Costa Rica Travel Guide
Are you looking for a place where to spend your vacation? The answer of this question is quite simple: go to Costa Rica and be part if this paradise!
Costa Rica- Geography
Located in the Central American isthmus, between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is a privileged destination because of its mild climate and wonderful landscapes. It may be certainly said that this small country is the perfect getaway for spectacular holidays.
Costa Rica is situated 10° north of the equator which makes it be a tropical country with only two seasons: dry and green. The dry season is extremely little in raindrops and lasts from late December to April. The wet season lasts the rest of the year. The Carribean coast stays green all year round and it is due to the humidity, but sometimes tends to get a bit oppressive.
The central mountainous region has a more temperate climate. The highest peak is Cerro Chirripo (3,820 m). As they are volcanic mountains, Irazu Volcano is supposed to be the highest volcano (3,431 m) and the most famous in the country.
Costa Rica comprises several islands such as Cocos Island and Calero Island, the largest of the country.
Historically, Costa Rica was the land first reached by Christopher Columbus in 1502.
Costa Rica – Flora and Fauna
Costa Rica supports a huge variety of wildlife, being home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. Corcovado National Park, Tortuguero Natinal Park, Turrialba Volcano National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve are known for their biodiversiy and where visitors can see an abundance of wildlife.
Costa Rica- Tips for Tourists
Touristically, Costa Rica is the most visited country in the Central America. It offers a great deal of facilities and good accomodation. If you want to visit Costa Rica, you must know that a six-month validity passport is requiered as well as the return ticket. ID, visa and a minimum cash availability of $ 200 is also necessary. People having passports from USA, Canada and most of European countries do not need a visa to enter the country.
Costa Rica’s currency is the colón but many prices for tourists are posted in US dollars.
Costa Rica- Transport
There is an excellent tourist infrastructure in Costa Rica, especially in the areas of ecoturism and adventure trips. Travelling around the country is possible with facilities by Rent a Car, public or private transportation and local flights. San Jose International Airport and Liberia International Airport link the country with major cities all around the world.
Costa Rica- Resorts
Costa Rica is the absolute paradise in matters of varied beaches for every possible taste. Rocky beaches, stony beaches, white sandy beaches, all waiting for those coming to surf, swim, scuba dive, snorkel or simply relax in the tropical sun.
Costa Rican resorts are mainly located in the eastern side of the country because of its strong Caribbean influence. Most of the finest beach resorts lie on the south of Limon because the coast streches down towards Puerto Viejo. Marvelous Costa Rica resorts such as the Hotel Kashna, with private sandy beaches, guided tours in the surroundings and other amenities can be found here.
Hilton Papagayo Resort is rather ideal for families, couples, business travelers as well as discerning visitors and boasts a huge list of great amenities. It is just a 20 minute drive from Liberia International Airport and includes one of the top Costa Rica beaches. Hilton Papagayo Resort might be the best choice for those looking for a stunning place to throw that Costa Rican wedding or just pampering themselves for a bit, and they will surely find it to be the most accomodating.
For those more adventurous and keen on exploring the wilderness or studying the diverse wildlife, Costa Rican resorts, deeply hidden away in the rain forest, are the greatest splendor of the country. Private cabins on cliffs overlooking the breathtaking natural scenery offer good accomodation and, in spite of the fact that the area is so isolated, all the resorts in lowland rainforests are self-sufficient in every possible way.
Costa Rica- Cuisine
Costa Rican traditional food is tasty, fairly mild, having high reliance on fresh vegetables and fruit.
Casado is the traditional national dish served at lunch. It consists of rice and beans served side by side, not mixed, with some sort of meat, such as carne asada, pork chop, chicken or fish, and some salad around.
In taverns, they serve various small dishes which consist of patacones with black bean dip, chifrijo, some kind of rice and beans with chicharrones, ceviche, fish and shrimp with onions and pickled in lime juice, vigoron, cabbage, yucca, served with a slice of lime, and chimichurri accompanied with tortilla chips.
In conclusion, Costa Rica is nothing but exuberant nature, contrasting lanscapes, sunny beaches and sceneries of fabulous beauty where hiking in the rainforest, horseback riding on deeply hidden trails, white water rafting in untamed rivers, surfing, snorkeling through tropical reefs and sport fishing are all ready to welcome any of those planning to have their greatest life experience in the tropics, a holiday to remember!
Things about Costa Rica you may be interested in
Browse Costa Rica Travel Deals
- MAVI Surf Hotel de Dominical, Costa Rica $100
- Buena Vista Luxury Villas - Costa Rica Resort $154
- The Toucan, with Pool and Ocean View, CR $159
- Costa Rica: 5-Nt All-Incl. Beach Vacation w/Air; Kids Stay Free $739
- Costa Rica Tour w/Air, Hotels, Rafting & More $770
- Costa Rica: 50% Off 3 Nts. in Luxe Two-Bedroom Villa $999
- All-Inclusive Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica $150
- Costa Rica: Upscale All-Inclusive Resort for 2, Save 30% $181
- Westin Costa Rica 4-Star All-Incl. for 2, 60% Off $320
Browse Costa Rica Travel Guides by Cities
Recent Travel Guides from Costa Rica
Liberia, the Guanacastean city of Costa Rica, is more popular as a ‘gateway’ to other destinations in Costa Rica than a tourism heaven in itself. As such, Liberia is just a few hours’ journey away from famous Costa Rican attractions and cities like the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Papagayo peninsula,Tamarindo, Volcano Arenal and the likes.... Read more »
Paraiso, Costa Rica
Any Paraiso Travel Guide you will browse, you will most certainly be mesmerized by the unique landscape, the exotic decors and the blue-sky waters of this amazing little city, bearing the name of that place where human beings have been the happiest, Paraiso. This small city, situated at just a few kilometers away from Cartago city, attracts millions of tourist annually.... Read more »
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Tamarindo is one of the hidden treasures of Costa Rica. A beach town, this small lovely place found in Northern Costa Rica is known for only two things – miles and miles of remarkable beaches and surfing. Almost every surfer in Costa Rica and neighboring countries are familiar with Tamarindo’s winds which are perfect for surfing conditions at almost any time of the year.... Read more »
Paraiso, Costa Rica
Paraiso, Costa Rica Tourist Attractions Even though Paraiso, Costa Rica is a small town, there are many tourist attractions that are available within an hour drive. Paraiso is located about seven miles northeast of Cartago and is about forty five minutes from San Jose. There are a number of things to do in the area, and some of them are really fabulous. ... Read more »
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Puntarenas, Costa Rica is a great city to get away to for a few days. Many of the cruise lines turn lose several hundred tourists into this city every day. In response to this increase in tourism, Punatarenas has now begun to develop areas of shopping, dining, and nightlife for these tourists who flood the city. ... Read more »