Top 9 DON’TS YOU NEED TO KNOW In Costa Rica

Top 9 DON’TS YOU NEED TO KNOW In Costa Rica

October 19, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


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[Applause] we just got back from an amazing trip in
Costa Rica and we’re gonna talk to you about the don’ts because there’s a lot
of things that we didn’t know that we wish we did know we’re here to look out
for you right so we’re gonna be some lessons we’re gonna be nine of them the
first one is do not leave your bags and suitcases open on the floor oh you
probably have read about that we did too but we got there and you kind of get
settled and then a few days goes by and you’re like meh forget about it
we did leave our bags in suitcases open and then Marco went to do the laundry
and what dropped out of the dryer Oh a scorpion so we think that he was in the
laundry he was still alive when he fell out right by my bare foot I looked down and I was
like holy smokes and then then he flipped over and died and I scooped him
up and threw him outside well maybe he didn’t die yeah did you leave your
suitcases closed because spiders scorpions whatever can get in I swear to
god it was probably in our laundry or suitcase and we washed him and dried him
number eight don’t eat at the chain restaurants you’re in a Central American
country go to the sodas they think they taste so much better the food is great
and it’s inexpensive they’re off the beaten path a lot of them and that’s
where the locals eat yeah and if you can’t find one just ask one of the locals they are
so friendly there yeah you don’t have to speak the language either you kind of
figure it out it’s a cultural experience as well and it’s food that you likely
wouldn’t cook at home so really good I think
good tip really good another one is don’t go off to the marked paths or trails
there’s a couple of reasons one is the environmental they’re trying
to keep everything to the trail as you have too many people going all over the
place that wrecks the trails over time but the other I don’t know more
important one to me is you may step on like a snake or a spider something like
that we got to one of the trails and there was a sleeping snake in a tree
that we were shown but he was off the trail
and you know had he been on the trail and you probably wouldn’t see it so we
never know so they’re not usually like on the pathways so it’s better to like
just stick to those and that snake thaw we saw was one of the most deadliest snakes in the world
they told us they said two hours after a bite you would be long gone but they
tend to sleep they’re nocturnal I guess the snakes are so if you just
stay on the path they won’t bother you number six yeah number six make sure you
pay in local currency so pay in that’s the colones you can pay in US dollars
there as well but what happens is you won’t get a favorable exchange rate when
you pay in US dollars they’ll say oh one clone is two US dollars you actually
look it up on the exchange rate it’s usually like 1.6 US dollars not 2 US
dollars for one clone so you’re losing about twenty percent there so what you
do is you go to a bank if you don’t have any clones there and wait and get the
clones currency or bring some with you is what we did and in some
places you have to pay in u.s. dollars that’s all they take so in that case
that’s all you gotta pay what yeah I think we got ripped off a couple of
times I’m sure number five number travelers always get ripped off number five
don’t stay in one spot so we went to three places we went to Arenal
rainforest we went to the cloud forest in Monteverde
and then we went to the beach for the last week and we did go on a two-week
trip but some people go and they stay in like one area but Costa Rica has a
really varied terrain so it’s really worth it to check out more than one
place like it was awesome and it almost felt like at the end that we were
there longer because we were on the move and seeing different things that’s like
kind of two holidays and you went to different countries almost yeah so different highly
recommended yeah number four don’t go to Tamarindo during spring break at least
if you’re not a college student yeah we’re not college students or you want to have
a little open space not a good time to go if you like the busyness and not
being able to park and really take corners and about a thousand people on
the beach then it’s a good time to go but when we got there on Friday night and by
Sunday were all gone they all flew back and it was like peaceful it was like
there was probably maybe 20 people on the beach every day so we had the beach
to ourselves and the whole town ourselves really it was great so if you
want to go around that time just go right after Spring Break unless you’re partier
which we used to be we’re not anymore don’t use Apple Maps does not work there
and don’t use Google Maps because it is not great it kept like we took forever
to get to places we kept going on the wrong roads we were going on like they
have highways but the ones we were like we’re like dirt roads well if you missed
the turn with Google Maps yeah it doesn’t correct properly it takes you miles
away and then we had one time where it just kept taking this in the opposite
direction like this can’t be right I think yeah took us like seven hours from
the airport and I think we’ve probably added on like two hours so apparently
the locals use Waze there we have here so just download that yeah and we
found that out from somebody that lives there good to know I wish we would have
known that in advance but we know it now so now we’re
telling you number two don’t expect Costa Rica to be inexpensive it used
to be years ago from what I hear but it’s similar going into some place like
Hawaii everything is quite expensive they’re not quite expensive but it’s
normal North American pricing or like rental of an air BBB the same as rate if
you go to another place groceries were a bit more expensive gasoline was way more
expensive than here and then the car rental don’t expect that to be
inexpensive you’ll look online and you may get this
wonderful deal but we thought but we got like $450 for two weeks for a seven
passenger SUV and we thought wow that’s a great deal but the Costa Rican
government has implemented a law where they have to force you to get
third-party liability insurance and you cannot get that from any insurance in
North America that we found you also have to bring papers with you proving
what you have or they’ll charge you for other stuff as well okay
the best one the best don’t? number one best don’t the best don’t absolutely do not
forget to see the amazing sunrises oh yeah you have to get up at like 5:00
5:30 AM which is super early especially on a holiday I think it took us several
days to be able to do that we wish we would have done it every day but they’re
so beautiful and I like that better than the sunsets the sunsets are amazing as
well but there is hardly anybody especially on the beach and all the
surfers are coming out you see them all walking to catch the waves of like 5:30
a.m. so do not forget to miss that highly
recommend setting one alarms letting to setting
your phone’s setting everything and just make yourself get up and do it because
it so worth it and make yourself your own coffee because you’re not gonna find any coffee shop
open until about 9:00 a.m. so if you like coffee like we do get your own coffee
yeah I think that’s about it yeah thank you for watching if you like our videos please subscribe and hit the like button
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