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What to pack for living in Guanacaste?

What to pack for living in Guanacaste?

So you’re all set and ready to start your Guanacaste experience! Now what should you bring... while staying within those luggage restrictions?

Guanacaste has gorgeous natural landscapes year-round, and a very hot climate. From the drier heat November through April, to more humid conditions May through October, be prepared to sweat a little in paradise.


For your leisure time in Guanacaste, clothing should be made of lighter, breathable material and looser clothing allows for a little ventilation. Whether you exercise or not, work out clothing usually has the best type of material to wear in hot weather to keep you cool and dry. Shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, dresses; think summer sun and fun all year! That being said, the climate can get wetter in the rainy season, so a lightweight rain-jacket, umbrella and waterproof shoes are good to have on hand.

Guanacaste has a plethora of beaches to explore, so to get the most out of your experience, pack swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a beach bag and a towel to snooze in the sand on. There are some sweet spots to snorkel in, so if you have a snorkel mask already, it might be cheaper than buying one here. 

Like any work environment, you want to look professional when teaching- so, it’s not always beach clothes when teaching in Guanacaste! For the men, think light, full-length slacks and loose, short-sleeved shirts. Ladies, long skirts and dresses are best to teach in, or some loose slacks with a blouse. It’s also good to think about certain areas that may be revealing. It can get pretty windy sometimes, and the classroom is partially outside, so we don’t want any Marilyn Monroe moments in front of the students!

For those looking to teach in the Central Valley or the mountains after the course, the climate is much cooler and working dress codes are generally more formal, so if you can, definitely try to pack for where you want to work. 


The right choice in shoes is very important, especially when watching out for those pesky scorpions!  Flip-flops or casual sandals are a must have, for strolling around campus or on the beach. Costa Ricans are rarely barefoot, even in their own homes, so get with the locals and get yourself a pair!

Dress shoes are needed for teaching and nice sandals (not flip-flops) can be worn, but it shouldn’t look like you just wandered in off the beach (so wipe off that sand!). 

Run-around sneakers you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy are ideal for rustic Guanacaste. 

If you’re the more adventurous type who loves to roam the mountains or the jungle, then a decent pair of hiking boots are important. Rain boots are also a good idea in the rainy season.


Don't forget the following:  

  • High-strength bug spray to ward off the mosquitos

  • Sunscreen! The sun can be intense and you’ll get through a lot when chilling on the beach all day. Plus, it’s more expensive here, so stock up at home.

  • Any special preferences for shampoo, conditioner, body/face washes; it can be harder and more expensive to get your favorites here.

  • Razors, especially if the gentlemen like a fresh face for teaching.

  • Medication you may need. 

  • Antiperspirant- it gets hot in the tropics!

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