Pack Your Bags: 5 Essential Items to Pack for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rich and diverse country. When you visit, you want to take in as much of the country as possible. That means you have to pack for several types of weather. However, there are five packing essentials that will work for your time at the beach, as well as, your time at our luxury eco-lodge in the Talamanca Mountain Region.

A bathing suit is the number one packing essential for a Costa Rican vacation

Packing essentials for Costa Rica

The beach and the mountains will both have diverse climates and weather patterns. There are, however, some essentials that you’ll need whether you’re at the beach and at the mountains.


A tiny string bikini is great for sunbathing, swimming in the pool, or relaxing by the banks of the Pacuare River, but if you’re going to be participating in more strenuous activities, like surfing, or whitewater rafting you may want to consider a bathing suit that is a little more secure. You may also want to bring a rash guard, or a long-sleeved t-shirt to protect you from the sun while you’re in the ocean or the river.


It’s hot in Costa Rica, and you have to remember that we’re not that far away from the equator. That means that the sun is much more intense and should be taken seriously. We know you want to show off a great tan when you get back, but no tan is worth risking your health. Pack sweat proof, and waterproof sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF.


Packing essentials for Costa Rica
Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen!

You’ll need flip flops for the beach and casual strolls around the grounds at Pacuare Lodge. However, if you plan on venturing deeper into the rainforest, or hike to an indigenous village you’ll need proper hiking shoes. Make sure that whatever shoes you bring for hiking and other activities can get wet. Pacuare Lodge provides rubber boots for guests during their stay. Finally, bring a pair of sandal-type shoes or heels for going to restaurants.


Keep it light, keep it breathable, and keep it casual. The weather tends to be hot and humid by the ocean, but significantly cooler in the mountains. It’s recommended that you pack layers. Think chic and casual resort wear. Flowy dresses, sarongs, shirts, swimsuits, and boardshorts that transition from day to night, and maybe a light raincoat.

Insect repellant

How to pack for Costa Rica
Some casual chic, but comfortable, clothing for fine dining experiences.

At Pacuare Lodge, we are high enough in the mountains to have very few bugs. However, we always recommend that people bring insect repellant, especially while near the beach. Choose eco-friendly bug repellants. If you’ve got the time, create your own eco-friendly insect repellantusing a scent free lotion and essential oils like citronella, lavender, and tea tree oil. Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge is located by the banks of the Pacuare River. Our luxury eco-lodge is sustainable tourism at it’s finest. Our guests are treated to the best of Costa Rica, without making an impact on the environment and surrounding nature.

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