When visitors, especially the young generation, are starting to get bored with trips with their parents, solo trips are becoming more familiar among travelers who want to have adventurous experiences. Solo trips are trips you do alone.

This will allow you to do anything, from choosing the place you stay to the dishes you wanna try without any personal opinions. And Costa Rica – a country in Central America is the ideal place for anyone who is starting their first solo journey.

In Costa Rica, you will be surprised by the rugged rainforests and magnificent waterfalls. And these are some traveling tips to make your solo trip to Costa Rica become worth your life. 

La Fortuna Waterfall, Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Photo by Etienne Delorieux, Unsplash
La Fortuna Waterfall, Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Photo by Etienne Delorieux, Unsplash

Costa Rica is a country of fun and magnificent scenery. There are so many great things and activities for you to take part in. However, you may get confused and can’t choose the right places for you. So these are some places that you can try in Costa Rica                                                                                                               

The Jungle of La Fortuna

La Fortuna now has become one of the most famous destinations where visitors go when they travel in Costa Rica. This jungle provides travelers with so much to see, from a wide variety of waterfalls, and volcanoes to lakes and hot springs.

You can do lots of things here, so getting bored is nearly impossible. You can try a day at the La Fortuna waterfall, check out some sloths or try the ziplining service across a tropical forest. Or if you are an adventurous one, you can try rafting on the waterfall. In addition, remember to try some delicious dishes here.

The Caribbean Coast of Limón

Located on the Caribbean eastern coast of the country, Limón was probably travelers’ favorite experience during their solo trips in Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo beach is one of the safest beach destinations in Limón.

There are always guards here that can help you in any situation. Moreover, this town will remind you a lot of Jamaica because this is the home of many immigrants from the Caribbean nations a long time ago. Limón has such a rich and blended Latin and Caribbean culture.

So it will be something that you can always experience. And here, you can easily make friends with warm people you meet during your trip. 

Volcan Irazu National Park, Cartago Province, Costa Rica. Photo by Alex Ip, Unsplash
Volcan Irazu National Park, Cartago Province, Costa Rica. Photo by Alex Ip, Unsplash

Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula does not receive as much attention as the other more popular cities in Costa Rica. However, it is a great town to go to if you appreciate more of a small town feel. Here, you can genuinely interact with the native Costa Rica culture.

There is a small town called Puerto Jiménez where the locals always welcome expatriates from all over the world. And it only takes you 20 minutes to walk across to Puerto Jiménez. Moreover, there is also a wonderful place that goes by the name of Drake Bay.

This is a safe place for solo travelers in Costa Rica that tourists are gonna love to explore when they get some time in their hands. In order to get to Osa Peninsula, you will have to take an 8-hour ride. So make sure that all your devices are fully charged and bring lots of snacks with you.

The Capital City of San José

Last but not least, San José – the capital of the rich coast is the final place you want to come to in Costa Rica. However, you shouldn’t expect too high in this city because there are not many things to do in this city other than restaurants and shopping.

It’s the main airport of the country where most travelers from other countries will fly into. As a solo traveler, it’s good to have your hotel room booked when arriving in San José. Stray Cat Hostel is the great one because it only takes you a 7-minute walk from Stray Cat Hostel to San José bus station.

So if you have to get a bus ride early the next day, it’s the perfect place. And if you want a place to visit near San José, you can try Tamarindo. It’s the largest developed beach city in Costa Rica. Here, you can try surfing and eco-tourism. This will be a great way for you to relieve the stress and have some fun.

And it’s really near San José. It only takes you about an hour to fly from San José to Tamarindo. And you can try all the best services in a private jet. 

Frog in Costa Rica. Photo by Zdenek Machacek, Unsplash
Frog in Costa Rica. Photo by Zdenek Machacek, Unsplash

Safety Concerns in Costa Rica

When traveling to a new country, there are lots of things about safety that you need to be aware of. You must always be sure to stay safe when going anywhere alone, especially when you leave your hometown. Costa Rica is a very safe country for foreign travelers but that doesn’t mean you can let your guard down.

Never walk alone at night, especially in certain areas in San José. Because with all the valuable things you bring with you, you can be an easy target for any thief. Moreover, don’t go to travel destinations at night time. But if you do, you must keep your host updated about your place and when you come back.

They can be your lifesaver during your solo trips here. And knowing some basic Spanish phrases can make you more comfortable and easier on your trip in case you need any help. Finally, choose a prestigious accommodation. Hostels with many other solo travelers are recommended as not all areas are safe, especially at night.

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