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June 1, 2022

3 Great Phone Apps for Costa Rica

Sunshine, sand, and cellphones: Welcome to Costa Rica!

If you’re going to spend some quality time in the Land of Pura Vida, you might as well download a few apps on your celly to enhance the travel experience. Here are 3 great phone apps for Costa Rica:



Without completely ignoring the obvious app choices — you most certainly want Waze (driving directions), WhatsApp (general communication) and Google Translate (how good is your non-Taco-Bell Spanish?) on that cellphone — here are three additional apps we suggest for your trip to paradise:

1. Animals of Costa Rica:


“What was that???” is a common phrase we hear from travelers. It could be a possum or a hare, a bird or a bat, a rodent or a reptile. This neat little app, Animals of Costa Rica, (or here on Google Play) helps you identify everything from millipedes to mollusks while you’re out and about exploring the Central American jungle. If you want to take an even deeper dive, check out the “Costa Rica Wildlife Blog” section of the website for some incredibly detailed links and studies of all things outdoors. Some of the apps below are free and some come with a small fee, but all and all these apps will be a great addition to your iPhone or LG.

To download the app.

2. History of Costa Rica:


A little education goes a long way. Learning a bit about this unique nation can really enhance your time here. It’ll allow for a slightly different perspective as you tour the coast and countryside, or lounge poolside at your luxury vacation villa. Some of the most important moments in Costa Rica’s history happened in 1502 (Christopher Columbus makes landfall near Manuel Antonio), 1838 (Costa Rica gains full independence from the Federal Republic of Central America), and 1948 (the nation’s military is dismantled). History of Costa Rica makes for some fantastic airplane reading material (not to mention you’re going to look like a genius at the bar sharing all of your new, local knowledge).

To download the app.

3. Costa Rica National Park Guide :


Many of the guests at our tropical vacation rentals tell us how much they enjoy watching the wildlife. Spotting macaws, toucans, and even sloths, right from the comfort of their villas. But that’s no reason to miss out on booking a tour to see the amazing national parks of Costa Rica as well! This app supplies park details, driving directions, photos, and visitor reviews. The information comes straight from people who have spent time at each location. Make it a priority to visit at least one national park during your Costa Rica vacation. The immense outdoor beauty will blow you away. Email us now to reserve at [email protected].

To download the app.


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