Even if this is your second vacation to the sun-kissed shores of Costa Rica, it’s always better to have practical info at your fingertips before you land and during your travels. From quick Spanish translations to instant flight alerts, these popular travel apps are your new best friend! Read about our top five recommendations for your smart phones.
FlightTrack Pro has garnered tons of praise for its user-friendly interface that lets you manage international flights, with updates in real time of delays and cancellations. The app has nifty maps and tracks more than 1,300 different airlines across thousands of airports. Even better, the app boasts terminal maps, flight alerts and lets you know about any weather-related delays. FlightTrack Pro costs $9.99 and is compatible with Androids, Blackberries and iPhones/iPads.
This amazing app syncs all your Costa Rica travel plans in one convenient location. All you have to do is forward your emailed confirmations (for vacation rental, car rental, flights, etc.) and TripIt magically assembles the data, which you can share with friends on Twitter and Facebook, or post on your mobile calendar. Most casual vacationers can benefit from the free version, but for a $50 yearly fee, the app is upgraded with tons of extras like alternate flight checkers, airline alerts and even free access to select business lounges.
While most Costa Ricans – especially in the tourist industry – speak English fluently, Spanish is still the country’s native language. Need help with a confusing sign, understanding directions, or deciphering a menu item? Google translate to the rescue. Simply type the phrase into a word box or use the voice/microphone option to decode the phrase instantly. Translating on the fly has never been so easy – with communication barriers removed. The app is free for iPhones/iPads and Androids.
Captivating photos of stunning sunsets, wide-eyed monkeys and zipline adventures are sure to fill up your smartphone during your Costa Rica travels. Want to make your friends and family envious? Send them pics instantly with Flickr’s revamped app, which lets users upload images to Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. Best of all, Flickr gives you free storage for hundreds of thousands of pics (1 terabyte) for free and now comes with a cool built-in camera.
There are lots of messenger apps out there, but Whatsapp is hands-down the most widely used in Costa Rica. Stay connected with your family and friends (and new Costa Rican contacts) while you’re basking in the sun, climbing the slopes of a volcano, or watching a family of playful squirrel monkeys in the jungle. Wireless internet and 3G coverage lets you send real time messages, videos and photos for free – with no SMS fees! This useful app (which is free) is available for iPhones, Androids, Windows Phones, Blackberries and Nokia.