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packing tips for costa rica

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Reef-safe sunscreen

If you’re snorkelling or swimming on your Costa Rica holiday, it’s best to use reef-safe sunscreen to protect yourself from the blazing sun and the beautiful coral from harsh chemicals.

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Waterproof coat

It can rain any time of the year in Costa Rica, so come prepared with a raincoat or small travel umbrella that you can keep in your bag while you’re out and about.

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Mosquito repellent

You’ll come across a few mosquitoes and insects in Costa Rica thanks to the humid environment. Stay free of any nasty bites by bringing a strong repellent and applying it regularly.

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how to travel responsibly in costa rica

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Take care of the turtles

You’ll have the incredible chance to watch sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach in Tortuguero but please remember to keep your distance and never use flash photography.

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Say no to plastic

Costa Rica has plans to become the first country to ban single-use plastics by 2021, so remember not to bring any bags, bottles, cups, straws or cutlery made from plastic.

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Head to the markets

If you’re on the hunt for some souvenirs, we’ll take you to Sarchí, a creative little town that’s filled with local arts and crafts like intricate carvings and paintings.

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