Travel to Costa Rica

Allow us to orient you with general travel guidelines as you prepare for your upcoming trip.

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The following are general travel guidelines for your upcoming trip to Costa Rica with ThriveWorx. Specific information regarding your stay, including itinerary and other details, will be sent to you in separate documents prior to your arrival.

For additional questions regarding information in this document, please contact the Team Leader from the organization with which you are traveling. 

What do I pack?

In packing, you’ll want to account for the weather and terrain you’ll be encountering in Costa Rica. Aside from your standard toiletries, electronics, etc., we’d recommend including the following in your packing list. We advise against packing valuables whenever possible. If you plan to purchase anything in Costa Rica, make sure to leave room in your suitcase!


Food & Water


Tap water in Costa Rica is generally considered safe for visitors to drink. Consult with your ThriveWorx In-Country Contact for guidance on water safety specific to the community you’re in. To be cautious, or if you have strong taste preferences, you may choose to drink bottled water. Bottled water is easily available for purchase at hotels, corner stores, etc.

Foods to Try 

  • Gallo pinto – traditional Costa Rican bean & rice dish***
  • Desayuno típico – a typical breakfast usually comprised of gallo pinto, eggs, tortillas, fresh cheese, fried plantains, and coffee
  • Casado – a typical meal comprised of rice, beans, meat, salad, or vegetables***
  • Fried plantains – often served at breakfast or with a casado***
  • Tropical fruits & juices (frescos) – mango, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, hocotesmamón chinos
  • Corn tortillas 
  • Chifrijo – dish of rice, beans, pico de gallo, fried pork belly (chicharrones), avocado, and corn chips***
  • Empanadas – soft fried dough (corn or wheat) shell with cheese, beans, and/or meat inside 
  • Tamales – corn dough stuffed with meat & veggies, wrapped in banana leaves, and steam-cooked
  • Plantain chips – the ultimate road trip snack! Try natural (salty plantains), limón y sal (lime & salt), and maduros (sweet plantains)***

Food to Avoid 

  • Food from questionable street vendors

***Indicates a ThriveWorx staff personal favorite.


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