5. Go During Non-Peak Season
As a Central American nation, weather in Costa Rica is typically most pleasant when it’s cold and snowing in other areas. That’s why tourists flock here from December through April.
But, as the U.S. News Costa Rica Travel Guide notes, May through November is the cheapest time to visit the country, as long as you’re willing to deal with rain. (It’s the wet season!) Go during this time, and flights, lodging, tours and more will be cheaper.
6. Stay At Budget Hotels
Chances are you’re going to spend most of your time exploring the sites and sounds of Costa Rica. Why spend more than you have to on lodging?
Though hotels in Costa Rica aren’t known for being cheap, you can still find great deals. According to data from Lonely Planet, you can stay in a dorm room for $8-$15 per night or book a basic private room at a guesthouse for anywhere from $20-$50. This is much cheaper than mid-range hotels ($50+) or upscale hotels (which easily exceed $100).
7. Build Homes
Why not get your hands dirty? You’ll be doing a lot of good for folks, and you’ll get to immerse yourself in local culture–all for a bargain price!
Love Volunteers has ongoing construction projects that aim to build safe and sanitary homes for impoverished people. What’s also nice is that Love Volunteers’ fees are very low (this program is $709 for two weeks).
8. Find A Cheap Flight
Chances are the flight will be a significant portion of your expenses. Here are few ways to snag a cheap flight to Costa Rica:
- Look well in advance: Data from CheapAir.com proves booking in advance can save lots of money on international flights. For instance, if you’re coming from Canada, international flights are cheapest if booked 75 days in advance.
- Use miles: From credit card signup bonuses to points for shopping, you can accumulate miles with airline offers–and make that flight to Costa Rica cheaper.
9. Find A Package Deal
Vacation packages to Costa Rica offer great savings. In addition to checking bundle deals on sites like Kayak and Costco (yes, Costco), check organizations that actually host their own programs, like Frontier, which offers a range of adventure packages in Costa Rica.
10. Study Spanish
Travel is about having fun and expanding your mind. During your trip, learn Spanish and all about the culture in Costa Rica. Affordable programs are out there. For instance, the Spanish language program by Frontier starts from $745 for one week of instruction (accommodations included).
Making Your Costa Rican Adventure A Reality
Now you know all the affordable ways to have a valuable volunteer or vacation experience in Costa Rica. By establishing a budget and sticking to a plan, you can enjoy Costa Rica on the cheap.
To make your volunteer trip a reality, consider crowdfunding on Volunteer Forever’s platform. Here, you can get the funds you need to reach Costa Rica, make a difference, and have the time of your life.