Costa Rica: General travel tips

In this article, I’m going to cut to the chase and provide my general tips for anyone considering a trip to Costa Rica. Navigation First of all, get a GPS. A good one, with batteries that will last all day. You’ll probably want it to be water-resistant as well. We have a Garmin eTrex Legend HCx, which fits the bill perfectly. It’s rugged, waterproof, runs for over a day on two AA cells you can buy at any store, and has a transflective LCD screen that is readable in anything from bright sunlight to pitch darkness.


The American Red Cross will no longer take blood donations from me, because they think I might have mad cow disease. Anybody who has spent more than 3 months in the UK since 1980, or 6 months elsewhere in Europe, is now ineligible to donate blood. In fact, one of the major vectors of possible nvCJD spread isn’t blood donation—it’s pharmaceuticals, particularly vaccinations. Many vaccinations are cultured in animals, and UK research suggests that they may carry nvCJD.