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Why Costa Rica’s southern Nicoya Peninsula is a Perfect Choice for Solo Women Travellers

The light is now visible at the end of the tunnel, and soon enough the whole world will open for business again. What’s the first thing you’re going to want to do?

Travel, of course! 

We think that’s a great idea. In fact, to be honest, we hope your travels bring you right to our door, where we can show you what we call hospitality! But, confessions of self-promotion aside, allow us to tell you why we genuinely think that Costa Rica, and our tranquil little corner of it in particular, are perfect for Solo Women Travelers, and frankly, almost everyone else.

You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor.

That rule certainly applies here. Costa Rica is an eye-boggling bonanza of nature experiences, with an ample supply of travel and accommodation services to meet your travel needs. If you want to spend big and enjoy some luxury, you can find that here too.
However, if you’re like most of us, your travel adventure needs to find the balance between boundlessness and budgetary restraint, well, Costa Rica, and the southern Nicoya has what you need. 

Our region has a variety of possible adventures, and a slice of each can be had for a reasonable cost, allowing you to sample pretty much the whole buffet without making your banker text you to say they’re worried about the direction your life is taking.
There are cheap dorm rooms, and classic hotels, and in a few locations, cabinas on the beach, offering the perfect mix of privacy, security, seclusion for reading/yoga/writing, and opportunities to socialize as well, all in one place.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

As we said up front, we think our region is perfect for lots of travelers, solo female travelers included. Actually, we meet lots. You can even connect with them on our Instagram. In fact, here’s a first-hand account by a solo female traveler of just how right we are on this point; solo travel here is fun and safe! And the best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of adventure, and desire to make your own trail.

Our region has long stretches of undeveloped beach, where the jungle and the rivers flow unincumbered, right to the shore. Go explore it at will! Or just as good, wander up river, and see what Mother Nature has been up to in the jungles of Central America for the last few thousand years… because not much has changed! It’s pristine, and it’s waiting for you to make the trail. And better yet, it’s safe to do so, for solo female travelers and anyone else.

See, here’s the best thing about Costa Rica, and the southern Nicoya region where we are; you can be a ship resting in the harbor all day (of course by harbor we mean hammock), and then venture forth, visiting the stunning Cabo Blanco, the nearby waterfalls, the butterfly gardens, or surf the waves, and snorkel in the depths in the world’s biggest aquarium (aka the Pacific Ocean). If you want a more detailed account of our specific area, read our Local Visitors’ Guide.
After all that, you won’t be returning home the same person who left… you will be changed by the journey… just like the ship we were talking about. Hopefully you won’t be covered in
barnacles, but you get where we’re coming from.

Adventure changes you. So come get yours!

A ship in harbor is safe; but that’s not what ships are built for. – Some Witty

Now, for solo female travelers there are always some clever things to know to keep yourself
safe from the rare and unfortunate events that sometimes happen. We may want to flirt with life, but maybe not so much with danger and other avoidable pitfalls! You should be excited about your travels, so allow us to present a couple of good, safety-oriented, peace-of-mind suggestions for you.

Before you go, take photos of all your important documents and email them to yourself.

We’ve all seen the youtube videos where the monkey steals the handbag, and, as hilarious as it is, if you happen to lose all your ID and cards, etc, to a lesser primate, it’s good to have a backplan. If you store this info on your personal email, the only thing you need to retrieve it is your own email password.

Leave your fanciest stuff at home.

It’s true; we all want some killer photos of ourselves on vacation, looking great, but, with some valuables it might be worth asking yourself ahead of time if you really need it. Or, another way to ask the question is, will I be just as happy if I lose this somehow on my trip? If the answer is ‘no’, then maybe don’t bring it. It’s always a good general rule to avoid attracting too much attention to yourself in places you’re unfamiliar with. Just let your smile and stunning personality do the work, and save the bling for home.

Ask around about safety tips for your area.

Your hotel staff or hosts will likely be an excellent source of information for this. You can reach out before you travel, and also have a casual chat when you arrive. You know what they say; information is power. If you want a good refresher on safety tips from a seasoned female traveler in her own voice, you can check right here. But the truth is, the biggest danger you’re likely to face here is sore cheeks from smiling too much (or maybe from a slight sunburn; depending on which cheeks we’re talking about!)

Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, “I would stay and love you, but I
have to go.” – Lisa St. Aubin de Terin.

Isn’t this what we all want? We want to love life, and seize the day, be our better selves, and all those sayings that people put on fridge magnets. But there is truth to them, and it’s likely that at least some of that is a part of why you’re going to all this trouble to see the world. Well, we agree. It’s worth pursuing. It’s like searching for your own true heart.

After all, whether you come see us at Calala Lodge or not, we hope your travels are fantastic, and fill you with memories and the desire to sail on to even farther horizons. Or come see us once a year. Heck, we won’t mind at all! We miss you already, and we haven’t even met.

Of course, if you do want to come see us, we’re really this much fun in person too. And we have a great spot on a quiet beach, surrounded by jungle, and opportunities for authentic experience and adventure. We’d love to tell you more, so reach out, and let us help plan your upcoming adventure, whether you’re a solo female traveler, or someone else.

We can’t wait to meet you!


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Taking care of our guests and staff

As we welcome you back to our lodge, we are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19.

Social distancing is pretty easy at the lodge, the beach nearby are always empty and the line-up at the surf breaks are never crowded. Our cabins are independent from each other and, in the restaurant and pool area, there is plenty of space between tables and deck chairs.
These are the new guidelines and practices we have recently implemented:

• Our team members are receiving ongoing briefings and enhanced operating protocols.

• We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including all surfaces, door handles, restaurant bathrooms, etc.) and have continued the use of hospital-grade disinfectant.

• We will continue to adjust food and beverage service in accordance with current food safety recommendations. The buffet breakfast has been replaced with a “á la carte” option.

• We have increased the deployment of hand sanitizers.

• We have increased the separation between tables in the restaurant by creating new spaces and reducing the number of tables available.