If you still don’t know what to see in Costa Rica and are worried about not knowing what you’ll find upon arrival, we offer you a basic guide with the most important elements related to this country. It will give you a general idea about the wonderful trip that you’re preparing or that you are about to take.
Basic points to consider when travelling to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a very special country that you will fall in love with from the first moment. It has some stunning beaches where you can relax and enjoy a unique natural sight. You can explore cloud and rain forests which house an impressive diversity of plants and animals.
And Costa Rica is a country where nature prevails and where you can get to know unique plants and curious animals such as toucans, sloths, monkeys, whales, turtles, and caimans, among others. In addition, you’ll have the possibility to visit volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls and explore the jungle by zip line.
It’s very safe to travel to Costa Rica. It’s a country where you can travel with family and children. You can even rent a car. This is the best option to travel freely to every corner of the country and make good use of your time.
Pass through Puntarenas
For example, you can visit Puntarenas, the largest province in the country. It’s a city with a lot of history due to its strategic position. It has one of the most important ports in the country and beautiful beaches such as Mal País, Santa Teresa and Boca Barranca, where you can also surf.
In Puntarenas there is also the Carara National Park and the Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve.
Although the weather is quite stable, it’s best if you inform yourself about the weather conditions in the regions you visit. The country has a wide variety of microclimates which may determine the type of clothing you should pack.
In general there are two seasons : the dry season (marked as the summer season) which is from December to April, and the rainy season (the winter season) that runs from May to November. The months when it rains the most are September and October.
One of the typical dishes of Costa Rican cuisine is Gallo Pinto, a breakfast made with rice, beans and spices. Another characteristic meal is Casado, a lunch of rice, beans, meat, salad and vegetables. You can try them in the “sodas”, small restaurants frequented by the “ticos” (the locals of Costa Rica).
Although Costa Rica is a country of only 51,100 km², it has about 60 natural parks or protected areas, founded during the conversion of the country’s foreign debt into conservation bonds in the 1980s.
Guanacaste and its natural parks
In the Guanacaste region you can visit the Barra Honda National Park with its impressive limestone caverns; the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, Guanacaste National Park and Santa Rosa, Palo Verde National Park, Tenorio Volcano National Park or Las Baulas Marine National Park, among others.
Costa Rica alone contains 5% of the biodiversity of the whole planet. It has approximately 900 species of birds, more than 250 species of mammals and 227 species of reptiles. You’ll be stunned by the beauty of sloths, jaguars, whales, dolphins and toucans.
Enjoy nature in Tortuguero
You can’t miss Tortuguero, one of the country’s wildest areas, where you can enjoy one of the most incredible natural phenomena: green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles laying eggs. It’s located on the Caribbean coast, in the province of Limón. It’s a protected natural park where manatees, crocodiles and a great diversity of fish and crustaceans live side-by-side.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to see a live volcano, Costa Rica is the ideal place to get to know this strange natural phenomena. Within its territory, there are about 200 volcanoes because the country is within the Pacific Ring of Fire. One example is the Arenal volcano, which is located within the Arenal Volcano National Park. It‘s one of the most active volcanoes in the region.
The beautiful city of Liberia
If you want to visit a typical city with good nightlife, don’t hesitate to spend a few days in Liberia, in the province of Guanacaste. It’s a very special city where you’ll find very quaint colonial architecture, a splendid central park, museums and historical monuments. It has an international airport and is a perfect starting point for going to the regions’ beaches. Be sure to try its excellent sugarcane juice and typical slushies.
When travelling to Costa Rica, you’ll finally understand the meaning of its “Pura vida” motto. Costa Rica will show you the benefits of an environment where relaxation and the joy of living prevail.
Surely you’ll be looking forward to the flight now that you know what to see in Costa Rica. It will change your life forever!