The countdown is on! This time next #FelizFriday I'll be back in Pura Vidadise, chasing sunsets and dancing with warm waves. I'm sorry, but not really...because you should totally come to Costa Rica too! So now that we've got that settled and you're buying your plane ticket tonight, all you need to do is pack + I'll see ya in Costa Rica oh-so-soon!
"But wait just a minute Kristen, what should I pack for my Costa Rica vacation?"...
Lucky you, because after living in Costa Rica for six years and going back + forth several times a year, I've got this "what to really pack for Costa Rica thing down."
What to pack for your Costa Rica vacation!
Rain jacket Especially if you're headed up to the volcanoes and cloud forest and always recommended during rainy season!
Moisture wicking long (yoga) pants and long sleeve shirt Great not only for the plane, but also for visiting the volcanoes and if the AC in your hotel room is too cold!
Natural bug spray Overall, the mosquitosin Tamarindo are not bad at all, but better to keep those annoying bugs away. I use Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent.
Reef safe sunscreen This is a MUST! Sunscreen in Costa Rica is expensive - - 2-3x the price! For your face, I highly recommend Shade. It’s the only SPF I will put on my face when I surf. It’s all mineral, reef safe, oil free, fragrance free, high water resistance, no migration (not going to get in your eyes!), and chemical UV filter free.
HydroFlask water bottle Avoid spending way too much on water at the airport and bring a reusable water bottle. I LOVE my HydroFlask - - it keeps cold water COLD for hours and is perfect to stay refreshed in hot Costa Rica.
Running Shoes / Closed Toe Shoes For hiking, ziplining, and ATV tours.
Bikini / board shorts that stays on during your surf lesson AND a rash guard I’ve tested pretty much every bikini and rashguard out there for surfing and my top choices are MI OLA, Dkoko, and Seea. If you really want to protect your skin, grab a pair of cute surf leggings as well!
Beach hat and sunglasses Costa Rica is located 10 degrees north of the Equator = the sun rays are intense!