Passport, sunglasses, beach towel, bitcoin (BTC)? A vacation BTC enthusiast demonstrated that the world’s largest cryptocurrency could soon become a vacation essential. Eugenio, a Costa Rican bitcoin maximalist, paid for his holiday with one bitcoin in his wallet during a long weekend on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

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Home to bitcoin adoption and real life whale watching, the cities of Uvita, Dominical, and Ojochal are home to Bitcoin Jungle, a project inspired by Bitcoin Beach, as well as a budding community of Bitcoin-friendly merchants. Jugenio documented his entire bitcoin vacation to his destination on Twitter. He told Cryptooshala: “The only direction I had to use was to fill the tank. [of the car] before leaving”.

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Eugenio explained that he wanted to support adoption and show that anyone can do the same, in a convenient and fun way, “using the Lightning Network seamlessly without the involvement of payment processors or banks.”

“I wanted to be able to pay for my little sister’s ice cream while I was at the beach, for example.”

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Eugenio didn’t just pay for his sister’s ice cream: he paid in bitcoin for pizza, coffee, steaks, and even a trip to the market for kombucha.

Eugenio at the market. Source: Eugenio

Merchants reportedly asked, “Would you like to pay with Lighting or online?” On-net transactions take an average of 10 minutes to confirm and are slow and sometimes expensive. Lightning transactions are almost instant, almost free, and are “a win-win for both me and the merchants,” explained Eugenio.

“It’s very convenient, bitcoin is money. You can use it for spending and you can use it for savings, you can do it the easy way without the fees and hurdles built into the legacy system, plus you can always redeem Satoshi for the fiat you intended to use in the first place.”

The Lightning network is gradually gaining popularity, and examples of its implementation are slowly spreading like roots around the world. From British families to Senegalese surfers, the appetite for Lightning transactions means that more and more Bitcoin is being used on second-tier platforms.

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Eugenio has some advice for those who don’t want to use LN or an event to visit Costa Rica. Proud Tico (local Costa Rica) suggests, “Don’t overdo it. The place is amazing, safe, full of nature and adventure. Use the Bitcoin Jungle Business Card for guidance and the Lightning Wallet.”

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica showing locations where bitcoins are accepted. Source:

The place accepts Bitcoin “organically” and some locals are proud to accept Bitcoin, Eugenio told Cryptooshala.

According to the map above, there is a growing number of merchants in Costa Rica accepting bitcoin with a smile. Summer holidays are in full swing and bitcoin wallets can be on shopping lists around the world, along with passports, sunglasses and sunscreen.