillment of all your bachelorette dreams.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Happy Costa Rica Travelers

how to be a happy Costa Rica traveler

Want to be a happy Costa Rica traveler? Then be sure to plan at least one “special” something for your trip.

You’re surrounded by guidebooks. Your website bookmarks number into what seems like the kajillions. You have ideas, itineraries, and must-dos bouncing around inside your head. It’s all a little overwhelming and wholly exciting. But you’re wondering, have you forgotten anything?

More specifically, what’s the secret sauce to being absolutely happy, totally thrilled with your Costa Rican vacation? Well, there is no one secret. But, over the years, we’ve known thousands of happy Costa Rica travelers and, along the way, have noticed a few things they have in common:

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Not Your Average Trip: 7 Costa Rican Attractions You’re Not Planning on… But Should

Catarata del Toro Costa Rica

You are here: Catarata del Toro, one of our favorite Costa Rican attractions | By Steve Jurvetson [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

We off-the-beaten-path kind of travelers are kindred spirits: We feel an intense need to infuse our travels with at least a few unique sights, authentic experiences, and no-one-else-did-that check lists. That’s just how we roll. Luckily, when it comes to Costa Rican attractions, we’ve been there, done that – we’ve both traipsed the tourist trail and forged our own path, zig-zagging the entire country in the process.

Along the way, we’ve discovered more than a few awesome destinations. And, no matter how many times it happens, we’re always surprised when we’re the only (or almost-only) ones there. How can so few want to hike this trail, or swim under this waterfall, or boat this canal? It’s a conundrum, but one we’re glad to be on this side of.

Mind you, we’re not talking about best-kept secrets; we’re staying firmly on the beaten (albeit sometime dirt-road) path, but taking you to a few less-common Costa Rican attractions that have climbed onto our favorites list. We won’t pretend we’re the first ones to make these recommendations, but we will encourage you to go. Like, really. If you can fit all seven into your trip, do it! We promise – your resulting Costa Rica travel tales will be like nothing like the same old stories other travelers tell!

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9 Costa Rican Foods You Simply Must Try

these Costa Rican foods are delicious

Ceviche and patacones (fried plantains) are two of our favorite Costa Rican foods! | By Soytavin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re anything like us, food is a big part of your travels. You love to taste new things. You look forward to trying new dishes. You view your destination through the lens – or, at least a lens – of food. And so, you’re looking forward to trying traditional Costa Rican foods: rice and beans, exotic fruit, and all the tropical drinks you can stomach.

Yep. We feel the same! That’s why we’ve tasted, sampled, sipped and enjoyed hundreds of Costa Rican foods, fruits, and traditional dishes – every day, every meal since we first arrived. Now it’s your turn. Here’s where we suggest you start:

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Only in Costa Rica: 5 Incredibly Cool Things to See & Experience

Tenorio Volcano waterfall

Only in Costa Rica: Rio Celeste. And yes, it’s as beautiful as it looks!

Costa Rica is a special place where dynamics flip-flop: the reality is greater than the expectation, and photos always pale in comparison to your real-life experiences. Indeed, there are so many things we could dub “only in Costa Rica” experiences, and yet we’ve done our best to narrow it down to just a few. Five, to be exact. At least, for now.

And sure, “only” might be a bit of a stretch, as you can experience some of these things in other parts of the world. But we challenge you to find all of them in one place, especially in a place as tiny as Costa Rica. Because here, you really can fit your entire bucket list into one vacation.

You could, although we bet you won’t want to; you’ll prefer to come back. And back. And back! Costa Rica is just that kind of place. To whit:

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