Be prepared for every contingency with this yearâ€™s best travel apps that put critical information at your fingertips. Installing a few of these on your smartphone may prevent hassle and headaches, which nobody wants to deal with on their much anticipated vacation. Â From tracking itinerary details to navigating Costa Ricaâ€™s roads, these apps are worth checking out!
As you book your flight, car rental and begin to schedule tours and accommodations, you may need a little assistance organizing and managing all the details. TripCase consolidates confirmation emails and the most essential travel information like addresses, pertinent data and dates, listing everything in a chronological itinerary.
Learn local phrases with Costa Rica Idioms
Your high school Spanish will serve you well on your Costa Rica travels, but it wonâ€™t help with local slang and idioms that are a part of the daily Tico lexicon. Developed by a Costa Rica couple, this handy app instantly translates Costa Rican slang â€“ phrases not found in textbooks — into English, giving you the upper hand in communication.
Currency conversion made simple
The Costa Rican colon usually hovers around 530 to the US Dollar, which makes on-the-fly conversions a little challenging. For exact exchange rates every time, download the OANDA Currency Converter app. Â It features a simple interface and stands out from the pack for its ability to factor the typical credit card or ATM rate (usually 2 to 3 percent) into conversions.
Never get lost with WAZE
While itâ€™s true that road signage in Costa Rica has come a long way, even the most seasoned of travelers can use a little navigating help from time to time. WAZE to the rescue! This practical app provides real-time traffic information, and is ideal for first-time drivers in Costa Rica who are headed to parts unknown. Sourced from other drivers, this app gives you a heads up on traffic jams, detours and road closures in addition to step-by-step GPS navigation advice.
Get the scoop on weather changes
With Costa Ricaâ€™s many micro-climates, temperatures can fluctuate by as much as 15 degrees in the span of a few hours drive. Â Be prepared with weather alerts, hourly and daily forecasts as well as boating and beach conditions with the Weather Channel app. Just enter your next destination for customized alerts on your smart phone.