For solo vacation destinations, it’s hard to beat Costa Rica. It is for everyone and at an affordable price. If you choose how I did out of season, it’s an even better purchase considering the surcharges that are usually added to solo travel packages, making it hard to find cheap travel options at a good price for single travelers. These price drops come quickly after the summer people came back home, so I took the opportunity to visit in September. Even though it was still the rainy season, I don’t remember having to dust off my umbrella even once. Fall offers may also reflect smaller crowds, where some tourists may avoid the entire Caribbean due to hurricane advertising. In reality, Costa Rica is rarely affected by direct hurricane impacts and, despite its size, has several different climatic zones. All in all, it was one of my best solo travel destinations.
Hotels are plentiful at a wide range of prices, from high-end global chains to smaller local properties. TripAdvisor lists 120 hotels in 20 different locations in Costa Rica. A local site included 61 5-star hotels with overnight rates, from a modest $ 113 to $ 1240, offering virtually unlimited luxury travel options for single travelers. Seven of these 5-star hotels ranged from $ 200 to $ 299 and, while not cheap, compare favorably to resort prices around the world.
Costa Rica is one of the best resorts for singles as it offers 4 different types of vacations for those traveling alone: 1. historical and cultural travel packages that reflect Caribbean and Latin American heritage, 2. ecotourism travel packages or eco-friendly, 3 adventure travel deals and 4. beach getaways not just for honeymoon travelers.
I began my trip to the capital, San Jose, gathering my own cultural travel package as I progressed. The Spanish colonial history of the country began in the early sixteenth century when Christopher Columbus in his travels was given the name of Costa Rica. After the arrival of their first Spanish settlers in 1522, it was about 300 years before independence.
The city has several museums to explore, such as the National Museum of Costa Rica. Still, it was the Gold Museum that really intrigued me. Not only were they filled with shiny gold artifacts, but they represented pre-Columbian figures long before the arrival of the Spaniards. (In addition, the adjacent gift shop sold copies of these unique items, perfect to take home as gifts for friends and family.)
History scholars and architecture enthusiasts may be disappointed to find that most of the capital’s intact buildings date back only to the 19th century rather than the colonial period. The impressive San Jose Metropolitan Cathedral was built in the late 19th century to replace the original structure destroyed by an earthquake. The National Theater of Costa Rica, more recent, but considered the best historic building in San Jose, also dates from the late nineteenth century. Now celebrating its 117th anniversary, it is known for its ornate pink and gold marble interior, but also houses an elegant Viennese-style café. In front are two imposing statues, Ludwig van Beethoven and the 17th-century Spanish playwright Calderón de La Barca, who watch 21st-century visitors as they enter.
After leaving San Jose and going to the countryside, it’s easy to see that Costa Rica is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations offering affordable travel for single travelers. The rainforest, parks and wildlife sanctuaries make up 25% of the country. Although small in square miles, Costa Rica has one of the richest biodiversity in the world. In keeping with its ecological approach, the government has embarked on a program over time to voluntarily achieve its 2007 carbon neutrality. The highly photogenic red-eyed tree frog is usually depicted to represent Costa’s wildlife. Rica. As I found out, you don’t have to go very far to see examples of colors. From the courtyard of my hotel, a low-flying hummingbird, one of the 26 local species, accompanied me every morning for breakfast. The rainforest, with its 3-4 different levels, offers the opportunity to see lazy people resting in the trees and calling monkeys at the top of the canopy; however, dense growth can make it difficult to locate.
There is a third option for single travelers who want to pick up the tempo. Beyond the placid bird watching and wildlife photography, Costa Rica offers plenty of opportunities for singles adventure vacations from zip lines above tree tops or rappelling to LaFortuna Waterfalls / Arenal. Six to seven rivers have whitewater rafting, while both coasts offer snorkeling and diving. Although Arenal Volcano no longer attracts nocturnal crowds after its nocturnal eruptions ended in 2010, there are still six major volcanoes for hiking. The resulting hot springs remain an ideal place for “Happy Hour” watching as the sun sets. Not getting ready, I was glad to see that the gift shop sold attractive brightly colored tropical swimsuits, albeit a bit of fabric.
Finally, no trip to Costa Rica is complete without visiting the nearly 300 beaches on the Pacific coast to the west and the quieter Caribbean east. I recommend trying both parts.
For me having my local base in San Jose, in the central valley, was ideal as it was an easy day trip to the rainforest, but with the beaches and sailing within reach of the city. The quality and prices were certainly pretty good, even for solo travelers. If you can’t decide if you want to go to the Caribbean or Latin America, Costa Rica offers you “2 for a price of 1” instead of single travelers finding “1 for a” price of 2 “! Boomerang journey as a millennial adventure, go ahead and add Costa Rica to your list of deposits.