Literally translated into Rich Coast, Costa Rica is one tropical beach getaway you need to consider traveling to during your next holiday season. Located in Central America, Costa Rica shares it’s northern boarders with Nicaragua and southern boarders with Panama. With over 1,200 km coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean and over 200 km coastline on the Caribbean Sea Costa Rica has countless beautiful tropical beaches, that can suit the needs of all holiday makers. In addition to the beaches found on the mainland, there are also the islands of Cocos, Puntarenas and Calero (the largest) which can be visited to spend your vacation in a tropical paradise. Although the country’s official language is Costa Rican Spanish, English is widely spoken, especially in areas frequented by tourists.
THINGS TO DO IN COSTA RICA
What you can do while in Costa Rica is simply endless. The country is one of a few countries in the Central America with well developed ecotourism. Costa Rica’s tropical beaches are some of the most beautiful and attractive beaches you will find. Each of the nearly 300 beaches found on both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines is unique in its own way. From white sandy beaches and turquoise waters to black volcanic beaches and crystal clear tropical waters of the Caribbean, beach lovers will find it hard to choose their favorite beach in this beach paradise. As with your typical tropical beach getaway, you will have all the usual perks when it comes to Costa Rican holiday, from relaxing on a palm tree lines deserted beach, diving and snorkeling in amazing clear tropical waters, with so an abundance of marine life to see, surfing the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, fishing, kayaking, sailing and the list goes on. This diversity makes Costa Rica one of the great tropical gateways you can find.
Costa Rica is not only rich with natural beauty on it’s coastline, it also has on offer fascinating plant, wildlife and physical attractions. The country has several national parks and other protected areas frequented by locals and tourists alike. If you visit Costa Rica, it will definitely not be complete without experiencing the Corcovado National Park, world renowned for its rich plant life and diverse wildlife such as turtles, capuchin monkeys and reptiles amongst others. In addition to the jungles of Costa Rica you can also have a chance to see The Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, which is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, the fireworks displayed is simply breathtaking.
Other notable activities you can partake in include rafting along the country’s rivers, biking on the various mountain biking routes as well as pulling out the golf clubs and having a game of golf on some of the most beautiful tropical golf courses you can find play on.
HOW TO GET TO COSTA RICA
There are several ways through which you can reach Costa Rica. The most common is via air with numerous flights landing at The Juan Santamaria International Airport near San Jose the capital city. The airport is well connected to many international cities including New York, Madrid, Toronto, Mexico City, Dallas and Frankfurt amongst many other cities. Apart from Juan Santamaria international airport, you can also land at Daniel Oduber Quiros or Tobias Belanos international airports.
If you are taking a road trip then traveling to Costa Rica is via the Pan-America Highway, which runs from the north (Nicaragua), passing through the country to Panama in the south. There are also other roads linking the country to Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. You also have the option of reaching Costa Rica by boat or scheduled cruise ships that ply between San Carlos in Nicaragua and Los Chiles, Porto Caldera and Puntarenas in Costa Rica.
GETTING AROUND COSTA RICA
You have several options when it comes to moving around Costa Rica. Public bus system connects most cities and major tourist locations including the tropical beaches. The public bus system is so far the cheapest way to travel around. You also have the option of renting a car at the airports of in the cities. This will allow you to visit many locations of your interest as possible. Apart from rental cars, there are also motorcycles and taxis that you can rent. To take care of tourists who wish to visit many locations within a short time, two national airlines have made it a point to connect major tourist locations by air.
WHEN TO GO TO COSTA RICA
Because of the unfavorable weather conditions during winter, the best time to travel to Costa Rica is during summer; from December to April. This period is however characterized by high expenses especially on accommodation and travel. This is because it is the period when most tourists flock into the country. Although most tourists who come into Costa Rica are mainly from USA and Canada, the country now attracts tourists from Europe, Asia and Australia. Depending on your specific tour need, you may consider traveling to the country during the first part of the winter season (May). This is especially if you intend to enjoy surfing particularly on the Pacific coast.
WEATHER OR COSTA RICA
Although Costa Rica generally experiences tropical type of climate, different regions of the country experience different microclimates. These are mainly influenced by a region’s topography, elevation and general geography. However, Costa Rica can be described as a winter and summer country. Summer season that is characterized by dry weather starts from December and ends in April, giving way to winter season, which starts from May to November. The country’s winter season can be very punishing considering the fact that it is during winter that certain regions experience constant rainfall. The winter season is also Costa Rica’s hurricane season.