Costa Rica is known for its stunning array of natural landscapes, unique microclimates, and biodiversity, with beautiful beaches, dense cloud forests, blazing volcanoes, wildlife, and national parks. The country produces delicious Costa Rican coffee and chocolate. A perfect destination for surfers, nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers and home to incredibly happy residents who greet one another with ‘Pura Vida’ (pure life). A small, yet incredibly diverse nation that features four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, countless National parks, 8 biological reserves, 200 volcanic formations, and 5% of the world`s biodiversity.
San Jose City is the bustling capital city boasting spectacular museums, vibrant squares and fantastic cuisine. Arenal Volcano is one of the country`s main attractions and a stunning sight to see. Monteverde Cloud Forest is a magical natural location found in the verdant forest and a fantastic destination for nature lovers and bird watchers. The stunning sparkling coastline of Costa Rica is home to idyllic tropical beaches including the serene shores of Guanacaste Beaches and the deep blue waters of the Pacific. The mountainous heart of Costa Rica where the breathtaking Sarapiqui Rainforest brimming with flora and fauna along with the surrounding mountains provide endless outdoor activities including zip lining, tree top walks, zip lining and more.
Costa Rica is a great country to visit year-round and basically features two main seasons; Dry Season also known as High Season and Rainy Season which is also referred to as Green Season. The wettest months are from May through November and dryer months are November to April. The dry season is obviously a fantastic time to be outdoors and escape the harsh winters of the Northern hemisphere providing endless outdoor opportunities for travelers. Green Season is a wonderful time to see the country in bloom when flowers are blossoming and the forests and mountains are verdant green. The perfect season for nature lovers to explore the great outdoors and see a variety of animals and plant species.
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel, and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
The best way for visitors to get around Costa Rica is to rent a car, this gives the opportunity to explore Arenal and the other amazing locations and countryside. Having your own vehicle allows you to go where you want, when you want and to create your own agenda with lots of freedom to explore. There are many rental car companies found at the main airports as well as in the major cities, renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle while in Costa Rica is highly recommended.
The currency of Costa Rica is the Colon. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for colones upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout the city. For more detailed information, consult our guide to tipping in Costa Rica
90 percent of Costa Ricans speak Spanish as their first language. English may be spoken at your hotel and in the tourist areas, but not everywhere. We suggest that you get a good English-Spanish dictionary and familiarize yourself with common phrases such as hello, goodbye, excuse me and numbers 1-10.