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These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.
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- 98%Green Travelers
- 86%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 81%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Family Travelers
- 67%Business Travelers
- 65%Budget Travelers
- 62%Local Culture
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- Costa RicaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Oct 16, 2013
I've been going to Costa Rica regularly for over 15 years and almost always go in the rainy season. It's a bit cooler, crowds are a fraction of what they are in the dry season (so it's less expensive!) and, if you are a surfer, you're likely to get some great Southern Hemis rolling in. Also, if you're interested in white water rafting, well, this is when the rivers are really pumping... The thing you most need to know about a tropical rainy season is that it's more like a summer in Florida than a bad winter in Portland. You're going to get some rain and you're going to get wet, but you'll also get a lot of sunshine too. The rain comes in the form of afternoon thunderstorms - often intense downpours. But, on the flip side, most mornings are sunny and more often than not, the storms roll on, leaving you with a nice late afternoon and sunset too. Now, to be totally honest, it is possible to hit it really bad, with several days in a row of intense rain. But more often than not, it's come and go storms. Also, take note that the northwest of Costa Rica (Guanacaste) is dry scrub/dry forest habitat. You'll find considerably less rain up that way, although this will be when some rain does fall there.
My only caution to going to Costa Rica in the rainy season if if you are going primarily to SCUBA dive. There is a lot of river discharge during the rainy season, so visibility is of poorer quality unless you go very far offshore.
- Costa RicaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Aug 25, 2013
Costa Rica is a fantastic destination in Central America. Tourism is much more developed here than in other Central American countries and the economy is quite a bit better. This results in less violent crime on the whole compared to its neighbors. Costa Rica has been smart about preserving its environment for eco-tourism and rain/cloud forests and wildlife is probably the main draw here. The beaches are fantastic too. Cost of travel is relatively cheap.
- Costa RicaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Aug 16, 2013
Sometimes this whole country feels like a national park. Relatively safe and easy to travel around (especially for central america), this is a place for first time tourists and seasoned travelers. The jungle is super biodiverse, the volcanoes are humbling and the surf is epic. San Jose does not have the best reputation though.
- Costa RicaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Jul 18, 2013
Costa Rica is one of the least challenging countries in Central America. Having had one of the few stable democracies in the region, it has managed to build out a great infrastructure for tourists. It has great beaches, rainforests where you can go zip-lining, and an active volcano. At the same time, with tons of American tourists, retirees, Costa Rica lacks the sense of cultural immersion you can get in some of its neighbors, like Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico. To me it felt only slightly more foreign than a visit to Florida.
- Costa RicaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersBackpackersJul 17, 2013
Haven't gone yet, but trying to put together a 2 week itinerary. We're on a bit of a tight budget but we want to explore and experience Costa Rica as much as we can.