A Few Travel Tips for Costa Rica

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January 21st 2017
Published: June 24th 2017
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Spent our last night at La Quinta because we had an early flight to Costa Rica........6:30 which meant getting to the airport at 4:30! Used Pronto taxi service because we could a pickup in advance and our driver showed up early!

Travel tip- always try curbside check in
Got to the airport and tried our luck with curbside check in. We were able to check in there but did have to rearrange some of our items in our bags. Robert is never over on his checked bag until today. His bag weighed 57 and Laura's was 51. The curbside is much more generous with your bags being over a bit in our experience Took the big purple dry sack, first aid kit, peanut butter and horseradish out of Robert's. Put the purple dry sack into Laura's rolling medicine-scope bag and traded the nuts and power bars from Laura's bag for the peanut butter, horseradish and first aid kit. At that point the man told us we were good! Fortunately there were not many people around to have a laugh wit

Travel tip- Get your tickets early and use an affinity airline card
Looked at the tickets and thank you to our affinity card, we were TSA pre-checked and Group 1 boarding. We purchased our tickets in August and used our air miles to cover the cost of the flight except for taxes.

Travel tip - our experience with money in Costa Rica
Most of the tourist areas accept US dollars and the use of credit cards and there are ATM machines. However, once you are outside of the major tourist areas, things can change. Most places we have traveled have taken US dollars and given change in colones but no credit cards or ATM machines so this should be taken into account when planning your trip. Keeping a supply of colones is wise if you are going to use a taxi because can use the "I don't have change" if you hand them a large US bill.
Our first leg of the trip this time was to Tortuguero where there is no ATM machine but they did take US dollars but your exchange rate was lower.

more tips as we go in the stories...............


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