Is Costa Rica Worth Visiting for Solo Female Travelers?

Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a tropical paradise where the lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and towering volcanoes offer a myriad of exciting adventures for travel enthusiasts. Known for its impressive biodiversity, Costa Rica harbors a remarkable 5% of the world's species. Its astounding environmental preservation efforts have been lauded worldwide, protecting several endangered species in numerous national parks throughout the country. Visitors to Costa Rica are lured by its attractive tourist destinations such as Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the stunning Pacific and Carribean coastlines. Moreover, the country is widely recognized for its peaceful history, having abolished its army in 1949. Costa Rica’s rich culture, hospitable locals, and enticing cuisine, characterized by the ubiquitous gallo pinto, create a fascinating experience that makes this tropical Eden an unforgettable travel destination.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 46 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.6/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

4/5
Anna

Anna

Germany

Solo travel experience

Costa Rica was overall a beautiful country with stunning nature and wildlife. I felt it was quiet expensive with dorm beds ranging from 35 to 80 dollars a night. However I personally always felt save and would definitely recommend going back. I started on the carribean side and would definitely recommend going to Puerto viejo. Definitely go visit the national park cahuita as it’s stunning and you get to see so much wildlife. As it is so close to Panama I hoped over the border and explored the beautiful bocas del toro for a bit. It’s a great experience and you get to walk across the border which is also quiet fun. I then continued to la Fortuna which I personally found too touristy as it almost seemed like a little Disney land. It’s in the mountains and you can visit the rain forest and hike a Vulcano and visit hot springs. Everything seemed quite overpriced and too touristy to me. Santa Teresa is a fantastic hippiesque beach with lots of restaurants and shops. You can go for a surf or even go to a little tage in the jungle. It’s really fun. I also visited Manuel Antonio however I didn’t manage to go to the national park as it was closed on Tuesday so make sure to check on the times before you plan your trip.

Posted: February 17, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 4/5
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Amelia

Amelia

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

I spent a month volunteering in Matapalo, very safe, you can walk at night and feel safe. I spent another month backpacking, and went to several different places. San Jose I stayed in only to cut journeys in half, not safe there at all I didn’t walk at night because of how unsafe I felt during the day. Santa Theresa was my favorite, lovely and friendly people, very safe and good food and shopping to be done there. Cahuita was good, relatively safe, but not a lot to do there. Puerto Veijo, was also safe, a busy town very good sushi restaurant and you can walk around ok. Nightlife is interesting

Posted: January 20, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Agatka

Agatka

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

It was an amazing experience! My first solo travel and it couldn’t have been better. There are so so many things to do ALL the time, the nature is unreal like I have never seen before, the people are great. The only thing I would say is that it’s not really a budget travel destination. Everything is in Western European prices but it’s worth visiting anyways!

Posted: January 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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My first international solo trip was to Costa Rica. Spent there 3 weeks and it was an amazing journey. I rented a car and visited 4 different places: Playa Hermosa, Playa Flamingo, Samara, and La Fortuna. In each of these places, I met other solo female travelers. This trip was much easier than I imagined. I loved it, I felt safe and had no problems getting around. The local people were very nice and helpful. Almost everyone spoke a little bit of English.

Posted: December 30, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I was alone in Costa Rica in March and had an amazing time. I felt really safe there and there were plenty of things to do. I also met a lot of people along the way, so I didn't feel lonely at all. I speak Spanish, but I was surprised that most of the locals I met spoke English.

Posted: December 23, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Helen

Helen

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

Great buses in this country. Most people are happy here. The country is set up for tourists rather than travellers. There’s a big difference between the two. No thanks, I’m not interested in your very expensive tours and yes, I’ll be here more than 2 or 3 days. Exceptional pineapples and papayas. Exceptional wildlife too.

Posted: December 20, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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I loved Costa Rica. I went at the beginning of May, at the very start of the rainy season and it was wonderful. I visited La Fortuna, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. I loved all 3 places, I went on hikes to waterfalls, volcano tours, hot springs, cloud forest, zip lining, beaches and horse riding. You really can't go wrong and the people are wonderful.

Posted: September 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I traveled to Costa Rica to learn Spanish. I always felt safe, and it is a very warm and hospitable country. I traveled all over the country and there was always a different landscape and experience to absorb. I would return there in a heartbeat.

Posted: September 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I was enchanted by Costa Rica. Wild nature, friendly people, and a generally beautiful country. Things I did: horse riding, zip-lining, hot springs, chocolate plantation tours, sloth sanctuary, Bogarin trail, La Fortuna waterfall, mountain cable car, coffee experience. I watched a lot of sunsets and drank a lot of daiquiris.

Posted: August 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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I undertook my first solo overseas trip to Costa Rica for 3 weeks. I rented a car and visited 4 different places: Playa Hermosa, Playa Flamingo, Samara and La Fortuna. I met other solo traveling women in each of these places. Making this trip was much easier than I had imagined. I felt safe and had no problems driving around the whole country. Locals were very kind and helpful. Almost everyone spoke a little English.

Posted: August 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Tamara

Tamara

About Me

"🌍 Hello, sisters from all around the world! I'm Tama, an 18-year-old adventurer from Costa Rica. 🌴🌺 I'm excited to embark on my journey of traveling and connecting with amazing people across the globe. ✈️ If you're traveling to Costa Rica and need a place to stay for a few nights, I offer you my home. I can show you beautiful spots in the city and provide you with recommendations.💓

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NicolaG

NicolaG

About Me

Hi there, perpetual expat, traveller and Entrepreneur who loves meeting people from all cultures. On a spiritual awakening path. Embracing nature with the best of technology. Interested in politics from the perspective that it does not clip freedoms and makes policy that allows good people to thrive. I am Apolitical. History major so love history and observing history unfoldfold. All in on crypto. Feel very responsible to be the change I want to see in the world. Been on personal development path for 40 years. Feel 20 years younger than my number.

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Tamara

Tamara

Costa Rica

Can host for:

3 days

About me

"🌍 Hello, sisters from all around the world! I'm Tama, an 18-year-old adventurer from Costa Rica. 🌴🌺 I'm excited to embark on my journey of traveling and connecting with amazing people across the globe. ✈️ If you're traveling to Costa Rica and need a place to stay for a few nights, I offer you my home. I can show you beautiful spots in the city and provide you with recommendations.💓

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Natalie

Natalie

San José

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello! I am Natalie! I running my travel shop, enjoy doing yoga and cook breakfast

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Kristina

Kristina

About Me

Hi :) would like to explore the area, grab something to eat or join for a yoga class?

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Meru

Meru

About Me

Hello Hola Namaste Blissings my name is Meru, I’m a creative, kind, musician being person. Love to learn, explore, create and connect with other kind open colorful people!

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