Costa Rica Travel Tips for Senior Travelers

Are you looking for a vacation in Costa Rica and eventually finding out if it is a place to retire? Well, this article is for you. 

Costa Rica is ideal for people who want to make the most of their retirement. With some planning, retired tourists can experience everything this amazing country offers.


Cultural Etiquette for Seniors

In Costa Rica, seniors are often respectfully referred to as "ciudadanos de oro," which translates to "golden citizens." As this moniker suggests, older people are often treated with great respect. Seniors traveling through Costa Rica can expect to enjoy this particular privilege, whether they're touring the museums of San Jose or exploring the country's beautiful landscapes. In addition, many of the country's most popular destinations and attractions offer senior discounts, so keep your eyes peeled for generous money-saving promotions.


Things to Do for Seniors

Many tour companies cater to seniors and offer tours and excursions with older individuals in mind. Many activities in Costa Rica are ideal for older travelers, including chartered cruises, guided tours of Costa Rica's 26 national parks and wildlife refuges, and lounging on the country's stunning beaches. With unparalleled natural diversity, many nature tours focus on the incredible wildlife of Costa Rica, particularly impressive birdwatching. Amateur ornithologists will be in their element here. Several areas boast an astonishing variety of bird life that has to be seen to be believed, such as Los Quetzales National Park, home of the resplendent quetzal.

Seniors who want to soar above the rainforest on a canopy tour won't be disappointed. In addition to Costa Rica's famous canopy zipline tours, some wildlife reserves offer special tram car tours of these magnificent nature reserves, enabling seniors to see the jungle from a bird's eye view in comfort.


Travel Tips for Seniors

One of the best things about being retired is being a lot more flexible with your travel plans. This can often mean significant savings, especially if you are free to travel in either May or November, as this is the turning point between the high and green seasons, and prices can be much lower.

As the adage goes, "He who travels lightest travels farthest," and this most definitely applies to seniors. Therefore, resist the temptation to pack everything, including the kitchen sink, and instead pack one or two bags. Opt for a suitcase with wheels, making navigating the airport much more manageable. Remember – the less you fill, the less you have to carry around with you! However, when packing for a Costa Rica vacation, remember to bring essential items like a light raincoat, sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes and pants, and a sweatshirt for cooler nights.

Something else to bear is that although many pharmacies in larger cities have English-speaking staff, they may not carry your particular brand of medication if you're taking any. So be sure to notify your primary care physician before you travel and bring an adequate supply of prescription drugs with you. Also, note the generic names of any medicines you take, just in case you have to refill at a Costa Rican pharmacy.

Although Costa Rica is well known for its high standards for medical treatment at a lower cost than you'd likely get back home, investing in travel insurance may be worth considering, as Medicare may not pay for medical attention overseas. Even a minor accident such as a slight fall could be costly. Before departing, discuss your plans with a travel insurance professional to see whether third-party coverage is right for you.


FAQs for Seniors Traveling in Costa Rica


Is Costa Rica good for seniors?

Yes, it is an excellent place for seniors. As a senior, you will feel respected in the Costa Rican culture, and you will feel the love.


What should I know before traveling to Costa Rica?

The most significant "know" is to make sure you can move around freely as the roads can be a tad tricky from being in a car, a shuttle, or out walking. Have a great pair of walking shoes and pack light. You will be glad you did. 


What should I avoid in Costa Rica?

If you are not feeling the "party" scene, you should avoid the party towns, such as Tamarindo and Jaco. 


Is Costa Rica an excellent place to retire?

We think it is, but we all live here and work here. But we suggest you come to Costa Rica for a few months or a year to get a feel if this is something you want to do for retirement. There are plenty of ex-pats that have retired here. Get on some Facebook groups and find out the good, the bad, and the ugly living in Costa Rica. 


How much do I need to retire in Costa Rica?

It depends on how you want to live. That is up to you. Once again, get on some Facebook groups, and reach out to friends or friends of friends who live down here. You may be able to get a better idea when you live down here for a year or so. 

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