Exotic Costa Rica is known for its lush jungles, cool creatures and some of the finest beaches in the world. However beware of these 20 things NOT to do in Costa Rica.
1. Don’t Feed the Monkeys
The adorable monkeys are a big hit with tourists, but feeding them diminishes their self-reliant survival instincts. They get lazy and don’t get the exercise they need can become rather aggressive… Oh yeh and it’s also against the law!
2. Don’t Let Your Snake Guard Down
There are 22 venomous species of snake slithering around the country! In fact, it is estimated that there are two deadly snakes per hectare there!
3. Don’t Forget to Shake Out Your Shoes
We’re really not trying to scare you away, just be aware that the world’s most toxic spider makes its home here and might be lurking, say… in your shoe! The Brazilian wandering spider is particularly prevalent in Corcovado National Park, and is a nightmare for arachnophobics.
4. Don’t Stay at an International Chain Resort
Costa Rica is full of family-run B&Bs, sustainable eco-lodges and intimate guesthouses that often have more character and charm than the familiar chains do, and will give you a more authentic experience on your vacation.
5. Don’t Expect Great Coffee!
Yes, Costa Rica grows some of the richest, boldest, most coveted coffee beans in the world. (reverb) However, most of the crop is for export, so the local cups of joe aren’t necessarily homegrown!
Find out more things NOT to do in Costa Rica, in part 2!
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