Costa Rica is one of the friendliest and happiest countries in the world. Scientists contribute their high rating on the Happy Planet Index (HPI)
to their all-natural eating habits, their low ecological footprint, the fact that they don't have an army (and prioritize peace), and their laid-back Pura Vida lifestyle. Naturally, what this means for you as a traveler is that people will be more willing to help you with pleasure and everyone will have a better experience overall.
Lots of Tourists
Costa Rica is a tourist hot spot. While there are plenty of places to get off the grid, it makes some solo travelers feel better to be around other tourists. There are plenty of places for that in Costa Rica. The majority of tours can be arranged in groups with other travelers lead be an expert guide. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to meet other people. While the majority of people are friendly when it comes to popular tourist destinations that of course also means that you'll need to practice due diligence and keep an eye on your personal belongings.
English speakers are easy to find.
Yes, a few basic phrases in Spanish are always appreciated. And if nothing else, a "hola" and "gracias" show that you're open to trying, but for those of us that don't really know enough to get by It's nice to know that most Costa Ricans speak pretty good English – especially in city and tourist destinations!
There are lots of other solo travelers.
Not only are Ticos notoriously friendly and helpful, but there are a lot of other solo travelers in Costa Rica – of all ages.
It's easy to make friends.
There's something about traveling in groups that make people less approachable. People will feel much more likely to strike up a conversation or include you in their tour group or surf lessons if it's just you. Sometimes all it takes is a friendly face or simple inquiry.
You can do what you want.
Let's not overlook the compromise necessary when it comes to group travel. Okay, I guess I will go to the Asian Fusion restaurant with you tonight if we can go to the typical Costa Rican soda tomorrow. No, none of that when you go solo. You can do exactly what you want when you want. Who doesn't love that?
You can book your whole trip in advance with a Costa Rica Expert.
If you plan your vacation package in advance with a Costa Rica Expert, you will be set up for success. Our Experts will see to it that you are set up at the best solo travel destinations and that you're in good hands throughout your stay. Our company only works with the most reputable hotel and tour suppliers. All of our hotels and services have been inspected by a Costa Rica Expert for quality and experience.