10 Things You Must Bring to Monteverde Costa Rica
If you’re coming to visit our area, you will probably find the following list pretty helpful. Short, sweet and to the point.
1. Warm Clothing
Temperatures are a lot cooler in Monteverde compared to the beach, especially at night when the high humidity makes it feel pretty cold.
Hardly any hotel or lodge will have an in-room heating system, so bring long pants, long sleeve shirts, and lightweight jackets.
2. Raincoat (or Waterproof Jacket)
Though the rainy season in Costa Rica generally goes from May through November, in Monteverde it can rain at any time of year.
You can always buy raincoats, ponchos and jackets in Santa Elena (town next to Monteverde) but it might not be the best quality and/or a bit pricey, so bring your own.
And be sure to take it with you when you head out to one of the parks. It might look pretty sunny in your lodge, but weather conditions can change pretty quickly.
3. Hiking Boots
You’re here to hike, to walk, to explore, and some trails can get pretty muddy, so bring some sturdy shoes.
Closed toe hiking boots or sneakers are best because of ants and other biting insects, and you may want them to have ankle support.
Sunscreen in Costa Rica can be pretty expensive (sometimes up to 3 times what it would cost in your country) so be sure to bring as much as possible.
Make sure it is at least SPF 30 (though I prefer 50+), it doesn’t sweat off that easily, and it feels lightweight.
5. Insect Repelling
Compared to other areas of the country, mosquitoes are generally not a problem in Monteverde.
However, there will most definitely be some of them lurking around especially in the parks early in the morning and then again at dusk (when you go out to a night tour or dinner).
Try to go for a natural option like lemon-eucalyptus sprays. And remember to be quick and efficient at closing the door behind you whenever you go in your room/cabin at night.
6. Dry Bag
Dry bags will come in handy to keep humidity off your electronics.
You may also want to bring a few of those silica packets from old shoe boxes to keep the inside of your dry bag or camera case moisture free.
This will be especially recommended during the rainy season (May through November) but useful anytime of the year.
7. Alarm Clock
Many hotels and lodges in Costa Rica don’t have alarm clocks and neither do they offer a wake-up call service. Either bring along your cell phone and use that as an alarm or invest in a small alarm clock. It will come in pretty handy to get you on time to breakfast and/or morning tours.
8. Money Belt (and Cash)
Overall, our country is pretty safe. Especially in touristy areas like Monteverde, however, just like anywhere else in the world, crime does occur from time to time. Money belts and Passport Holders will be helpful, especially if you plan to use public transportation. They keep money and IDs hidden and safe.
On the other hand, in a small town like ours, cash is king, especially to small businesses like ours who will appreciate if you can pay with cash. Other small businesses will not take credit cards at all so it’s helpful to bring some extra 20 mil bills (equivalent to approximately 40 USD). This will come in really handy.
9. Small (Basic) Medical Kit
A small medical kit can become pretty useful for minor injuries while hiking like scrapes and cuts. Most parks, lodges and restaurants will have their own kits but that will be of little help if you are deep in the forest, a couple of hours away from a reception so just bring with you something small and basic to erg on the side of caution.
10. Flashlight (or Headlamp)
In remote destinations like Monteverde, you will definitely want a flashlight. Lighting is used little in these places. Our lodge for example is pretty dark, we keep light at a minimum since we are located right in the heart of a private forest with many animals living around us, most of which can be affected by excessive light, so we keep it as dark as we can (not dangerous dark, but probably much darker than what you’re used to). This also adds to the experience of staying in a private Bosque (forest). Headlamps are pretty versatile, too and just like flashlights, they will come in especially handy during night tours (the tour guide can provide one to you but it’s generally recommended to bring your own).