Traveling to a foreign country for the first time can seem like an incredible leap of faith into the unknown. Fortunately Costa Rica is an easy place to visit, and if you’ve never been outside of the states or Canada, Costa Rica is a great destination for beginner travelers. Here are the 8 reasons why Costa Rica is a great destination for beginner travelers.

1. Outlets

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-8-29-34-amOutlets in Costa Rica are American style, so no need to buy expensive and confusing adapters. Just plug in your electronics like you do at home!

2. U.S. Dollars


screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-8-30-45-amU.S. Dollars are widely accepted in Costa Rica. You could pay with dollars for the entirety of your vacation if you wanted to.

3. No shots

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-8-33-10-amCosta Rica doesn’t require any shots like some other countries require when visiting. Good for those of us who aren’t fans of needles!

4. No visa requirements

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-6-24-14-pmThere’s no costly visa to enjoy Costa Rica. Just a valid passport.

5. English

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 1.04.28 PMAlmost everyone here in Costa Rica speaks English. It’s rare to find Costa Ricans who work in the tourism industry that don’t have a high level of English fluency.

6. Same time zone

screen-shot-2016-11-08-at-8-35-48-amNo need to worry about getting jet lag during your vacation to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is in the Central Standard time zone. Keep in mind that Costa Rica does not observe daylight savings time.

7. You can drink the water

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 10.09.00 AMThis makes vacationing here a breeze. The tap water will not make you sick.

8. No layover in a foreign country

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-8-22-21-amThere are so many direct flights now from the United States and Canada (even Paris, France!) that you won’t have to stop for a layover in a foreign country.

If you have more ideas on how Costa Rica is great for the beginner traveler add them below and make sure to check out our Tourist Information and Resources page for more tips.

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