First comes first. The weather. Make sure to plan your visit for the dry season, from mid-December to April, to experience the most sun, because once you get to Costa Rica, cerdant rainforests, sprawling beaches, intriguing wildlife and imposing volcanoes await!
Sitting between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica’s landscape is painted with towering volcanoes and mountains, lush rainforests, sparking coastal plains and amazing tropical beaches. But a vacation in Costa Rica offers more than a lovely landscape – this tropical country is steeped in rich history dating back to the 1500’s and boasts a community-centered lifestyle that is rare in much of the world. It’s no surprise Costa Rica is considered the “happiest place on earth.”
Once you land, you’ll find it’s easy to experience what Costa Ricans have been talking about since 1956: Pura Vida – a phrase that truly encapsulates the friendly vibe of Costa Rica, and is used by locals and means everything from “Hello,” to “This is the life!”
Nature lovers can explore over 100 national parks, reserves, refuges and protected lands – which make up about 25 percent of the country’s land.
More of a thrill seeker? Costa Rica is a nature lover’s playground, and no matter what your mood, you’ll find a great adventure to suit it. While here, you can fly through the canopy in Selvatura Park, hike to thunderous waterfalls or hot springs next to Arenal Volcano National Park or go white water rafting down the thrilling Pacuare River.
The hotels in Costa Rica are set in some of the most beautiful places that are so remote, being all inclusive is a necessity. If you prefer urban jungles to green ones, the rich history and modern cultural accolades are sure to please. Visitors seeking metropolis-aimed vacations can enjoy San Jose’s colonial-era architecture juxtaposed with the city’s urban street art – the dichotomy creates a dynamic beauty that no other city can quite encapsulate. The sweet smells of Costa Rican bananas, fresh coffee beans and chocolate can be found at the Central Market, and if you’d like to pick up a souvenir, everything from artisan leather goods to handmade musical instruments can be found here.
So what are you waiting for? Costa Rica promises there’ll never be a dull moment.