What do I need to bring to Costa Rica for my vacation? Well, Costa Rica is known by its beaches and beautiful nature, but a few people would expect to find places with very low temperatures and cold winds, so it is very important to come very well prepared depending on the season and the place that you will be visiting.
Something that calls my attention a lot as a tour guide is to see people who come to visit Corcovado National Park and wear open or sport shoes or even sandals in a place that by nature is home of powerful ants ant venomous snakes as well trees with spines that eventually fall to the ground, and even though we have no accidents I find it very smart to prevent.
When hiking in the forests of Costa Rica the best shoes are hiking shoes and if they are waterproof it would be way better. The gripping is also very important since Sometimes I see people sliding and therefore not being able to really enjoy the activity.
So, even though when you hear about to Costa Rica it comes into your mind to bring sunglasses and bathing suit it is also important, depending on the place you visit to take into account several things more that will make of your experience in Costa Rica something really enjoyable, for example during the wet season (this seasons can be variable depending on the place of Costa Rica you visit) it is very important to bring a poncho and a plastic bag or dry bag to the electronics in case that it rains.
In volcanoes, Cerro Chirripo, Monteverde, Cerro de la Muerte, for example, it is during some parts of the year and in some cases always very cold, so it is necessary to bring the right equipment to not freeze.
It is also very important that if you are doing sport fishing, diving, snorkelling or whale and dolphin watching to bring long sleeve shirts and something to cover your head.