Hello!! I am planning a trip to Costa Rica in March to do some volunteering w/ sea turtle conservation!! Well...I would be flying out to San Jose alone, but meeting up w/ a volunteer group to do work and research and of course, sightseeing. I would only be gone one week, but have never traveled to another country alone. I am not overly worried about safety, I hear Costa Rica is a safe and beauiful country, but still slightly nervous to go it alone!! Any other females out there with the same concern? I realize that even traveling alone in the US could have some concerns as we live in an unsafe world these days, but I am not willing to give up my desire to travel due to not having a traveling companion!
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I havent been to Costa Rica, but since it is under US governing, then I would expect it to be at the same level of women traveller friendly as the US is.
Hopefully somebody with first hand expience of travelling in Costa Rica as a female traveller will post here. :)
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I went to Costa Rica August of this year. I went backpacking there alone. I even ride the tica bus going to Nicaragua ALONE haha. I also walked around San Jose at 10 pm looking for mcdonalds haha.
You don't have to worry that much. CR is generally safe, but of course don't just let your guard down. you'll have fun :) Just be smart, don't make it look like you don't know where ur going.
When I wet to CR I got lost so many times lolz I can be really stupid at times, but a lot of people help me out. From my experience, the locals are really really friendly to me. :)
Let me know if you have questions...
ps: this is my personal blog I will post some costa rica pictures there pretty soon. I got back to the US august 28 and I still haven't done any major costa rican blogging lol.
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its not scary- i lived there for a year. just don't accept free rides inside SJ, take taxis at night, and when you ride the chicken bus don't put your purse of camera case out of sight. Considering Ticos have been overwhelmed with tourists, they are still relally helpful, especially if you are alone and female ( thats what ive found), I was given a seat on my 6 hour ride to tenorio national park since i'd been standing and everyone knew the silly backpacker wasnt used to standing in the aisles that long. you'll be fine! Reply to this
Oh thank you!! Ive traveled abroad before, just never alone. Can never be too cautious, ya know?? Im afraid Im a little too gullible sometimes!! I have heard some great things about Costa Rica! I am going there to sightsee and volunteer w/ sea turtle conservation!! I am super excited =) Reply to this
Oh hey if you go to San Jose stay in Gaudy's hostel or Tranquillo bakcpackers.. I love gaudy's!! it's just a nice hostel plus the people that works there are nice. I forgot their names tho :( the guy that works at night is really nice. You can walk to the market and buy stuff also. it's really close.
If you want a bunch of people tho stay at tranquillo. I stayed there my last few days in cr and had fun. the staffs tho are not as nice compared to the gaudy's people. (not that they're bad) But yeah, they play music at tranquillo like all day. super cool and then you can walk all the way to downtown sj. There's also a very interesting scene at night by downtown sj ..the transvestites and the prostitutes lol. it's pretty interesting. Some people think san jose the main city is dangerous but i'm quite crazy..I actually walked there past 9 pm alone lol. and I actually liked it.. umm
okay this is it for now. i talk to much lol
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Im afraid Im a little too gullible sometimes!!
Well, always listen to your intuitition while travelling, rather than brushing feelings of doubt off. Women have intuition for a reason. :) Reply to this
Hi.. I am planning to go in February with another female friend of mine. These remarks were very helpful.
Bailey337 when you return from your trip, do post in your experience. I would love to know how it went for you :) Reply to this
Hello! Yes of course, I will be blogging all about it! Reply to this
And there are also already lots of blogs by female lone travellers here on TravelBlog. :) Reply to this
I am super super excited!! I am already looking at trips for later on in the year to go to Peru or perhaps Amsterdam!! (If I can afford it, that is!) I have less than 2 months til my Costa Rica trip, its going to be wonderful! And I am combining some volunteer work w/ it as well, I cant believe it!! =) Reply to this