Costa Rica has been called the happiest country on earth for good reasons. From the warm and friendly spirit of the Ticos (Costa Rican residents) to the peaceful, laidback culture famously summarized as “Pura Vida” (translation: pure life) — it’s one of the most welcoming destinations for volunteers, backpackers and travelers of all sorts.

It’s why uVolunteer has chosen Costa Rica as one of our three volunteer abroad destinations.

And to share our best tips and advice for visiting Costa Rica, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide with everything you need to know, including money-saving tips, top things to do and see, traditional Costa Rican dishes to try, and more!

Whether you want to volunteer in Costa Rica or you’re just planning a vacation, read the guide for a basic primer on what you need to know before going.

Click here to read the full guide.