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Digital nomadism may be the number one global trend right now, but it’s clear that some destinations are way ahead of others when it comes to adapting to this reality, simply by relaxing once strict immigration restrictions or even introducing new visas for the category. Now there are numbers, and this small country met all the requirementsrecognized as the best for long-term individual travel in the post-Covid world.

A male hiker explores the jungle in Costa Rica, Central America

Given the extent of its natural wonders, which include nature reserves and the pristine Caribbean and Pacific coast and a strong economy that is one of the fastest growing in America, it is not surprising that it has overtaken other traditional nomad sheltersincluding Indonesia and Thailand.

Finally, Costa Rica receives well-deserved recognition:

The pearl of Central America is becoming more popular by the minute

Aerial view of Carrillo Beach on the Samara Coast of Costa Rica, Central America

Of the 14 destinations listed by Elite Daily, Costa Rica came out on top the best place to travel “for a month alone”. To come to a consensus, the team spoke with experts from Next Vacay, Expedia and, who shared some of the travel trends they’ve noticed in recent months and reviewed other relevant data that pointed to Costa Rica. as the ultimate winner.

According to Elite Daily, these prominent platforms have agreed to name Costa Rica as the world leader in long-term individual travel. In fact, Expedia claims to be ahead of everyone else in the top spot because it ‘equal parts nature-filled peace and unique adventures‘. Again, these comments apply to Costa Rica a strong attraction among nature seekers.

Other recent reports from booking platform seem to back up Expedia’s claims, after it concluded that 74 percent of solo travelers named the “natural world” as their top priority going abroad after Covid. It’s no wonder that more and more of them are drawn to Costa Rica, and to some extent to Central America, because of the wildlife found there.

What makes Costa Rica so attractive to solo travelers?

Female tourist in Costa Rica raising her arms in the air while crossing a landmark suspension bridge, Central America

In particular, Costa Rica meets all of the following criteria:

  • Good public transport
  • Accessibility*
  • Security
  • A variety of things to do while in the country

*This is an incredibly well-connected hub, boasting flights to many destinations in the United States, Canada and throughout the Caribbean

In addition, living in Costa Rica is much more affordable than living in the States or Europe. Americans can comfortably spend an entire month living on a budget of $2,000 or even a much smaller budget of $1,500, depending on overall expenses and housing choices. With rents typically around 71% lower in Costa Rica, we can definitely see why solo travelers are flocking to this Central American gem.

What are the highlights of the country?

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, Central America

Despite the fact that Costa Rica is quite small compared to the USA and Mexico 27 national parks on the national territory, in addition to the fact that approximately five percent of the world’s biodiversity is concentrated here. Yes, it is is is famous for its jungles, but cloud forests, dry forests, rainforests, coral reefs and many other wonders also enrich the country’s natural treasures.

The bustling capital of San Jose rivals other urban centers in the region, such as Panama City in Panama and Managua in Nicaragua, in offering visitors a combination of Spanish colonial architecture and a modern metropolis of the 21st century. More importantly, it is the gateway to Costa Rica, served by San Jose International Airport, and with bus connections to numerous destinations throughout the country.

Busy street in Costa Rica, Central America

Among other attractions:

  • arenalan active volcano known for its hot springs
  • Mystic Arenal, a scenic trail with notable suspension bridges
  • Manuel Antonio National ParkPacific Reserve
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserveindoor park with countless hiking trails and outdoor activities
  • Fortuna waterfalliconic cascade 70 meters high
  • Sea Whale National Parka popular whale watching site

One downside: somewhat slower internet compared to the US

A young female remote worker works from her laptop in a peaceful environment in Costa Rica, Central America

On the other hand, at least for nomads who want to stay for a while, Costa Rica has less than impressive fixed broadband speeds, according to Speedtest, it ranks 63rd in the world with a speed of 53.67 Mbps. It still performs better than its strongest competitors, such as Mexico (number 77) and Belize (number 86), but it lags well behind the US (number 8) and Canada (number 22).

This does not mean that the internet in Costa Rica is excruciatingly slow. After all, it is one of the Caribbean countries even faster than Mexico. So don’t worry, you’ll get the job done as decent, reliable Wi-Fi is available in most settings, unless you’re going into the jungle. In this case, we recommend purchasing a local SIM card.

A woman photographs an unknown waterfall in Costa Rica, Central America

Elite Daily’s 14 Best Long-Term Travel Destinations

Other destinations that have been featured on the Elite Daily list include:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Vietnam
  3. Ireland
  4. Seattle, USA
  5. Norway
  6. Portugal
  7. Greece
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Budapest, Hungary
  10. Miami, USA
  11. Belize
  12. Oaxaca, Mexico
  13. Bali, Indonesia
  14. Thailand
Male traveler holding US passport before international trip

Of the countries listed above, only Costa Rica, Belize, Bali and Thailand have digital visa agreements, allowing long-term travelers, including Americans, to live and work freely in the country as long as the source of income is from abroad and certain financial requirements are met. Other countries, such as Portugal and Hungary, have announced plans to launch their own in the near future.

More details:

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Costa Rica officially launches a new digital nomadic visa with a simple process

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In 2022, Americans will be able to travel to these 186 countries without a visa

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