Last Updated on February 13, 2024

Solo female travel is a growing trend empowering women to explore the world on their own terms and challenge stereotypes. When I first traveled to Costa Rica, I went with my family. It is a wonderful destination to share with those I love.

I was impressed to meet a retired schoolteacher at my resort who says she comes to Costa Rica every year — all by herself.

Curiosity had the best of me and I asked why she enjoys traveling alone, and also why she chooses Costa Rica for a one-month getaway every year.

First of all, let’s look at why she enjoys solo travel and probably why so many others do as well, no matter their age.

Solo travel means you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, and dine wherever you choose. There’s no “everyone gets a vote” on it, so as my newfound friend Gladys said, “I don’t need fellow travelers to agree or disagree and I want to see the world and not wait for others.”

She says she is never lonely because on her travels she gets to meet a lot of people, so, though she is traveling solo she is not alone. “

After all,” I thought “She’s sitting here chatting with me.”

Falling in Love with Costa Rica

Waterfalls of Costa Rica.
Waterfalls of Costa Rica. Photo by Noreen Kompanik

I can totally vouch that Costa Rica is a destination where you literally have it all. Beaches? Check. Waterfalls? Check. Exotic wildlife? Check.

Then there are the volcanoes, natural hot springs, national parks and reserves, lush rainforests, misty cloud forests and a kaleidoscope of other activities.

Where You Stay Matters

I met Gladys while staying at the Marriott Vacation Club at Los Sueños in coastal Herradura which shares the property and amenities with Marriott at Los Sueños. I can vouch that this is an impressively beautiful resort with stunning pools and beaches, meandering waterfalls and outstanding dining venues.

As Gladys said, “All my needs are met, the staff is extremely helpful and friendly, and I feel completely so safe and at home here.”

Another benefit of staying in a resort community is that there are lots of activities and tours, both on-site and close by to help you immerse in the local culture.

Venturing Out to Explore

Megan, a much younger writer colleague of mine who also loves traveling solo, enjoys her Costa Rica getaways. When travelling there, she always uses a certified tour guide for an individual or small-group excursion.

Though she has never felt unsafe whether staying in the old town capital of San Jose or in a coastal volcanic or rainforest location, she says she always remains aware of her surroundings.

“The Costa Rican people are so kind and engaging and want to share the love of their piece of paradise with those who come to visit,” Megan added. “There has never been a time where I have felt the least bit unsafe.”

Megan says that coming to such a diverse destination like Costa Rica allows her to be free and independent while getting to know a new culture, new foods and new experiences.

“I have much more vivid recollections from my solo travels, especially here in Costa Rica,” she added. “I’ll never forget seeing scarlet macaws and other exotic birds in the wild at Carera National Park with my private guide. Because he was a professional photographer as well, the photo tips he provided allowed me to capture some unbelievable shots along with spotting such unbelievable local wildlife such as a myriad of colorful poison dart frogs.”

There’s no doubt following my trip to Costa Rica that I would return, even if it was a solo trip. Traveling alone is one of the most liberating and best self-learning experiences you will ever experience. When we put ourselves out of our comfort zones, that’s where the magic happens. 

Finding Costa Rica’s “pura vida” (the pure life) is one of the most joyous of life experiences. Costa Rica is a country of activity and adventure and one of the best places to enjoy an unforgettable solo trip!


  • Noreen Kompanik

    Noreen Kompanik is a retired registered nurse, legal nurse consultant and military spouse turned travel writer. She launched her travel writing career in 2014 and has over 1,000 published articles in a variety of digital and print publications.