Taking a vacation to Costa Rica is rapidly becoming the choice for families and couples alike with over 2.3 million people visiting in 2012. This Central American country is home to a plethora of tropical plants, animals and landscapes featuring many of nature’s untouched natural beauties.
With so much to experience in this beautiful country a bit of guidance is needed to ensure you get the most out of your trip. So here we’ve provided a quick guide to exploring Costa Rica.
Where should I go?
Costa Rica borders both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Between them both is one of the most extensive ranges of natural beauty seen anywhere in the world. Many of its beaches are well-preserved such as Nosara, which is over 6km away from the nearest roads and boasts one of the country’s hottest surf spots.
Its various national parks such as Cahuita are also a huge draw for any tourist where you can explore the countries extensive indigenous plants and wildlife up close and personal by trekking through acres of untouched natural landscapes. Any of its towns especially Puerto Viejo de Talamanca are welcoming and friendly brimming with culture.
Any events or festivals I should check out?
Costa Rica isn’t known for its huge music festivals but there are some unmissable events should you be in the country at the time.
Each year the 15th of September celebrates Costa Ricas independence from Spain as is by far the biggest event in the country’s calendar. Night and day parades light the towns with whole communities coming out to be involved in this visual display.
Semana Santa is the last week of Lent and a serious holiday in the Christian calendar. Weeklong celebrations take place involving parties, parades and festivals. The sale of alcohol is forbidden on the Thursday and Friday so be sure to stock up in advance.
How should I get around?
Public busses are the best way to get around the country with the benefit being able to see its rolling natural landscapes. You can of course rent a car but with a terrain as diverse as Costa Rica it may be an unwanted challenge for many.
Towns have their fair share of taxis with Red taxis being the insured ones so it’s easy enough to get around should you require more private transport. Costa Rica has no internal national rail network aside from some small tourist sightseeing lines.
When should I visit?
Depending on what you prefer, the dry season runs from November to April but features a much drier and browner landscape with temperatures averaging at 27 degrees Celsius, perfect for those who like it hot! The rainy season runs from April to November with cooler temperatures and greener natural surroundings. Generally any time of the year will provide an unforgettable experience but it is advised to avoid October when the rainy season reaches its climax.
Above all Costa Rica is perfect for those looking to leave the rat race behind and step into a relatively untouched paradise.