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Pura Vida: The Sensational Costa Rica Bachelorette Party Guide

San Jose Costa Rica bachelorette party

San Jose Costa Rica bachelorette party

Learn the true meaning of pura vida and live in the moment by hosting a Costa Rica bachelorette party. Costa Rica is the perfect place to make your once-in-a-lifetime event extra special, from the incredible sunny beaches for your girls to work on their tans before the wedding, to the fine dining and evergreen majestic forests for relaxing in. No place can do justice to your bachelorette party plans like Costa Rica.

Planning a bachelorette party can be pretty overwhelming, but this Costa Rica bachelorette party guide has got you covered. From where to stay to what to do, let’s make your bachelorette party an unforgettable experience. 

The BachDoneRight Costa Rica bachelorette party guide will help you throw a sensational party!

How to Get to Costa Rica

By car: Driving from the US to Costa Rica would take 61 hours and may not seem ideal. But if driving from bordering countries like Panama, you would need to pay $3 per person as an exit fee at Panama Immigration.

By air: Costa Rica has two international airports, Juan Santamaria (SJO) and Daniel Oduber Quiros (LIR). SJO handles most of the flights while LIR handles US, UK, and Canadian flights. Bus services will save you a lot of money if you live in one of Costa Rica’s neighboring countries (i.e., Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, or Guatemala).  

Note: Flying on weekends and during the holiday season can be expensive compared to the off-peak times. Compare flight prices here.

By boat: Costa Rica has the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east, so it’s possible to sail your way to your Costa Rica bachelorette party. Cruise companies like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian include Costa Rica in their itineraries.

Getting Around Costa Rica

There are different modes of transportation in Costa Rica. You can fly, rent cars, take taxis, use the bus services, or rent a motorcycle.

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Where to Stay in Costa Rica

Complete your Costa Rica bachelorette party with a perfect place to stay. Costa Rica is an all-rounder place with many exceptional food places, unforgettable scenery, beautiful sunsets, plus luxury resorts, hotels, and villas to stay in. Many attractions will be within walking distance of your accommodation, whether you choose to stay in the capital of San José or the beachside destination of Tamarindo. 

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Create an unforgettable experience for your bachelorette and her group! You can decorate the rooms with personalized messages and notch up the vibe with balloons and flowers. Many hotels offer complimentary room decorating services.

Best Things to Do in Costa Rica

Bachelorette parties are synonymous with fun activities! Whatever your definition of fun is, a Costa Rica bachelorette party calls for experiencing some of the country’s thrilling activities. The coastal cities come alive at night and have fantastic nightclubs, with vibing music and karaoke nights to help you spend the evenings dancing, hopping, and celebrating with your girls. 

Our Costa Rica bachelorette party guide would not be complete without some fun bachelorette party ideas, so here are some options to suit every budget.

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Top Tips for a Costa Rica Bachelorette Party

Now that you know about Costa Rica’s fabulous diversity of places to stay and things to do, you’re ready to organize a party like you’ll never see again. We recommend you spend between three and five days in the coastal parts of Costa Rica, so you have time to absorb the daytime atmosphere and the nightlife! 

Here are some top tips to make sure your bachelorettes enjoy every minute of their trip.

When to Visit

The dry season, which runs from mid-December to April, is perfect for planning a Costa Rica bachelorette party, with dazzling sunlight and warm weather to enjoy. With so many in-season adventures, this time of the year is perfect for splashing in the ocean waves or enjoying hiking or adventures in mountainous regions and rainforests. Bear in mind that road conditions aren’t the best in Costa Rica, so if you’re a nervous traveler, avoid the winter rainy season between May and November.

What to Bring

Costa Rica’s not the place for heels or wedges – pack flip-flops and sandals to keep your feet comfortable day-in, day-out. Save on baggage costs by packing minimal and casual, with a general “beach vibe” and maybe a dress or two for a formal dinner celebration. Coordinate with your mates for things that can be shared, such as hairdressing appliances or other bulky stuff that tends to occupy a lot of space.

Do not forget to bring your passports, bank cards, and vaccination certificates. Allow a margin of at least three months before any of these expire, and always keep photocopies with you. You’ll need to submit proof of your return flight as you enter the country. Your nationality determines the maximum number of days a tourist can stay in Costa Rica, which is a generous 90 days for U.S. citizens.

Although Costa Rica has its own currency, the Costa Rican colón (CRC), U.S. dollars are still acceptable in many places. So, don’t despair if you don’t manage to change currency beforehand. We recommend you bring $250 to $300 per person in cash, as not everywhere can take cards. 

Tropical Heaven Bachelorette Party 

We hope you have the time of your life in Costa Rica, enjoying the right balance of exhilaration and relaxation. Make sure to check out our other resources and guides, including how to throw an affordable bachelorette party, and how to choose the right bachelorette theme for your event.

Is this your first bachelorette party? Check out our ultimate guide on how to plan a perfect bachelorette party.

We’d love to see pictures from your trip – don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @BDR if you found this Costa Rica bachelorette party guide helpful!

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