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Travel Insurance for Costa Rica

Planning a trip to the paradisal Costa Rica? Well now you've booked your flights and accommodation, your next port of call will be travel insurance, but don't stress over it, we've got you covered! Like with any holiday, you'll need a good, sound worldwide travel insurance policy to help you enjoy your trip fully with peace of mind, giving you that added safety net so you can just chill on the beach with a glass of something in hand!

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Top 5 things to see and do in Costa Rica:

1. Arenal Volcano

Steam spouts from the top of Arenal volcano is a reminder of its once-explosive nature. Now, you can explore the volcano by hiking along one of its lava trails from 1968, as well as zip-lining and mountain biking.

2. Tortuguero

To experience Tortuguero, you will have to take a boat or aircraft to this north-east island. However, the opportunity for wildlife in this remote area is worth the trip; as well as caiman and manatees, it is also one of the best places to view sea turtles.

3. Monteverde

This cloud forest wraps its greenery in a damp mist, which creates the perfect conditions for numerous different species of orchid and other plants.

4. Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio is one of the most environmentally diverse national parks in Costa Rica, with both rainforest and pristine beaches fighting for your attention.

5. Corcovado National Park

Corcovado allows you to experience a wide range of wildlife at your fingertips, from jaguars in the forestry to sharks in the water.


It is recommended that travellers are up to date with all routine vaccines and get a booster shot for tetanus. You should also be vaccinated against hepatitis A, and some travellers may need rabies and typhoid injections. Even if you are vaccinated, you should still take out medical travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it is important to declare these when you're filling out the quote form! You know nothing in life is certain, and you just don't want to risk it with your health. Even if you've been somewhere fifty times, you still need to make sure you're covered for health insurance. There isn't anything worse than a huge medical bill landing on your lap if you break a bone or need medication.

If you will be travelling with medication check out our page full of helpful tips and advice. If you're travelling with diabetes we also have some handy information for that too.

Is it safe to travel to Costa Rica?

You should take precautions when travelling in Costa Rica; theft of passports and money is a problem, as is drink spiking and the work of 'unofficial' taxis. To prevent this, you should be careful when using ATM machines, stay aware of your surroundings and do not leave belongings unattended.

What should I pack for Costa Rica in January?

Although January is in Costa Rica's dry season, you should always pack a light rain jacket when entering the rainforest areas. Additionally, you should pack long trousers to prevent insect bites, suntan lotion and a torch, as electricity is likely to go out, especially in remote areas.

These tips will help you to prepare for your trip and ensure that you have the necessary equipment to enjoy your time in Costa Rica.

Holiday Extras Travel Insurance is sold and administered by Holiday Extras Cover Limited, registered office address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Hythe, Kent CT21 4JF.

Holiday Extras Cover Limited is an insurance intermediary authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 828848. You can check this by visiting the Financial Services Register

Holiday Extras™ is a Trading Name of Holiday Extras Cover Limited. The insurance is underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited. Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with company number 13436330 and whose registered office address is 10 Fenchurch Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC3M 5BN.

Great Lakes Insurance UK Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Firm Reference Number 955859. You can check this by visiting the Financial Services Register