Hi! We are Thomas from Germany and Sarah from the US. You can find us chasing fabulous vibes around Costa Rica while sticking to a budget.

Here’s a commercial that Skyscanner made about us so you can get a taste of our story…

To give you a better idea of who we are and our vibe we created an FAQ section to answer the questions we get asked the most.

How did you two meet?

We met in 2010 while volunteering for a year in a community for adults with mental disabilities in Virginia.

Sarah had just graduated college and wasn’t really interested in the whole 9-5 thing yet and Thomas had to complete nine months of civil service which was required by the German government at that time. He was able to complete this requirement by volunteering and he could even do it overseas.

Somehow we both ended up in the same little village in Virginia at the same time. We don’t really believe in fate or destiny, but we can say that we feel really freaking lucky that we met because our life together is better than anything we could have ever imagined.

After just a few months together we needed to decide our future.

Thomas needed to go back to Germany because his visa was about to run out. Sarah tends to act with her heart rather than what is logical so two months after Thomas left the US, Sarah left as well and we started our life together in Germany.

How did you end up living in Costa Rica?

After four years living in Germany, Sarah was really ready for a change. She gets seasonal depression and the constant gray days were killing her productivity in life.

Sarah was teaching English at the time and we figured it would possible for her to do this job from anywhere in the world. Thomas, on the other hand, works in a job in which it is kind of necessary that he works at a German company. It is much more difficult for him to find a job internationally.

He started applying for jobs around the world and when he was offered a job in San Jose, Costa Rica, Sarah was all like, “Pack your bags. We’re going.” He was a bit more hesitant about the whole thing, but she eventually got him on the same page.

In all honesty, it was the best decision we ever made. We absolutely love it here!

Why did you start Costa Rica Vibes?

We started Costa Rica Vibes after living here for a year and traveling around the country. We realized there is a serious lack of available information on how to travel in Costa Rica while sticking to a budget.

When you start to plan your Costa Rica travels you will likely be bombarded with info on 5-star hotels and expensive tours. That’s just not our vibe and it doesn’t need to be yours either.

We also realized that there are tons of amazing small businesses here in Costa Rica that just can’t compete with the big companies. We wanted to be a voice for the amazing companies and places which most Costa Rica tourists never get a chance to experience.

What is your travel style?

Sarah is usually the one planning the trips. Thomas is the one picking up the pieces and ironing out the details (how very German of him).

Sarah is the dreamer. Thomas is the practical thinker.

As far as traveling goes, we are a bit of a contradiction. We like to have everything such as transportation and accommodations arranged ahead of time but tend to go with the flow as far as activities.

We love to see a lot of the places we are visiting, but we also like to stop and just enjoy the moment. It is not unusual for us to spend a whole day drinking margaritas on a beach and then spend the next day doing a five-hour long hike and wrapping up the day by kayaking.

We like to get the best deals possible (which we, of course, will always share with you) but we also like to find the coolest places with the best vibes.

We are all about finding off the beaten path activities and supporting small local businesses.

Oh and we love to be outside!

Where should I visit in Costa Rica?


No, but seriously we think Costa Rica is such a unique country because it is so small but every area has a completely different vibe (hence why we named our site Costa Rica Vibes).

Below this FAQ section, we go through our favorite picks of places to visit. Check that out for some inspiration.

We also have detailed Destination Guides. These will really help you get a feel for the vibe at different places throughout the country.

Can you help me plan my trip?

We can, to an extent. One of us is always available by email and we’re more than happy to answer your questions, but we just don’t have the time to plan everyone’s vacations.

Because of that, we just created an entire section of extremely detailed itineraries. These are free to access and will give you a lot of great ideas for your travels.

Here are our favorite places in Costa Rica to give you some travel inspiration!


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As I mentioned before, feel free to email with any questions you have.

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We would like to take our 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren (ages 8 and 11) to Costa Rica next Spring. The trouble is, the family with the grandchildren prefers the beach, and my husband and I (we are in our late 70s) and our adult daughter prefer hiking and seeing wildlife. Can these two needs be met? Should we rent a house? Stay in an all-inclusive resort (I love Casa Corcovado, but let’s keep the price reasonable!). Rent a car and go two different places to please everyone? Where would you recommend?

Dolores Ann Robinson

We are planning to fly into San Jose. We will arrive Feb 21 – March 10th. Other than being in San Jose for a week, what would you recommend doing and going the rest of the time. Not familiar at with Costa Rica. We are in our late 70’s but healthy.


Hey you two,
I just read 5 mins on your blog and I am sure that our style of traveling matches. Me and my gf will be in Costa Rica for a total of 22 full days with a 4×4 car. My question. Should we do „whole“ Costa Rica, meaning East West South and North or maybe skip a part due to time (road conditions)? Thanks for the help. Cheers from Germany, Dario

Erin Yandle

WOW, what an awesome website! It has been so helpful. My friend and I are planning 10 days in Costa Rica, (we are coming to Central America from New Zealand) and I am keen to rent a car however she is worried that we will struggle with reading signs and finding our way as neither of us speak Spanish. Also, I have heard it is almost impossible to get car insurance in Costa Rica. Thanks, Erin


Hey Guys! Just found your site! Congrats on your upcoming marriage! So I am an avid traveler, and so are my sons, so I found a deal 7 nights in Costa Rica for $719 including airfare and hotels and transportation to hotels. 1 night San Jose, 2 nights Arenal Volcano area, 3 nights Manuel Antonio area, 1 night San Jose. I am from NYC so driving is not an issue for me, but honestly we are going to be moving around a bit, and I rather enjoy the sights rather than have to figure out where we are going. What… Read more »

Marianne Silva

I have found your site to be so helpful and informative! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica Aug 26th to Sept. 3rd. After reading your site thoroughly, I have mapped out a route, but feel it might be too much for the time that we have. I am just having a hard time deciding what to take out! We arrive at 9pm on Aug 26th and will be renting a car from Adobe through your site. I am thinking 1 night near the airport, 1 night in Tortuguero, 2 nights in Puerto Viejo or Cahuita… Read more »

Blake Plysiuk

Hi, Your website was a great resource for our recent trip to Playa Santa Teresa. My wife and I traveled to Costa Rica from British Columbia Canada with our two young daughters and some of our immediate family as a family vacation spurred on by my sister. We loved Costa Rica and found your website to be a great resource for the trip. We used the link to Adobe rental car and had a great experience with Adobe for the trip. A tip to anyone travelling with kids and driving is that the roads are mayhem and very rough in… Read more »


So glad I found this blog! We are traveling to Jaco in April for my friends wedding and all of your posts have been EXTREMELY helpful so far! This will be my first time traveling outside of the US, so I’m sure I’m in for a culture shock. Your blog is definitely making me feel more prepared for the trip and less anxious about things that could go wrong. Murphy’s Law. My boyfriend is AD in the Navy. Just curious if you have heard of anyone running into problems at Customs if they are AD or any advice? When asked… Read more »


Hey guys! I have been reading your site all day and I feel I finally found someone who actually travels the way I like it and that I can trust your recommendations! I’m going next week to CR arriving at 5:00pm (mon 12) and leaving 5:00pm (sun 18) we are from Mexico so we are looking to see places with a lot of wildlife and also to find a cool hotel for a few days at the beach (not too fancy or expensive) so the first plan we are working on is to go to san gerardo de dota spend… Read more »

George Taylor

Hi Folks,
I’m a Canadian senior adventure seaker looking for a 6 to 10 day back packing, hiking,camping, experience vrs guided tours, buses and hostels. Are there any opportunities here for that type of experience.


Lots of great info, we have connected on Girls love travel. I was wondering about SIM cards from the airport for my unlocked Samsung, any suggestions? We don’t plan on doing much calling but like having text option and Uber option. Ty leaving in a couple weeks plan on heading directly to bus stati9n to catch bus to Cahuito so getting from airport to bus station on Uber might be the way to go. Thanks for your info! Kimberly