Traveling to Costa Rica, on a budget? That sounds like difficult. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Destination: costa rica
Costa Rica is often called “Switzerland of Central America“. The country has a particular track record when it comes to being future-focused. They dissolved the army in 1948. For many years, it is less dependent on fossil resources for energy.
Another reason to compare it to Switzerland might be that the cost of living here is considerably higher than in neighboring countries.
Costa Rica touches both the Atlantic and the Pacific ocean and has an extremely wide bio-diversity in between these oceans. The Pacific coast hosts turtles, sharks and alike. Cocos Island is one of the best places on the planet to dive, according to Cousteau. Bats Islands is one of the few places on the planet where you can safely scuba dive alongside bull sharks. (The picture above shows a white tip reef shark in Playas del Coco.)
The Pan American highway makes its way trough the country.
Two international airports make travel to Costa Rica easy. Liberia (LIR) is the airport that gives you easy access to the Guanacaste province (diving, surfing). The airport of San Jose (SJO) is in the center of the country.
When in the north of Costa Rica, make sure to consider a sidestep to Nicaragua.
Becoming a dive instructor is the dream of many people. This is why I did it, and the choices I made to get certified and teaching.
A trip to Nicaragua, step 1: border crossing from Costa Rica:
During a visit to Costa Rica, it’s part of the tradition to go ziplining. So with the crew of Rich Coast Diving, where I’m doing my internship to become a divemaster, we headed for Diamante, an eco-park with a wide network of ziplines.
A little update on the current travel. I’m in Costa Rica to become a divemaster.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.