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COSTA RICA EXTENDED FAQ

Your questions answered for our Costa Rica EXTENDED trip

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What type of weather should I expect?

Average temperature in Manuel Antonio is 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 75-80 degrees at night.  Your hotel will have air conditioning. Please expect showers and thunderstorms that pass through the tropical forest on most days.

Mid-November to Mid-April is considered summer or dry season. Expect more people and better weather.  The sun is intense so please cover up.  Please use eco-friendly non-aerosol sunscreens.  Chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate damage reefs and are outlawed in places like Hawaii, so please do not bring them.

May - October is considered winter or “green season”.  Expect fewer people and more rain. The rainiest months at the beach in Costa Rica are September and October. We run fewer trips during this time, but if you have a positive attitude most activities are fun in the rain. Occasionally, activities like surfing or hikes can get canceled if conditions are dangerous.

The average temperature in Arenal is 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 65-75 at night. 

What kind of food can I expect in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is home to some of the best tropical fruit in the world! You don't want to miss trying a mango, pineapple, papaya, guanabana, or a lychee. They taste very different from your local grocery store in the United States - trust us.

Costa Rica is also famous for its delicious, fresh seafood! And their traditional dish, gallo pinto. The daily diet is primarily based on wholesome ingredients like rice and beans, meats, vegetables, and fruit.

What is the physical activity level of this trip?

Moderate. Some travelers will find the hills on the hikes challenging, while more athletic people will not find them particularly difficult.

Weather conditions like heat, humidity, and rain can change trail conditions and the intensity of the activity. If you work at a desk all day, expect to do a lot more physical activity than normal.

Our Trip Leaders are great at challenging you while keeping you safe and waiting for hikers who like to take their time.

What type of wildlife can I see in Costa Rica?

We can’t guarantee wildlife sightings, but the most commonly seen wildlife are White Face Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, Sloths, Scarlett Macaws, Iguanas, and Toucans.

I’m arriving a few days before the trip starts, any recommendations?

Activities near San Jose we recommend are La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Doka Estate Coffee Tour in Alajuela. If you have more than one day we recommend visiting the Poas or Irazu Volcanoes.

"Alajuela Backpackers" is our favorite budget hostel close to the airport. The most convenient places to stay are the Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, or Courtyard by Marriot, although we recommend staying at locally owned places whenever possible. If you want to stay in the San Jose city center, 30-60 minutes from the airport, check out Hostel Casa del Parque. It’s near the Barrio Escalante/La California neighborhoods, which are known for their nightlife.

Selina’s Hostels offer good vibes throughout the country and have hip co-working spaces in case you need to get a little work done.

Do I need to worry about a visa?

When traveling with a passport, citizens of the United States, Canada, most Latin American and European countries are entitled to stay in Costa Rica for 90 days.

They must enter the country with a departure ticket and a valid passport that does not expire within 30 days of their arrival in Costa Rica.

To find specific visa requirements or restrictions for your home country, visit the Costa Rican embassy page.

What activities are optional? And how much do they cost?

We’ve included many activities in the price of the trip giving you plenty to do. However, we pride ourselves in helping you make the trip perfect for you. Therefore we’ve sought out the best activities and vendors to help you have the experience you want.  

And don’t worry, your trip leader can help set up any of the following optional activities for you so you can sit back and enjoy your trip.

-White Water Rafting: $99 (less than 10 people) or $89 (more than 10 people)
-Zip-lining: $81
-Kayaking: $55
-Horseback riding $45
-Hot Springs: $8 
-La Fortuna Waterfall: $16
-Pedal Board: $65
-Quepos Canyoning: $85 per person
-Surf Lessons: $60 per person
-Salsa Lessons: $10 per person (cash only)
-Secret Waterfall: $7 or 18 per person (depending on the waterfall)
-Yoga: $15 per person (cash)

Are the outlets compatible with American plugs, or should we bring adapters?

Costa Rica uses 110 volts, 60 cycle electricity, just like the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.

Is laundry available?

Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

What is the bug situation?

We are staying in the jungle so expect to see lizards, frogs, or bugs. Costa Ricans prefer not to kill insects as they understand we are a visitor in their environment.

Long sleeves and pants are a good idea at dusk to protect from mosquitos. Please opt for eco-friendly, non-aerosol insect repellents.

Is the water safe to drink?

The local authorities state that the drinking water in Costa Rica is perfectly potable. Your Trip Leader will let you know if it is better to drink bottled water in certain areas.

We encourage our travelers to travel sustainably. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

What type of luggage is best?

We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on our transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Have a question that's not on this list?

Feel free to reach out to our all-star customer service team at info@under30experiences.com or by calling 1 (888) 839-2086.

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