I know, I know, you want to get a tan. Return to the North with a golden glow – a prize to show the poor chums stuck in the gray clouds of winter. But don’t over do it! Do not forget Costa Rica is quite close to the equator – ten degrees – give or take a peninsula. That makes a huge difference to tender skin. Ooh, how I’ve cringed at the pain I’ve suffered while spending too much time hiking the parks or playing for hours on the sandy beach.
No need to worry, you’ll get a tan, and your vitamin D will be restored within minutes of exposure. But sunburn will leave you sick, in pain, and sitting the next one out. The Costa Rica Tourism board reports that sunburn alters travel plans more than any other reason.