Costa Rica has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. It’s easy and affordable for anyone, from individuals to families. Here are some of the must-have technologies you should bring along with you on your trip to Costa Rica. Whether it’s a beach getaway or an adventure through the tropical rainforest, you should plan accordingly.
Waterproof Phone Case
Since you’ll be embarking on so many adventures in Costa Rica, your smartphone is at risk for damage. Whether you’re exploring the many beaches and rainforests to be had, your phone needs to be protected. A universal waterproof phone case fits most smartphones. It’ll keep your device safe from dents, drops, sand, scratches, and water. You can embark on your adventures without worrying your phone every second of the time. You can even still use your phone’s touchscreen and camera.
Having an available charger for your smartphone and other devices is important. You don’t want to miss out on those special moments when your device’s battery is low. When you’re taking on various activities in Costa Rica, you don’t want to have to end your adventure early so you can go back to the room you got at the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo with a dead battery to charge. A portable charger can save you from this hassle. Get one that’s the size of a USB flash drive or a tube of lipstick so it can fit safely in your backpack or pocket. It works with most USB connections so you can charge most of your devices while on the go.
Waterproof Underwater Camera
You don’t want to miss out on the perfect underwater shot just because you don’t want to get your camera wet. Since you’ll be enjoying some of the water-related activities that Costa Rica has to offer, it’s best if you can take shots in and out of the water. A waterproof underwater camera is a great alternative to a digital camera or your smartphone’s camera. Most cameras are waterproof up to 30m or more.
Virtual Private Network
When you’re using Wi-Fi on vacation, you don’t want to risk getting your credit card information stolen. The number one reason this happens is that you’re not using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when browsing the Internet on Wi-Fi. A Virtual Private Network is a secure network that provides unrestricted access to the Internet in public places where monitoring your online activity is common. It provides an extra layer of protection between you and potential cyber attackers. You’re safer using a VPN than you are with most online services. With a few taps on your phone, you can stay protected for an affordable price.
If you need phone access in Costa Rica, know that you have several options. Determine what you will use your phone for. Will it just be for making and receiving calls? Or do you want to use the Internet and text messages?
Most hotel rooms like the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo Resort offer in-room phone service with free local calling. If your hotel doesn’t, the concierge should be willing to make a call for you or let you access a public phone. If you need to communicate internationally and you need an Internet connection to do so, then you need to rely on your smartphone.
You can bring your phone and use a SIM card to make long distance calls. Keep in mind that roaming fees can bring unwanted stress. You also have the option to use your own phone and purchase a SIM card in Costa Rica for local calls. This only works if your phone is already unlocked for use with any phone carrier.