What do I need to bring to Costa Rica for my vacation? Well, Costa Rica is known by its beaches and beautiful nature, but a few people would expect to find places with very low temperatures and cold winds, so it is very important to come very well prepared depending on the season and the place that you will be visiting.
Something that calls my attention a lot as a tour guide is to see people who come to visit Corcovado National Park and wear open or sport shoes or even sandals in a place that by nature is home of powerful ants ant venomous snakes as well trees with spines that eventually fall to the ground, and even though we have no accidents I find it very smart to prevent.
When hiking in the forests of Costa Rica the best shoes are hiking shoes and if they are waterproof it would be way better. The gripping is also very important since Sometimes I see people sliding and therefore not being able to really enjoy the activity.
So, even though when you hear about to Costa Rica it comes into your mind to bring sunglasses and bathing suit it is also important, depending on the place you visit to take into account several things more that will make of your experience in Costa Rica something really enjoyable, for example during the wet season (this seasons can be variable depending on the place of Costa Rica you visit) it is very important to bring a poncho and a plastic bag or dry bag to the electronics in case that it rains.
In volcanoes, Cerro Chirripo, Monteverde, Cerro de la Muerte, for example, it is during some parts of the year and in some cases always very cold, so it is necessary to bring the right equipment to not freeze.
It is also very important that if you are doing sport fishing, diving, snorkelling or whale and dolphin watching to bring long sleeve shirts and something to cover your head.
Drake Bay has two supermarkets and several smaller ones called pulperias. At the supermarkets you will find a varity of products that are essential and also some which are not essential. One must understand that because of the culture difference you might not find all you want.
Also there is even a little drugstore and fruit shops where you can find fresh vegetables and fruits. Due to our fruits and vegetables do not have to be frozen to move around Costa Rica everything is tasty, since the freezing process diminishes the taste of them.
The prices in Drake are the same for tourists and locals.
Corcovado National Park
Drake Bay is the point of departure to Corcovado National Park which you can visit for a day trip or for an overnight experience. The stations of the park that you can visit for a day are San Pedrillo Ranger Station, Sirena Station, La Leona Station, Los Patos station and El Tigre Station. And the stations of the park to stay overnight are San Pedrillo Station and Sirena Station.Corcovado National park hosts a 3.5% of the biodiversity of the planet and has the highest concentration of wildlife also, it is also always good to have in mind that it is also a matter of good luck to be able to find a wide variety of animals on a trip since animals are moving around and food season varies during the year. All the stations offer different panoramas and movement by wildlife.
- Los Patos Ranger Station offers an impressive primary forest, many birds and not so much mammal activity.
- La Leona Ranger Station is done mostly close to the beach and its forest is not so impressive, but in a good day you could see a great deal of species of animals.
- San Pedrillo Station has a very old and untouched primary forest and there are chances to see some animals during a day tour.
- Sirena Station hosts a great deal of animals and it is done thru recovering forest, old growth secondary forest and part Primary forest.
It is always recommended to stay overnight at any of the stations available for it or to do a 2 stations overnight tour and sleep at one of the stations.
Caño Island is home to huge number of different species of fish, turtles, sea stars and much more. On the way it is possible to see dolphins and whales during their two different migrations of the year.
The island is a biological reserve and it is only 300 square hectares. In the island it is possible to find bats, rats, snakes, mice, birds, lizards, crabs and many species of tree and plants among others.
The snorkeling and diving at Caño Island is considered to be second best one in central america after Cocos island.