Tips for a Budget-Friendly Trip to Costa Rica

aerial view of montezuma beach in costarica

If your budget is somewhat limited, and you still want to take a trip to Costa Rica, it is possible to make your dream come true. Many people visit Costa Rica on a budget – it is not a destination merely for the rich or the famous. If you would like to take a budget-friendly trip to Costa Rica, these tips can help:

  •  Plan every detail of your vacation in advance. When you leave things up in the air, there is a better chance that you will overspend. However, if you plan for every activity, event, and even every meal, you are much less likely to spend too much money. With a detailed plan of action, you can also make room in your budget for splurges.
  • Choose accommodations that fit within your budget without sacrificing quality. The Sano Banano Beachside Hotel, located in Montezuma, is home to our sister hotel, the Sano Banano Hotel and Restaurant. This budget-friendly hotel provides you with the same level of service and comfort that you would expect from a Ylang Ylang sister hotel.
  • Remember that Costa Rica has much to offer in the form of activities that do not have to cost you a penny. A simple hike through the jungle environment can provide you with an amazing opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as well as simply enjoying the beautiful flowers and greenery. Use your imagination to choose money-saving activities.

 

Montezuma’s Best Restaurants: Romantic, Luxurious, Delicioso!

 

Focusing on budget travel has its place, but today let’s talk about what it’s like to luxuriate in Montezuma, Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica holds a special distinction as both eco-conscious and budget friendly, proving that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Montezuma Costa Rica, a small town on the Pacific side of the country, has fine dining suitable for romantic getaways for foodie adventures. In this post, we’ll take a look at one traveler’s Best of the Best list.

Below you’ll find options for seafood aficionados, pizza lovers (I know, right?),

Restaurants

 

Credit: thisiscostarica.com

thisiscostarica.com

 

Cocolores – Also beachfront . They aren’t rated as high as they should be on Trip Advisor, because of their grumpy staff. But the food is amazing and people go back again and again.

Beautifully assembled food that tastes absolutely divine – worth every penny. Reviewers seem to love it all. Lovely curries. Price is a bit steep but not out of hand. I beg of you to follow the link and drool over pictures of the food.

Cuisine: Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican.

http://www.montezumabach.com/playa-de-los-artistas/playa-de-los-artistas-beachfront-restaurant/

 

Sano Banano Restaurant –  is one of the healthiest choices anywhere in town. Feast on traditional Costa Rican items made healthy with many other options for all your favorite dishes. Sano Restaurant is the place to go…

 

If you want to know what’s happening in Montezuma, Sano is the place and has become one of the best hangouts to eat some really good food and enjoy a movie in the evening sipping your favorite drink and enjoying this organic little village.

Cuisine: Seafood, Raw Food, Vegan, Chicken.

No red meat.

 

Playa de los Artistas – Amazing beachfront dining experience. Arrive before sunset and take hours to eat. Expensive but worth it. One of the most famous restaurants in Costa Rica for over a decade.

  1. Reviewers claim that this Mediterranean Restaurant is the best in Costa Rica. People especially rave over the Sea food. The menu includes Tuna Tartar, Lobster Carpaccio, Octopus Salad, and Shrimp Ceviche. Bonus points for the cool Boho name.  
Sushi at Puggo's - twoweeksincostarica.com

Sushi at Puggo’s – twoweeksincostarica.com

 

Puggo’s – One of the newer restaurants. Everything on the menu is completely delicious. The first time I had the “whole baked fish” I thought it was the best fish I had ever eaten.

A locally beloved restaurant decorated like a bedouin tent, Puggo’s specializes in Middle Eastern cuisine, including falafel, hummus, kebabs and aromatic fish, which they dress in imported spices and herbs and roast whole. Cap it off with a strong cup of Turkish coffee. (lonelyplanet.com)

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean,  Seafood, Sushi, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options.

 

 

Tierra y Fuego – Located way up in the hills of Delicias, their pizza and pasta are among the best in Costa Rica. Only currently open Thurs-Sunday.

Old-fashioned wood fire stoves bake the pizzas, and they are a favorite of visitors. Not too steep in pricing. Gorgeous interior with views of the natural surroundings, too.

Cuisine: Italian. I know, Right? Old-fashioned wood fire stoves bake the pizzas, and they are a favorite of visitors.

 

 

Hey, you’re saving a ton of money while enjoying life to the fullest in Montezuma, so have a splurge day. What’s a vacation without tucking into food that you’ll dream about later? Ah, I myself still dream of a little Italian restaurant in Chicago. Butternut Squash Ravioli. Winter 2003 and I still think of it. Montezuma has all the trappings of an unforgettable trip.

This list was originally posted by contributor Geoff McCabe at montezumabeach.com

The “Green Season” in Montezuma, Costa Rica: Greener, Wetter

From www.ticopages.com

When’s the best time to take a trip to Montezuma? Depends on what you want out of your trip. During the Green Season (rainy season) you’ll be surrounded by lush plantlife and see some amazing sunsets. This time from May to Novemer is Costa Rica’s winter. Hotel rates are lower at this time because it rains nearly every afternoon.

Weather in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a tropical climate,

…in the Köppen climate classification is a non-arid climate in which all twelve months have mean temperatures of at least 18 °C (64 °F). In tropical climates there are often only two seasons: a wet season and a dry season.

During the dry season Montezuma may not receive so much as a raindrop for over two months or more! In this brief video by Anywhere travel, you can learn more about the difference between the popular dry season and the less popular rainy season.

 

Lower Prices in the Lush “Low Season”

The tourism industry has dubbed the rainy season from May to August the “Green Season” because in fact it only rains occasionally in the late afternoon.

Costa Rica regulars love this season most of all because the land is verdant green, sunsets multi-hued, and many hotels offer low season rates.

www.ticopages.com

 

At least one tourist thought it was really quite a beautiful location, regardless of the raindrops falling on her head. Youtube poster Anna Macko stayed in Montezuma and shared her experience in a short video, “Rainy Season Costa Rica on Vacation – In Montezuma”:

Find your way to the beach with this map of Montezuma beach.