Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rain forests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities.
Things to know before visit Costa Rica
Costa Rica is divided into two seasons- summers and monsoons. Summer or dry season is between December and April while winter or rainy season is between May and November. The hottest months are from March to May while the coolest months lie between November and January.
It is a natural crown of Costa Rica. It is located in the Sierra de Tilarán and is home to about 2.5% of the global biodiversity. Approximately 10% of the flora found here endemic. Besides reveling in the natural beauty of this region you can also indulge in some adventure activities like canyoning, rappling and zip lining. Nature enthusiasts can take guided walks in the private reserves of the forest.
Located in the Central Pacific, the Manuel Antonio national park has mesmerizing natural beauty found in the white sand beaches and emerald green waters. The village of Manuel Antonio is part of the tropical forest that is teeming with wildlife like raccoons, sloths, deer and howler monkeys.
The most visited place in Costa Rica, the Poas volcano is about 2700 meters above sea level. It is an active volcano and has one of the largest geyser craters in the world, about 1.32 kilometers in diameter. There is another crater located in a green lagoon because of high amount of sulfuric acid. It is a sight to behold!
They are the second largest wetlands of Costa Rica and are often called the Amazon of Costa Rica due to its rich biodiversity and natural beauty. It is also home to a rare species- the green turtle. The village of Tortuguero is a great place to stay to visit these wetlands and relish over 400 species of birds.
The two villages of Talamanca and Cahuita are symbols of cultural richness of African descent and traditions. Its unique customs, local cuisine and lilting folk music attract tourists and locals alike. You can spend time relaxing on the black volcanic sand beaches or the clear sandy beaches. You could also visit the Cahuita National Park and marvel at the live coral reefs around the Punta Cahuita.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Costa Rica it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter. The standard voltage is at 110 Volts.