For a small country, Costa Rica will keep you moving and everyday can be a new adventure. Versatility is the key to packing for a destination with so many different activities, climates, and landscapes. Take a look below for outfit ideas for what to wear in Costa Rica!

 


What To Wear in  Costa Rica


 

 Plane

For plane rides I like to wear some of my bulkier items. A maxi dress will keep you warm and are very comfortable on long days of sitting and waiting.

 

Helena Denim Jacket

 

High/Low Jersey Tank Dress

 

Ecco Damara Sandals

 

Layer on a denim jacket for warmth and stylish sandals to finish off your travel day outfit.

 

 

Water Sports

With the Pacific on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Costa Rica is not lacking in coastline or water related activities. A trip isn’t complete without white water rafting on the river or paddle boarding on the lake.

 

Athleta Shorts

 

Ipanema Gladiator Sandal

 

JCrew Bikini Top

 

Aeo Favorite V-Neck Tee

 

 

In addition to your swimsuit, take along a pair of board shorts and some waterproof sandals to keep you comfy while you play.

If feasible, bring along an extra set of clothes in your daypack to change into after your tour. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen and environmentally friendly bug spray on all your outings.

 

 

 Beach

After your energizing tours, it’s time to make a relaxing stop to one of the many beach towns.

 

Flyaway Bikini Top

 

Ipanema Gladiator Sandal

 

Roxy Tank Dress

 

Bring along two swimsuits to alternate between beach days. If you opt for bikinis, choose two that you can mix and match for more options.

Select a light dress for your beach cover-up that can double as an outfit for daytime exploring.

Dress it up with jewelry and add a light jacket for a causal dinner or oceanfront stroll.

 

 

Rainforest

There is a lot of opportunity for adventure activities in Costa Rica. Once you have had your fill of the water make your way inland for trekking and zip lining through the rainforest.

Surprisingly, in can become quite chilly in the cloud forest area especially in the mornings.

 

Under Armour Twist Tee

 

Asics Gel-Fit Nova Training Shoe

 

The North Face Venture Jacket

 

Gap Boyfriend Shorts

 

A raincoat is ideal for keeping you warm and dry. Use it to cover up a quick-dry tee and cotton shorts.

Light sneakers work well for exploring and can dry quickly overnight if needed.

If you plan on taking one of the popular nighttime tours of the rainforest, it’s a good idea to cover up. A pair of jeans and button down shirt is a great combo for keeping mosquitos and bugs at bay.

 

 

Sightseeing

In your downtime, while exploring the towns choose a casual outfit that will also work for some of your other activities.

Denim shorts and a stylish shirt are great for any of your shopping and sightseeing outings.

 

BDG Mid-rise Breezy Shorts

 

American Eagle Embroidered Tank

Damara Sandals

 

Denim is always a good option because it requires fewer washings and coordinates with everything.

 

 

Plane

For your homebound trip, your pants and cotton shirt will keep you warm and comfortable on the cold plane and while waiting in airports.

 

American Eagle White Button-down

 

Damara Sandals

 

Express Low-Rise Skinny Jean

 

Look for a shirt made from a cotton polyester blend. They have the best properties of both materials and are less prone to wrinkling. Wear your sneakers home to free up space in your luggage for your new souvenirs.

 


All of these items can be mixed and re-worn to create outfits throughout your stay. A small amount of well thought out clothing can go a long way. Be smart about what you pack, and you will have everything you need for a wonderful Costa Rican vacation. Pure Vida!

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