7 Handy Free Apps for Living in Costa Rica

7 Handy Free Apps for Living in Costa Rica


There are many useful smart apps to make life easier in Costa Rica with Waze being a God-send to navigate around this country, having no postal addresses or little in the way of road signs.  But there are a few recent new ones out, almost tailor-made for the Pura Vida lifestyle that you may not have come across.  They are free to download, so scan down the list to see if there´s one to suit you:


San José in particular, is notorious for its traffic-jams and although there are not so many alternative routes to avoid them, at least this Free Download will give you a heads-up to have you moving on your way.  Available for iPhone or Android.


For the lovers of nature, Costa Rica is a pure joy to study with its abundance of tropical plants and trees.  This Free Download not only identifies the name of the tree, but gives you a full description of its origin, when it flowers, the average height and much more. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android.


This is extremely useful for those who know little or no Spanish to get by in Costa Rica.  It´s also a great way to improve the language and learn new expressions.  All you have to do is dictate a text instead of typing and listen to the spoken translation.  Free to Download and is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.


To avoid the disappointment of missing an amazing sight in Costa Rica, the Ministry of Tourism have a Free Download  “A Turistear” to advise where best to go with updated promotions and best bargains.  Then use Pura Vida Guide to book your trip!  Available for iPhone, iPad and Android in English.

QUÉ COMEMOS (Food Express)

Don´t want to go out to eat or pick-up a take-away?  Then this Free Download  “Qué Comemos” will suggest 150 restaurants around Costa Rica who will bring your delicious supper straight to the door!  Enter the name into Pura Vida Guide for more information before you order, to avoid disappointment.  Available in English for iPhone, iPad and Android.


Hopefully there´s no need for this Free Download in an emergency for an injured pet, but this useful app finds the closest veterinarian along with grooming parlors and other animal needs in Costa Rica by each province.   Only available for iPhone and iPad.

HOMEKIT for a Smart Home

Leaving home to adventure around the beautiful Costa Rica can become less stressful with this Free Download Homekit.  You can now manage your property whilst you´re away, turning on and off the lights, checking locks, the airflow, shades and many other gadgets in your property without the need of a house-sitter!  Available for iPhone´s only.



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