Tips for Traveling in Costa Rica on a Budget

Tips for Traveling in Costa Rica on a Budget

Costa Rica Sand Beach

Costa Rica is one of the most expensive countries in Central America, but it also has a lot to offer for tourists from all over the world. In this travel guide, we will learn some tips for traveling in Costa Rica on a budget.

Traveling to Costa Rica is not exactly cheap, in fact, it is the most expensive place to travel to in all of Central America. This is not surprising considering all the things Costa Rica has to offer. It has become an especially attractive place for tourists all over the world. But this should not discourage you. With a few tips, you can make the most out of your vacation in Costa Rica and have a great time on a budget.

Even if you are on a tight budget, there are many strategies in all aspects you can use to save money on your trip. You can have the best of both worlds by simply keeping a few pointers in mind when traveling to Costa Rica. So what are the tips for traveling in Costa Rica on a budget?

Costa Rica Ocean Sunset

Traveling offseason

The first thing you can do in order to make sure you do not spend excessive amounts of money on your trip to Costa Rica is to travel offseason. There are not many tourists during the offseason, so prices will not be as high as they usually are.

The off-season is also known as the rainy season, so you might run into some bad weather. However, it is a huge time frame and lasts from May to November. If you travel in this time frame you are sure to run into things that are cheaper than they usually are. Also, the first few months of the rainy season tend to be the best as the climate is a bit more mild, not to mention how green all the vegetation gets because of all the rain.

Eating locally

You should definitely avoid big restaurants if you are planning on eating out in Costa Rica, instead, try visiting Sodas (local eateries serving traditional Costa Rican dishes). These locally owned smaller restaurants are a lot cheaper and you can generally get a good meal between 3 to 6$ and trust me, in Costa Rica these prices are really low and on a budget.

Volcano La Fortuna in Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a bit different when it comes to public transportation in Central America. Try to catch public buses when you want to move from one part of the town to another. Their bus system is extremely reliable and relatively cheap. They usually cost around 5$.


In order to save money, you should drink tap water instead of actually going out and buying water bottles. In most parts of the country, tap water is completely safe and even better than in other parts of Central America. Just refill your own bottle to stay hydrated and you are good to go.

You will be surprised how much money you can save just on water, especially during the summer, when it's hot and you drink a lot of it. It sounds funny, but this is one of the most important tips for traveling in Costa Rica on a budget.

Costa Rica Wildlife


When traveling in Costa Rica, guides are not exactly cheap. It is not that they are not good at showing you some things that you would not see otherwise, but it is not exactly necessary and it could lead up to you spending money that could be better used on something else.

Instead of hiring a professional guide, just make friends with a few locals. Costa Ricans are eager to help and will point you in the right direction whenever you need to get on track.

Cheap hotels

There are not much cheap hotels or hostels in Costa Rica. You can try to search for a budget alternative in such websites as Airbnb, or just try to find some local rooms on the internet. Much more expensive, but probably the best way to spend your time, can be a villa in Costa Rica. But if you are trying to spend cheap vacations in Costa Rica on a budget, don't even look for it.


Traveling in Costa Rica on a budget is not an easy thing to do, but if you will use those few tips, I will be much cheaper. If you enjoyed my travel guide or have any other questions about how to spend cheap vacations in Costa Rica, feel free to write me a comment in the section below. I will reply for sure! Cheers!

Wojciech Kuźma

Hey there! My name is Wojtek and I am very happy that you came to my travel blog. I've been traveling the world for a few good years now and I still want more.

On my website I describe the adventures that have happened to me, you will also find here a collection of valuable tips for tourists and travelers. If you liked this article, be sure to leave a comment and read some more!

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