It’s no secret that my time in Costa Rica was bittersweet.
However, during this time of a global pandemic, I can’t help but peruse through all my old travel photography and yearn for the days I can fly away again.
I think of my time there fondly because it was the first country I traveled to solo and it taught me MANY lessons.
However, I learned many of those lessons because I experienced a lot of crappy circumstances while there.
The long and short of it, Costa Rica is relatively safe but definitely beware of petty crime, such as pick-pocketing or even robbery in towns such as Uvita.
It’s also a rather expensive country. Almost as expensive as the US!
If you’d asked me a year ago, I’d say I’d never return. But now I think that may change and if I do return, I’ll visit the Caribbean side, rather than the Pacific, as I did.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.
When planning my itinerary, I was so focused on getting “off the beaten path” that I didn’t stop to think that sometimes the beaten path is that way, because it’s actually just better.
If you’re considering traveling to Costa Rica, I highly recommend sticking to the Caribbean side with a sojourn to Manuel Antonio—my favorite part of my time there.
Also, make sure to read my article covering my Costa Rica Travel Tips & What to Know Before You Go. If you read these tips, you’re much more likely to have a better time than I did!
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