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Volunteer in Costa Rica and discover one of the most sustainable countries on earth. Costa Rica is famous for its numerous volunteering projects.
UBELONG is a social venture based in the United States that was founded in 2009 on the belief that everyone can make a difference through international volunteering.
We, Green World Adventures, have been working with them since 2010, and together we have been building the volunteer programs in Costa Rica from the ground up in order to address local community problems.
So far, we have had around 200 volunteers. Would you join in an epic adventure? Improve your Spanish? Help the local communities? Discover a new country?

Here, we propose the following projects:

Project 1

This project provides homes to children who lack one. The place has several houses where children from 2 to 18 years old live with substitute mothers. We collaborate with donations, but our greatest contribution is the placement of international volunteers who support the institution by giving English and sports classes and who help children with homework and school assignments. The goal is to help the integral formation of children to prepare them to face the real world by themselves. 

Project 2

This project promotes the education and the personal development of young adults who suffer from mental disabilities. Their objective is to encourage their integration within the society by making them participate in various occupational workshops (cooking classes, sports, arts, etc.) and helping them find what they are good at.

Project 3

This project supports elderly by offering them a day care centre in which they can participate in occupational workshops (dance, cooking, gardening etc.). The centre serves about 100 senior citizens, mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds, who live at home but come to the centre every day to eat, learn new skills, receive medical attention and socialize in a healthy environment.

Project 4

This project is a centre resolving issues of public health, animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. Their main goal is to reduce the overpopulation of street animals. They train the population on issues of responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and public health. In addition, street dogs are sterilized and vaccinated and enter in an adoption program.

Project 5

This project promotes conservation, enjoyment and sustainable use of the epiphytic flora through scientific research, horticulture, and environmental education. Also, this project was established as a centre for the exhibition, conservation and research of tropical epiphytic plants, with a special interest in orchids. On 11 hectares, the field collections, greenhouses collections and secondary forests host over 3,000 species of plants.

Project 6

This project consists of helping children in needs. From Monday to Saturday they prepare and distribute healthy and complete meals to children whose families struggle and help them by providing them with the nutritious meals they need to grow up healthy.Voluntariado

If you are looking for more information, you can contact Ubelong directly at programs@ubelong.org.
Coming soon, new projects will be added to our list!

 

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Costa Rican’ Slangs – Part 2 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/costa-rican-slangs-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=costa-rican-slangs-part-2 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/costa-rican-slangs-part-2/#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:28:39 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7556/ You can’t call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. Here, I have a few slangs you must learn before coming to Costa Rica. Agüevado/a: Slang for feeling depressed or down. The verb is agüevarse. Estoy agüevado … I am feeling down. Brete: In Costa Rica brete means work. The verb bretear means to work. Trabajo is the more […]

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You can’t call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. Here, I have a few slangs you must learn before coming to Costa Rica.

Agüevado/a: Slang for feeling depressed or down. The verb is agüevarse. Estoy agüevadoI am feeling down.

Brete: In Costa Rica brete means work. The verb bretear means to work. Trabajo is the more common Spanish word for work.

Carga: means load, but Costa Ricans use this word to describe someone who is really good at something.

Catrinearse: To dress up in one’s best clothes. 

Chepe: The nickname for the name José in Costa Rica. Ticos often refer to the capital city as Chepe instead of San José. Vamos a jalar a chepe, mae… Let’s go to San José, pal.

Diay / Idiay: An exclamation used to express surprise, disbelief, delight or confusion. 

Guaro: A popular alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane, but it can refer to any kind of alcohol like the word “booze” in English. Cacique is the most popular brand of guaro that is made and sold in Costa Rica.

Filo: Hunger. Hambre is the more common word for hunger in Spanish.

Despiche (vulgar): A mess, confusion or disorder. It can also mean something that is fun, like a party. 

Goma: Glue or rubber, but in Costa Rican slang it is a hangover. “Un gomón” is a big hangover.

Güila: The kids, children, or a boy or girl.

Huelepedos (vulgar): A kiss ass. Lamebotas is used in other countries.

Jugado: Person with a lot of experience

Jupa: A term that means “head.” Cabeza is the more common word for head in Spanish. A jupón or cabezón is a stubborn person. 

Pichazo (vulgar): A bunch or a large amount of something. It can also mean a hit, strike or blow to a person’s body.

Vacilón: Fun, or a person who is funny

 

Enjoy your trip in Costa Rica!

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You can’t call yourself fluent in Costa Rican Spanish unless you understand its slang. Here, I have a few slangs you must learn before coming to Costa Rica.

A cachete: is an expression to say something is good. A cachete inflado is a synonym.

Un Aguila: Literally means “an eagle” but it’s used to refer to the Imperial beer that has an eagle on its label. If you ask for an “águila” you will be served an Imperial.

Choza: Means a shack but refers to someone’s home or casa. For example, vamos a jalar a la choza (let’s go home). Chante is also slang for home.

Chunche: Is an all-purpose word that can refer to almost anything or object.

Cuidado pierde:  Is a popular expression nowadays and means “you can’t go wrong,” “can’t miss,” or “you can’t lose.”

Mae: Means “guy,” “man,” “buddy,” or “dude.” Some women also refer to each other by this term, una maeHacerse el mae means “to play dumb” or “to turn a blind eye.” Mae or maje can also means stupid or dumb, so be careful how you use this word.

Mejenga: Is an informal or “pick up” game of soccer (fútbol) among friends.

Pura vida: Is the de-facto national motto that reflects the country’s incredible lifestyle.

Solo bueno: Means “only good” and also reflects life in Costa Rica. 

Tico/a: Is another name for a person from Costa Rica or a Costa Rican (costarricense). Since Costa Ricans frequently use the diminutives tico/tica to the end of words as suffixes, the term tico evolved to refer to the locals.

Tuanis: Means “good” or “cool” and is used at times like the expression, “pura vida.” It is not derived from the English phrase “too nice,” as many believe.

Una teja: Is slang for 100 colones (the official currency). It is also synonymous with the distance of one block, or 100 meters. Finally, there is a daily newspaper called La Teja. Originally it cost 100 colones, giving it its name. As of May 2019, the newspaper costs 250 colones (two tejas and a half).

Vara: Is a “thing” and similar in meaning to chunche.  It may also be used in many other ways such as “Qué es la vara?’” which means “What’s up?” or “What’s the deal?”  The word can also be used to indicate a joke: Son varas, mae means “just kidding, man.”

 

Enjoy your trip in Costa Rica!

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Getting out of San José for 1 Day http://www.greenworldadventures.com/getting-out-of-san-jose-for-1-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=getting-out-of-san-jose-for-1-day http://www.greenworldadventures.com/getting-out-of-san-jose-for-1-day/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 16:44:59 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7533/ What to do if you want to get out of the noisy city?  Close to San José, I would recommend visiting Poas Volcano area. It is a wonderful destination where you can meet the rainforest and one of the most beautiful volcanoes of Costa Rica, Poas volcano. The ‘Poás Volcano’ is an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) stratovolcano. The […]

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What to do if you want to get out of the noisy city?  Close to San José, I would recommend visiting Poas Volcano area. It is a wonderful destination where you can meet the rainforest and one of the most beautiful volcanoes of Costa Rica, Poas volcano. The ‘Poás Volcano’ is an active 2,708-metre (8,885 ft) stratovolcano. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1050 feet deep.  It has erupted 40 times since 1828, including April 2017 for the last time. However, since March 2019, the volcano is being dangerously active, so it has been closed to tourists. When the park will reopen, you will be able to enjoy the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles, and hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon. You will be impressed!

On your way to Doka Estate, you will pass throughout the city of Alajuela where you can have a stop and learn about the most famous Costa Rican war hero. Juan Santamaria is one of the most popular figures in Latin America. In Costa Rica, he is recognized as a national hero for his role in maintaining the country’s independence. Afterwards continue your trip through the coffee plantation towards Doka State, where you can learn the entire process of the coffee production and taste one of the most delicious coffees in the world. You definitely have to try the Peaberry coffee!

Continue to La Paz Waterfall after some cups of coffee. There is an important change in temperature and vegetation as you climb up these mountains, preparing you for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest. Discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, it is a natural park where you will walk on very safe trails surrounded by forest and the most impressive waterfalls of the entire country. Also, you can visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country, the impressive hummingbird gallery, a safe serpentarium, the traditional old house, an exuberant aviary and the frog’s exhibition.

Book: We offer this tour in our package ‘Culture and tradition of Costa Rica’

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Are you are getting excited about this destination? Join us.

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Osa Peninsula http://www.greenworldadventures.com/osa-peninsula/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=osa-peninsula http://www.greenworldadventures.com/osa-peninsula/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:27:27 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7530/ Last weekend, one of our members went to the Pacific Coast and explored Osa Peninsula! Would you like to escape civilizations for a few days? I would recommend going over there! Located in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, it is a wonderful off beaten track destination. Osa Peninsula is a perfect destination for […]

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Last weekend, one of our members went to the Pacific Coast and explored Osa Peninsula! Would you like to escape civilizations for a few days? I would recommend going over there! Located in the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, it is a wonderful off beaten track destination.

Osa Peninsula is a perfect destination for wildlife and bird’s lovers. Relaxing on paradisiac beaches is still an option. Also, this site is known for the Corcovado National Park where you will experience Costa Rican most beautiful wildlife, from tapirs to macaws. Diving or snorkelling at Caño Island gives you the chance to see dolphins, turtles and many more colourful marine wildlife.                                         This destination is an off-the-beaten track, which is difficult to reach. Places as Drake Bay can only be reached by boat, plane or 4WD-jeep. For example, the roads require driving through rivers. If you have the opportunity to take the plane, it is a wonderful way to discover Costa Rica from above.

Drake Bay is a remoted village, where you will be able to find delicious small restaurants and a few shops. Are you looking for an unusual stay? It is possible to stay 3 days in Corcovado National Park, which is a great opportunity to see more of the wildlife the park has to offer, and you are being completely cut off the world for a few days. A good way to disconnect!

Activities to do

A must see is Corcovado National Park. Why would you be here if not for it? The park takes up almost half of the Osa Peninsula. Moreover, it is only possible to enter with a licensed guide due to safety precautions, but you will be able to spot wild animals you might have never seen before!

Horseback riding in Corcovado is another wonderful way to visit the park. Have you seen too much of the forest? Enjoy a wonderful day tour at Caño island where you will be able to spot wonderful marine wildlife.

Book: We offer Osa peninsula as a package. The pick-up can be done from San Jose, Jaco Beach, Manuel Antonio Beach, Dominical Beach.

Corcovado National Park – Osa Peninsula, South Pacific Coast (Superior Package) – http://www.greenworldadventures.com/tour/corcovado-national-park-osa-peninsula-south-pacific-coast-superior-package/

Are you are getting excited about this destination? You can add this package to another tour or combine it with a beach holiday at one of the destinations mentioned above.

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Exploring Manuel Antonio National Park http://www.greenworldadventures.com/exploring-manuel-antonio-national-park/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exploring-manuel-antonio-national-park http://www.greenworldadventures.com/exploring-manuel-antonio-national-park/#respond Wed, 27 Mar 2019 16:38:35 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7504/ Last weekend, our GWA-team went to the Pacific Coast and explored Manuel Antonio National Park, which is about 4 hours bus-driving from San José. We started our adventure positively by almost missing the hotel check-in. We arrived 5 minutes before the closing time, such a perfect timing! If you are lodging in Manuel Antonio, you […]

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Last weekend, our GWA-team went to the Pacific Coast and explored Manuel Antonio National Park, which is about 4 hours bus-driving from San José. We started our adventure positively by almost missing the hotel check-in. We arrived 5 minutes before the closing time, such a perfect timing!

If you are lodging in Manuel Antonio, you will be really close from the entrance (walking distance). Of course, there is a public bus passing every 10 minutes from Quepos to Manuel Antonio and back. As well, it will take you approximately 20 minutes from Quepos.

Be sure to wake up early, the park opens at 7am. And remember that the park is closed on Mondays. When we arrived at 6:40am, we were surprised to find out a 200 metres queue. The best option would be to buy tickets one day before. Or, if you are travelling in a pair like we did, one could stay in the queue while the other one can go to buy the tickets. Have you forgotten foods or drinks? Don’t worry, there are many sellers walking around and shouting “Agua, Agua fría” or “Mango fresca”. But of course, you will not stand in the line since you have booked a tour.

Additionally, the park has got three main trails though the forest and two magnificent beaches where you can sunbath on the white sand. Moreover, you will be able to see the beauties of the park, which will take around 2 hours depending on your pace. Since we were amazed by all the views and trying to find animals, we spent around 3 hours walking. You will not get bored here and you can spend the whole day here until 4pm.

Manuel Antonio is a must for birdwatchers or seeing different wildlife such as howler monkeys, white-headed capuchins, squirrel monkeys, sloths and many more.

When you take the time and takea break, you will be amazed how lively the jungle is! After a long walk, we have decided to relax on ‘Las Espadillas Sur’ beach which was less crowded! Relax, have a drink, have an early lunch, take your book out, you have the all afternoon to enjoy. Be sure to not forget to put your sun cream, the Costa Rican’s sun is a treacherous friend, and be careful of the ‘cheeky’ monkeys that will rob you of your lunch!

Moreover, we advise you to go deep in the park before going to the beach. By doing so we had the feeling that we were the only ones and we have enjoyed the tracks and the viewpoints for ourselves. Most of the tourists go directly to Manuel Antonio or Las Espadillas Sur beach to relax.

Manuel Antonio is quite a relaxed location. Usually, most of the people stay at their hotels at night which allows you to enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant without it being too crowded. The food was delicious. If you are not a big adventurer, western dishes can be found, or you can become a real ‘tico o tica’ by trying the ‘casado’ with meat or fish.

Finally, to fully enjoy your night, buy a few drinks and go watch the stars on the beach. Also, if you are crazy enough, enjoy a night swim in the ocean under the moonlight. But watch out for the currents.

So, if you are interested to visit this park you can ask our travel experts to create an excursion to this magnificent place. A visit to this park is also included in the “From Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Side” package.

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Jacó again a safe destination! Central Pacific, Costa Rica http://www.greenworldadventures.com/jaco-again-a-safe-destination-central-pacific-costa-rica/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jaco-again-a-safe-destination-central-pacific-costa-rica http://www.greenworldadventures.com/jaco-again-a-safe-destination-central-pacific-costa-rica/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:35:43 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7493/ Jacó is a coastal town on the Pacific coast. This place is considered as a city close to the beach.  There was a time that Jacó had a bad reputation. If you do research about the town you will read a lot of negative experiences. Mainly about drugs, prostitution and criminality. Fortunately, times have changed!!! […]

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Jacó is a coastal town on the Pacific coast. This place is considered as a city close to the beach.  There was a time that Jacó had a bad reputation. If you do research about the town you will read a lot of negative experiences. Mainly about drugs, prostitution and criminality. Fortunately, times have changed!!! Jacó has worked on this problem and you will have a totally different experience if you have visited this place before.

There are a lot of tourists going to Jacó and therefore the city has been improving in different aspects. The roads are good and you can find any shop you need like pharmacies and banks. Another good thing about Jacó are the restaurants. You can find all kinds of restaurants like local food, Pasta, Pizza, Fish, Seafood and even Sushi! Jacó is also pretty known for its nightlife, there are a lot of bars, pubs and some clubs. The best thing about Jacó is that there is a good mix between locals and tourists.

Jacó is famous for the beach and a lot of surfers go here to chill and ride the waves. The weather in Jacó is really good! It is super warm and humid and is the perfect place to work on your tan, but be careful that you won’t get sunburn!

Because Jacó is easily to get to from San José a lot of people from San José and surrounding places go here to spend the weekend. This destinations is located only 1.5 hours away from San Jose.

Most of the people that visit Jacó are families, young travelers, students and local Costa Ricans. It is safe to go there and there are a lot of activities to do. Of course you have to look after yourself like in any other destinations. Don’t walk in the street with unnecessary jewelry and don’t go to remote and sketchy places. But nowadays, Jacó is not more dangerous than any other place in Costa Rica.

There is enough offer of trips, you can go for a tour by boat, you can rent ATV’s and you can even go on a Canopy tour to zip line through the mountains. Carara National park is also very close to Jacó and there is a lot of ways to go there.

If you are still not convinced to go for a visit to Jacó, in my opinion Jacó has the best sunset of entire Costa Rica. The views are astonishing with a beautiful mix of the colors yellow, orange, red and purple.

Tips:

– Try out different restaurants.

– Visit near parks like Carara National Park or Tarcoles.

– Try to get in contact with the locals.

– Try local food.

– Take a surf class

– Go and visit the Jacó viewpoint.

– Bring your swim gear and sun screen

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Our team visit to Carara National Park http://www.greenworldadventures.com/our-team-visit-to-carara-national-park/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=our-team-visit-to-carara-national-park http://www.greenworldadventures.com/our-team-visit-to-carara-national-park/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:00:02 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7466/ Last weekend our GWA-team went to the Carara National Park in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. The national park is close to the beach town Jacó and the drive to the park is a nice experience on its own, you will drive through green hills and you will see a lot of beautiful nature. […]

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Last weekend our GWA-team went to the Carara National Park in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. The national park is close to the beach town Jacó and the drive to the park is a nice experience on its own, you will drive through green hills and you will see a lot of beautiful nature.

When we arrived at the park we got kindly welcomed by one of the park rangers and he was very interested in us. At the entrance we were lucky because we saw a group of the famous scarlet macaws flying over our head. It is recommended to go to the park early to be one of the first in the park, you will have the most chance to see this bird or some of the other amazing animals habiting the park like the: Capuchin Monkeys, Agouti’s, Sloths, Armadillos, hummingbirds and many more.

The park has got a trail though the forest and you will be able to see the beauties of the park. The hike will take around 1.5 hour, depending on your pace. Since we were amazed by all the views we took our time and spent around 2.5 hour in the park. Carara is a must for birdwatchers; you can hear all the animal sounds and the different birds sing.

Not everybody knows this, but close to the entrance of the park you can find the Tarcoles Bridge. Here you can find a wild family of crocodiles and they are almost always there to show off their beauty.

If you are interested to visit this park you can ask our travel planner to create an excursion to this great place. A visit to this park is included in the “Driving and Exploring Costa Rica” & “Costa Rica for Birdwatchers” packages and is also easily to combine with one of our other packages when visiting Jacó or Manuel Antonio.

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Eating in Costa Rica, being gluten intolerant. http://www.greenworldadventures.com/eating-in-costa-rica-being-gluten-intolerant/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eating-in-costa-rica-being-gluten-intolerant http://www.greenworldadventures.com/eating-in-costa-rica-being-gluten-intolerant/#respond Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:25:23 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7433/ One in one hundred people have celiac disease in the world. We can control what we eat when we are at home… but what happens when you travel to another country? When you travel through Green World Aventures, is important as a client, to inform any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have to your […]

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One in one hundred people have celiac disease in the world. We can control what we eat when we are at home… but what happens when you travel to another country?

Delicious sea food that you can find near the coasts.

When you travel through Green World Aventures, is important as a client, to inform any dietary restrictions or allergies you may have to your travel agent.

Fortunately, the hotels have the availability and the time to prepare themselves in time for your coming and in the reservation your travel agent can alert them of your dietary restriction.

Costa Rica’s everyday diet (famous Casado) consists of chopped vegetables (picadillos), salads, protein (fish, chicken or meat) and of course rice, beans and the delicious fried plantain. This will make it easier for a celiac person to have a Casado for lunch. We also eat lots of tortillas (made of corn).

Delicious corn tortillas.

Be sure that if you go to a restaurant outside your hotel, mention your condition. Let them offer you an alternative for you to eat. You can check out for a gluten free restaurant or that offers gluten free menu. In the most touristic places, you can find a variety of ideal places to eat just for you. Remember Costa Rica is a tropical country. The variety of fruit is large and there are fruit markets everywhere. You can carry some fruit to the places you are going. Have a healthy and delicious gluten free snack with you!

TIPS:

  1. Pack travel snacks. Gluten free snacks like nuts, dried fruit or Costa Rican fresh fruit. Having something to munch on can curb your appetite until you find something more substantial.
  1. Research good spots for people with celiac disease.Many large restaurant chains have gluten-free selections on their menus. Before you embark on your trip, find out if any of these franchises are located in the city you’ll be staying in.
  2. Dine early or late. If you enter a restaurant at 7 p.m. on a Saturday night, you may be confronted with a crowd of customers — and busy staff that might forget to convey your requests to the chef. If you get there before or after traditional “rush” times, you’ll have a much greater chance of your requests being accommodated.
Gallo Pinto with natilla (sour cream), tortillas and sausage.

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Tips for traveling with a rental car in Costa Rica http://www.greenworldadventures.com/tips-for-traveling-with-a-rental-car-in-costa-rica/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tips-for-traveling-with-a-rental-car-in-costa-rica http://www.greenworldadventures.com/tips-for-traveling-with-a-rental-car-in-costa-rica/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:03:30 +0000 http://www.greenworldadventures.com/?p=7415/ At Green World Adventures, we offer the best type of transportation for you. That is why in our packages we try to give our clients the best traveling option either it is by shared shuttle, private transportation, local flights or rental car. We want to make you trip easier by giving you these tips for […]

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At Green World Adventures, we offer the best type of transportation for you. That is why in our packages we try to give our clients the best traveling option either it is by shared shuttle, private transportation, local flights or rental car.

We want to make you trip easier by giving you these tips for traveling by your own on a rental car.  Here is a list of smart tips you can use when using a rental car:

  1. Where to pick up the car:
  • Option 1: You can ask us to reserve your car and arrange for you to have your car at the airport on the car company we have reserved it with. This way you can leave the airport already with your car, ready to start your Costa Rica experience.
  • Option 2: Our guide can pick you up at the airport and take you to your first hotel. We can arrange that your car can be delivered to the hotel.

  1. Rules for driving a car in Costa Rica: 
  • The minimum age for renting a car is 23 years old.
  • The maximum age for driving a rental car is 80 years old.
  • The cost for an additional authorized driver is $4 USD per day. The rental agreement only has one main driver included.
  • All authorized drivers must have at least 2 years of issued.
  • The driver`s license has to be valid in the country of origin. They are valid from 30 to 90 days in Costa Rica according to the immigration entry stamp data on passport.
  • Drivers license must be printed in Roman alphabet. For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic, Hebrew, etc. driver licenses, it has to be complemented by an International driving license.
  • Present your valid passport and driver license at time of pick up.
  • We will always make your reservations with the Liability Protection Basic Coverage for injury or death to third parties involved in an accident. It is mandatory. Guarantee deposit of US$750 will be required in credit card.

Present your Credit Card (only MasterCard, VISA or American Express accepted) to cover the US$750 deposit of guarantee required for renting a car. No cash o debit cards deposits are allowed.

  1. Gasoline:
  • Your car is going to be given to you with a full tank.
  • You should return your car with a full tank.

EXTRA SERVICES AS AN EXTRA COST:

  1. Road Assistance Service: Extra charge applies.
  • Road assistance includes tow truck, mechanical issues, continuous trip, locksmith service, etc. 24/7 service in the whole country.
  1. Rental of Accessories: Extra charge applies.

GPS Rent: You can ask for a GPS at the car company when you are getting your car. The cost per day for the GPS is $9.

*** We recommend that you buy a sim card at the airport (Kölbi Brand); therefore,  you can have internet connection and use the best traffic and GPS App in Costa Rica, WAZE. MUST: Your cellphone must be unlocked. ***

  • Portable WIFI Rent: has a cost of US$10 per day.
  • Baby Seat Rent: US$3 per day.
  1. Optional Car Protections: Extra charge applies.
  • Loss Damage Waiver -LDW-:

Coverage for total or partial theft of the rented car.

Coverage for direct car damages, collision and tipping the car over.

  • Supplemental Protection Plan -SPP-:

Enlarged coverage in damages to third parties properties involved in an accident.

Enlarged coverage for injury or death to third parties involved in an accident.

Zero deductible for direct car damages, collision and tipping the car over.

Zero deductible for total or partial car theft.

It covers windows, car lights, vandalism, tow truck and road assistance.

Finally, these are the tips that Green World Adventures advices you to know about, before renting a car in Costa Rica. We hope we have helped you with your transportation decision. Enjoy Costa Rica anyway you decide to transport yourself!

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