Costa Rica is a pleasant and relatively accessible destination for older travelers. For those who have health problems, and regard access to medical assistance a top priority, Costa Rica can offer the peace of mind that comes with maintaining a large number of high-quality medical facilities.
One of the major issues for traveling seniors is the poor condition of many sidewalks and roads throughout the nation. Some pedestrian routes can be treacherous for those that struggle from walking disabilities or a poor sense of balance. If you have any doubts, don't hesitate to bring a cane or walking stick. And, as always, make sure to consult your doctor before going on any vacation abroad.
Some tour agencies cater to the needs of older age groups and seniors. Grand Circle (www.gct.com; (800) 597- 3644) is a boston-based organization that designs tours of Costa Rica for visitors who are 50 years of age and up. Elderhostel (www.elderhostel.org; (877) 426-8056) creates relatively inexpensive tours for seniors of age 60 and over, and includes Costa Rica as one of its destinations.