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Central America’s Green Jewel – Costa Rica Vacation

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As the hub for adventure and eco-tourism, Costa Rica Vacation every traveler's dream destination. Globetrotters and international tourists who are keen to soak in the beauty of panoramic mountains, rainforests, highlands and rich terrains must duly visit Costa Rica, located in Central America.

With such a varied wildlife, Costa Rica seems almost unsurpassable in rich flora and fauna: scarlet macaws and toucans raucously disclose their travel path. Costa Rican animals include the lazy sloth on the tree branch, the ferocious caiman peeping through the mangrove swamp, alert capuchins with white face etc.

Mainly spoken Costa Rican languages are Spanish, Creole, and English. For tourists, English is predominantly used in places visited frequently by travelers.

International tourists who hail from Europe, Asia, and Africa visit this country with a sole objective to get drenched in the mystical landscapes and serene settings. There are hundreds of popular destinations which welcomes tourists round the clock.

Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica

1

Manuel Antonio National park

Deriving its name from the local town situated nearby, Manuel Antonio National park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica which attracts plenty of visitors. Visitors can walk on the beautiful stretch of sun-drenched sands and spot iguanas, raccoons, coatis, sloths and many varieties of birds. Howler and squirrel monkeys are a popular tourist attraction in this park.

How to Reach

  • Flights – Every twenty minutes flights lands from San Jose to Manuel Antonio. The costs will be around US$ 55 to US$ 77.In Costa Rican currency, it ranges from ‎₡ 31,000 to ‎₡ 44,000.
  • Bus/Taxi/Car – Take Route 27 proceeding towards Caldera from San José, after reaching Pozón, travel towards Route 34- Tárcoles-Jacó.Then travel towards, Quepos center which is 104 km away.From the village of Manuel Antonio, this park is at a distance of 7 km.

Best Time to Visit

Open to the public from 7 AM to 4 PM on all days(December to April) except Tuesday.Monday holiday from July to November.

Best Restaurants

  • La Luna
    Address:
    Guanacaste Province,
    Costa Rica
  • El Mirador Bar
    Address:
    Alajuela Province,
    Atenas,
    Costa Rica
  • Kapi Kapi
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Quepos,
    Costa Rica
  • Le Papillion restaurant
    Address:
    Manuel Antonio Beach and Park,
    Costa Rica

Budget Restaurants

  • Rico Tico Jungle Grill
    Address:
    Hotel Si Como No,
    Costa Rica
  • Café Agua Azul
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Quepos,
    Costa Rica
  • El Patio De Café
    Address:
    Kilometer 4 on Main Rd to Manuel Antonio National Park
    Provincia de Puntarenas,Quepos
    Costa Rica
  • La Lambretta pizzeria
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Quepos,
    Costa Rica

2

Playa Langosta, Playa Grande and Tamarindo

A perfect getaway from the bustle of city life.Prominently known as Tamarindo’s Beverly Hills, Playa Longosta beaches are quiet and classic.Costa Rica has lots of pristine beaches which are easily accessible by the public. People will love to walk on the shores of crystal clear water and indulge in bird watching.They can also enjoy the silence and calmness that prevails before stepping out from it. Surfboarding, diving, and swimming will be a unique experience here.

How to reach

Car/Taxi – Drive towards Tamarindo’s first intersection, and take the road eastbound.  Travel further 2 miles to reach Playa Langosta.

Best Time to Visit

Costa Rica enjoys tropical climate throughout the year since it is nestled near the equator. Peak seasons run from November to April and people who are planning to book tickets should decide before November.

Best restaurants

Budget restaurants

  • Waffle Monkey
    Address:
    50 mtr from rotunda in the passage to the beach,
    in front of (CSI) Coastal Spanish Institute,
    Opposite Budget Rent a Car
    50309 Tamarindo,
    Costa Rica
  • Pizzeria la baula
    Address:
    91, Corona St,
    Guanacaste Province,
    Tamarindo,
    Costa Rica
  • Le Petit Café
    Address:
    A03 Plaza Tamarindo,
    Tamarindo 1234556,
    Costa Rica
  • Taco Stop
    Address:
    On the road to Langosta,
    Tamarindo 90210,
    Costa Rica

3

Monteverde Forest Reserve

Monteverde cloud forest reserve houses more than three thousand species of rare birds, animals, and plants. Entering and exploring this forest will be an enjoyable affair for the nature lovers and others. Humidity in this lush forest is usually 100% which still remains a mystery for scientists and botanists.

How to reach

Shuttle services like interbus, gray line and other private bus operators from San Jose. Normal driving hours from San Jose to this forest is around four hours. Some of the best tour operators are than sunshine, costaricaplus, interbusonline, and greasy. Follow this link to get details of private bus operators. Link

Train and Bus – Plenty of buses which are listed above transports the passengers, tourists, and employees to Monteverde park. So, people who reach San Jose by flights can book rental vans and buses immediately and reach this park quickly. There are no train services.

Car – Affluent and rich tourists can also book rental cars through reputed operators and tour this city.

Best Time to Visit

International tourists and executives visit this park during the months of December to May and also during dry seasons. The park will be open for visitors from 7 AM to 4 PM.

Best restaurants

  • Restaurante Celajes
    Address:
    620, Provincia de Puntarenas,
    Monteverde,
    Costa Rica
  •  Restaurant y Mirador
    Address:
    San José Province,
    San Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Morphos
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Monteverde,
    Costa Rica

Budget restaurants

  • Sante fe hotel
    Address:
    Monteverde Puntarenas,
    Costa Rica
  • Monterverde Inn
    Address:
    700 suroeste Escuela Cerro Plano,
    Monte Verde, 60109,
    Costa Rica
  • El Vinadante
    Address:
    250 Metros al Sur de la Escuela Creativa,
    Frente al Sapo Dorado – Cerro Plano,
    Provincia de Puntarenas,
    Costa Rica

4

Tortuguero National Park

Wildlife lovers who like marine species will feel elated when they visit Greenish Tortuguero National Park. This park is one of the green reserves which have varieties of animal and bird species. Visitors to this park can have a glimpse of rare species of turtles which hatch plenty of eggs during seasons. Tourists can also watch meandering rivers while walking through the woods.

How to reach

Lots of robbery takes places in Tortuguero regularly. Tourists should come in a group and leave the place in the group for safety and security. Direct bus leaves at 9 AM from San Jose and reaches Cariari the nearest point at around 11 AM.  From this point, tourists should buy a bus ticket to La Pavona. This bus leaves at 11 30 AM and takes the tourists to the river. From there they have to use the boat and reach Tortuguero.

  • Train and Bus There are no trains to this place and tourists have to travel only through a bus which is listed above.
  • Car – Reputed companies also offer car services to the passengers who are new to San Jose and transports them quickly to this wonderful park.

Best Time to Visit

It rains all the time in this park and the best time to visit this park will be during February to April. Individuals should not enter beach after six pm during weekdays and weekends. Wettest months are December, June, and July. Tourists and wildlife enthusiasts can visit this place during the months of February, March, and September. It is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM.

Best restaurants

  • Donde Richard
    Address:
    Limón Province, Pococí,
    Costa Rica
  • Taylor’s place 
    Address:
    Calle 1, LI,
    Costa Rica
  • Soda Dona Maria 
    Address:
    de osa,100mts al noreste y 75 norte del Banco de Costa Rica,
    Provincia de Puntarenas,
    Uvita,
    Costa Rica
  • Tuttis
    Address:
    Tortuguero Village,
    Costa Rica

Budget restaurants

  • Soda Heliconia 
    Address:
    Behind Super Nicarao,
    Tortuguero 150-7300,
    Costa Rica
  • La Culebra
    Address:
    Tortuguero,
    Tortuguero 70206,
    Costa Rica

5

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais

Individuals who like surfing, skateboarding and seawater sports can step into Santa Teresa and Mal Pais and meet like-minded surfing experts. They can enjoy surfing for hours and enter into the pristine waters of Mal Pais which has expansive shore and spectacular reefs. These spots are considered a wonderful weekend gateway by the locals and others.

How to reach

Tourists who land at San Jose airport should use shuttle service buses which transport passengers daily to Malpais. Some of the best private bus operators are costaricashuttle, rider, tropicaltourshuttles and montezumaexpeditions. These companies have their own official websites and tourists can book through these websites.

  • Train and Bus – There are no train services to this place and tourists should use only private buses.
  • Car – Groups of tourists who are new to this province can book sophisticated cars and enter this city with joy.

Best Time to Visit

Surfers, adventurists, trekkers and others consider the period between December and April as idyllic to visit these places. Malpais is a beach and it is open for public from morning until evening.

Best Restaurants

  • Katana Asian Cuisine 
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Costa Rica
  • Kojis 
    Address:
    Calle Buenos Aires,
    Provincia de Puntarenas,
    Costa Rica
  • Las Caracolas
    Address:
    Del cruce de playa Carmen 1 km carretera hacia Malpais,
    Mal Pais 60111,
    Costa Rica
  • Habaneros
    Address:
    Santa Teresa | Playa Cielo Hotel,
    Santa Teresa 66101,
    Costa Rica
    Zula Restaurant

Budget restaurants

Some of the cheapest restaurants Santa Teresa are

  • Chicken joe’s,
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
    Phone number 506 2640 1110
  • Taco corner,
    Address:
    300 Meters North of The Crossroads,
    Puntarenas Province,
    60111,
    Costa Rica
  • The Roastery,
    Address:
    Playa del Carmen,
    Next to BCR Bank,
    at Franks Place,
    Santa Teresa 60111,
    Costa Rica
  • Soda Tiquicia
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Costa Rica
    Phone number:+506 2640 0167

6

Montezuma

Hang-out with friends and families in Montezuma is a remote fishing village which is found near Nicoya peninsula. Tourists can pack their fishing gear and enter into this divine beach which houses lots of marine species. Foreigners who like to live a carefree and relaxed life for few days can book a resort and stay here. Travelers who chose to live here for some time will learn the true meaning of silence and calmness.

How to reach

Montezuma is a small town which is in Puntarenas province. Tourists who are planning to visit this town should land at Liberia Airport and reach Cabana which is few kilometers away from this place.

  • Train and Bus – Tourists can book buses from Puntarenas and reach malpais quickly.

Best Time to Visit

Tourists who frequently visit this place consider May to November as the best place for enjoying snorkeling, diving, swimming and other adventure activities. But these places see lots of people throughout the year.  Beach is open for public round the clock.

Best restaurants

There are lots of restaurants which provide mouth-watering foods to the visitors and some of the best ones are

  • Los mangos,
    Address:
    Main Street,
    Montezuma,
    Costa Rica
  • Pargo Feliz,
    Address:
    Montezuma por Ruta 624,
    Cóbano,
    Costa Rica,
    Phone number:+506 2642 0064
  • Hotel Casitas Sollevante
    Address:
    624, Puntarenas Province,
    Costa Rica
    Phone number:+506 2642 1025
  • Montezuma Pacific hotel 
    Address:
    Town center,
    Montezuma,
    Costa Rica

Budget restaurants

  • Puggos 
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Costa Rica
    Phone number:+506 2642 0325
  • Playa de los Artistas 
    Address:
    Puntarenas Province,
    Costa Rica
    Phone number:+506 2642 0920

7

Nosara and Playa Guiones beach

Nature lovers can enter this tranquil beach community citizens coming from other countries can watch the activities of monkeys and turtles when they enter Nosara and Playa Guiones beaches. Costa Ricans give importance to nature and protect the environment wonderfully. There are lots of protected forest reserves which houses rare trees and plants.

How to reach

Nosara which treasures plenty of tourist attractions is situated 260 km away from San Jose. It takes approximately five hours from San Jose to reach this mind-blowing destination.

Train and Bus – Tourists who are new to Nosara will get details about shuttle services when they explore. Link1, Link2

Best Time to Visit

Tourists and others reach this place during the months of November through April and also during July and December.

Best restaurants

There are lots of supreme hotels which services different varieties of food throughout the year. Some of the best ones are

  • Jungles edge,
    Address:
    200 meters South of Nosara Yoga Institute & 200 meters west.,
    Nosara,
    50206,
    Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 2682 53
  • Oles Verdes hotel,
    Address:
    500m West and 350m South of Cafe de Paris,
    Playa Guiones,
    Provincia de Guanacaste,
    Nosara, 50206,
    Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 2682 0608
  • The harmony hotel, 
    Address:
    B and B retreat.
    200 mts North Rancho Suizo,
    Playa Pelada,
    Provincia de Guanacaste,
    Nosara, 50206,
    Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 2682 0209

Budget restaurants

Some of the cheapest hotels are

  • Living Hotel Nosara, 
    Address:
    Frente a Mini Super Delicias del Mundo,
    Playa Guiones,
    Nosara,
    Guanacaste Province,
    Costa Rica
    Phone:  +506 2682 5201
  • Kaya Sol Surf Hotel,
    Address:
    Sunset shack hotel
    Playa Guiones,
    Guanacaste Province,
    Nosara,
    Costa Rica
    Phone:  +506 2682 0527

8

Corcovado National Park

Osa Peninsula is classified as National Park houses various birds, plants, trees, shrubs and rare species and tourists who visit this country make it a point to tour this peninsula for few days. Foreigners will find Cano Island biological reserve when they tour this biological friendly peninsula which gives importance to trees and plants. Explorers of this island can find manatees, turtles, and other marine species. This natural peninsula houses a sizeable population of endangered species like tapir, eagle, anteater, dolphins, margay, and snakes. Logging of woods is happening on this island and several organizations petitioned the President to stop this activity. Hunters and others hunt lots of animals and use them for commercial activities. Plenty of tourists flock this peninsula throughout the year which is also threat to nature. Authorities are monitoring the activities of this island regularly.

How to reach

Nature Air and Sansa offers daily flights to Drake Bay from San Jose. Adventurists and others can book their flights well in advance and reach this location with happy mindset.

Best Time to Visit

Tourists who reach this location can also enjoy whale watching for hours. July to December will be the best season to visit this place.

Best Restaurants

Some of the best restaurants here are

  • Claudios grill,
    Address:
    Camino Aerodromo – Bahía Drake, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 6004 9910
  • Drakes kitchen, 
    Address:
    Casa El Tortugo
    Main Road, Drake Bay 00000, Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 6161 3193

Budget restaurants

Some of the budget restaurants which are famous in Drake Bay are

  • Soda typica 
    Address:
    Casa Miriam, Calle Principal
    Contiguo a Cabinas Casa Miriam,
    Drake Bay 6101,
    Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 2775 0965
  • Heladeria popis,
    Address:
    Bahia Drake Centro, Drake Bay 60503, Costa Rica
    Phone: +506 8529 6750

Places you Cannot Miss

Costa Rica is becoming the preferred choice for mountaineering experts and others since it houses some of the most dangerous terrains and highlands. Some of the hot spots for mountaineering and adventure activities are listed below:

  • Men and women who like ziplining can have lots of fun in Guanacaste. Lots of individuals who love this outdoor activity assemble here during appropriate seasons.
  • Trekkers chose La Fortuna for performing canyoning which is considered as rough sporting activity. The performer has to jump down waterfalls in the middle of forests. Individuals participate in this dangerous sport with lots of excitement.
  • Rafters who like water rafting can puddle down the roaring rivers of Rio Pacuare and watch the elegance of nature. They can also choose Rio Balsa and Rio Savegre.
  • Individuals who love boating can Guanacaste which has world-class They can watch dolphins and other marine species closely. Boating in the Gulf of Papagayo will also be an enjoyable affair for adventurers.
  • Climbers can choose Rincon de la Vieja National park which is one of the spectacular waterfalls in the country of Costa Rica. There are hundreds of waterfalls in this country and mentioning all the names will be mind-boggling Nature lovers who choose Catara Lianos de cores can take bath, swim or fall from various heights.
  • Some of the hotspots for surfing, gliding, and skating are Playa Jaco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande. People from other parts of the world step into Playa Avellana which is categorized as little Hawaii.
  • Hikers will love hiking in the Forests of Rio Celeste, Cerro Chato, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves, Mount Chirripo, Manuel Antonio National Park and Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
  • Fishing experts who choose famous fishing spots can catch huge fishes like Dorado, sailfish, marlin, snapper, tuna, roosterfish and wahoo.

Best Time to visit Costa Rica

Weather in Costa Rica

Costa Rica which is located close to the Equator enjoys different types of climates throughout the year. Sunshine is seen throughout the year and weather remains dry throughout the year.

This country which is rich in biodiversity also enjoys the rain, winter and cold seasons during few months. Most of the cities enjoy dry weather during December to April and rainy seasons during May to November.

Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy mountaineering, trekking, skiing and other such activities during dry months. Annual average temperature in this country will be 21 to 27 degrees.

Best Months to Visit Costa Rica

Mountaineering and adventure experts visit this country during the dry months of December to April. Tourists who visit San Jose and other places can enjoy plenty of sunshine and enjoy their days peacefully. Travellers have to shell out plenty of dollars during this peak season.

Budget-conscious tourists can save plenty of dollars when they choose other months. The temperature which remains 27 to 28 degree during wet and winter seasons will soar high during dry months.

Best Hotels in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has some of the best hotels in the Central American region and Costaricans are known for their kind hospitality.

Top hotels in Costa Rica

Flight Info for Costa Rica

There are plenty of flight options available for Costa Rica.Our top choices are-

Juan Santamaria Intl Airport is located in the capital city of San Jose and hundreds of domestic and international flights operate from this airport. There are also other important airports such as Liberia Airport, Quepos, Tambor and Golfito Airport which operates hundreds of airlines in a day.

International travelers can book their flight tickets well in advance and reach Costa Rica for site-seeing, recreation, and tourist purposes.

Business travelers who explore trip advisor and another reputed travel website will get maximum info about a number of flights that are taking-off and landing in this country.

Immigration / Visa Requirements

People those who originate from countries like Nicaragua, United Kingdom, Argentina, and Peru have settled in this country for the past several decades and are now permanent citizens.

Tourists who hail from countries such as the USA and the Canada do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica and other countries should carry legitimate visa and other traveling documents with them.

Travelers from South American countries and sub-Saharan African need yellow fever vaccination.

Tours in Costa Rica

International tourists can spend their holiday happily when they book tickets through world-class tourist operators who are headquartered in the country of Costa Rica. Visitors who explore official websites of Costa Rica will get info about best tour operators and air travel agents.

Explore trip advisor site and get sufficient info about the best tour operators who are based in San Jose which is the capital city of Costa Rica.

Car Rentals in Costa Rica

As far as car rentals are concerned, it is best to hire or rent a 4WD in Costa Rica. But before booking a car, check with your operator for any hidden charges.

Remember, driving licenses (valid) issued in Europe, Canada or America is valid in Costa Rica.

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Travel Insurances when visting Costa Rica

Health Information for Travel to Costa Rica (vaccines advice)

Children and adults who are free from all major diseases can step into the country of Costa Rica. Tourists who catch diseases faster should not visit this country since Zika virus is a risk in Costa Rica. Married couples, honeymooners and others should use a condom to prevent sexual transmission. Pregnant women should not visit Costa Rica since virus and mosquito-borne diseases are popular here. Travellers can inject Hepatitis B and A, Typhoid, rabies, yellow fever and other important vaccines before entering into this wonderful country.

It is really vital for all tourists/visitors to buy the correct type of insurance(travel) before entering Costa Rica.

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