Are you seeking a getaway that combines breathtaking natural beauty with vibrant culture? Look no further than Costa Rica! Nestled in Central America, this enchanting paradise beckons with its diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush rainforests and majestic mountains.
The World Economic Forum found that Costa Rica has the most attractive resources (i.e. parks, beaches, mountains, wildlife, etc.) in the world. Therefore it comes as no surprise that more than 25% of its land is protected.
With that said, let’s get you there and give you all the tips, tricks, and tools to plan your trip to Costa Rica.
Allow around 45 minutes from touching the ground to leaving the airport building to clear customs and collect your luggage. There are three major airports to pick from.
Before embarking on your Costa Rican adventure, here are some essential tips:
Expect a tropical climate, with December to April being the dry season and May to November the rainy season. Pack accordingly for both sun and rain.
While Spanish is the official language, many Costa Ricans speak English, especially in tourist areas.
The local currency is the Costa Rican colón (CRC), but US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas.
Tap water is generally safe to drink, but it's advisable to stick to bottled water. Take precautions against mosquito bites and consider travel insurance.
Respect the environment and wildlife. Costa Rica is a leader in eco-friendly tourism, so support sustainable practices during your visit.
A minimum stay of 10 to 14 days will cover the highlights of this scenic country. The country is relatively small in size, ranking somewhere between Denmark and West Virginia, namely 51,100 sq. km (19,700 sq. miles). But, don’t get fooled by its size. Costa Rica dazzles with rolling mountains, lush river valleys, and open plains. And it is thanks to these natural resources that the construction of superhighways is limited. Awesome, is it not?
Whether you plan to join tours, short excursions, or explore on your own, we’ll give you all the tips throughout the article to experience the best holiday ever. All the links we provide are with DIY travel planning in mind. Therefore, you book direct and get instant booking confirmation.
Planning a trip to Costa Rica during public holidays can be a fantastic idea, but it can get pretty busy out there! And it may be more expensive.
No matter where you find yourself in this beautiful country of exquisite landscapes it is best to have a raincoat or a light waterproof jacket handy. The rainy season is usually from May to November.
Starting with Puntarenas, one of Costa Rica’s largest provinces, indulge in sun-soaked beaches stretched along the Pacific Coast. Surf enthusiasts can catch thrilling waves at Jaco Beach, while nature lovers can explore the stunning biodiversity of Manuel Antonio National Park. Puntarenas is a gateway to thrilling outdoor adventures like zip-lining through the rainforest or encountering exotic wildlife on eco-tours.
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Alajuela province is a haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting the iconic Arenal Volcano, known for its picture-perfect cone shape and natural hot springs. Wander through the verdant landscapes of La Fortuna, indulge in soothing thermal baths, or take a hike to witness the fiery spectacle of the volcano’s occasional eruptions. Don’t miss the chance to visit the lush cloud forests of Monteverde, home to a rich array of flora and fauna.
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San Jose, the vibrant capital of Costa Rica, seamlessly blends rich cultural heritage with modern urban delights. Explore the bustling markets of Mercado Central, delve into the country’s history at the National Museum, or revel in the vibrant nightlife and diverse culinary scene. From historical architecture to contemporary art galleries, San Jose offers a multifaceted experience for every traveler.
Limón province, located along the Caribbean coast, offers a taste of vibrant Caribbean culture. Explore the Afro-Caribbean heritage in towns like Puerto Limón and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. Discover the stunning biodiversity of Tortuguero National Park, famous for its turtle nesting sites, or delve into the lush rainforests of Cahuita National Park for wildlife encounters and pristine beaches.
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Guanacaste, renowned for its stunning coastline and diverse ecosystems, invites visitors to unwind on magnificent beaches like Playa Conchal and Tamarindo. Experience authentic Costa Rican cowboy culture at festivals celebrating the region’s ranching heritage. Discover the impressive Rincon de la Vieja National Park, known for its volcanic landscapes, hot springs, and abundant wildlife.
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