In the heart of Central America, Costa Rica is bordered by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, while being crossed by impressive mountains. But that's not all! Renowned for its magnificent tropical forests, this small country is also rich in a prodigious natural environment. Fauna and flora alone account for 5% of the world's biodiversity. Between its fascinating volcanoes including the famous Turrialba, Irazù and Arenal, its preserved jungle with lush vegetation like in Tortuguero Park or Corcovado Park, its beaches with crystal clear waters like Manuel Antonio, its rivers with sublime waterfalls, Costa Rica really has something to offer a pura vida to visitors, two warm words that have become the national motto. For an authentic immersion in the magnificent Costa Rican nature, the Costa Rican tour guide will allow you to see the country's unbeatable attractions and discover Costa Rica off the beaten track. It is the destination of the moment, at a time when we are talking about a return to a more responsible lifestyle, nature lovers will appreciate the country, which really makes us aware of the wonders of the wilderness.

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When to go to Costa Rica?

Costa Rica has two main seasons: the dry season, between December and April, during which the weather is generally fine with an average temperature of 25°C and the "green" season, or rains, from May to November. Period during which it rains a lot in order to regenerate the tropical forest. The best time to go to Costa Rica is the dry season, provided you avoid Holy Week, in March or April, a time when prices tend to skyrocket and accommodation is taken over. During the rainy season, on the other hand, prices are much lower, especially between May and September.

How to go to Costa Rica? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

For a stay in Costa Rica, count ten days minimum. You can choose to do a combined Caribbean/Pacific coast but it will take you about two weeks on site because even if the country is small, the routes can be long between the two coasts due to winding roads, not always paved. Don't miss to include in your discovery tour an excursion into the jungle to discover Costa Rica's incredible biodiversity. You may also consider visiting a coffee plantation or national parks. Finally, do not forget that you are in the country of volcanoes (116 in total including 5 active). You will not fail to make an ascent on the slopes of one of the craters.

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For solo travellers, be careful with flights to San Jose, on the Pacific coast to Jacó and Quepos, but also to Limón on the Caribbean coast. Don't get paranoid: Costa Rica is one of the safest countries in Central America. During the day, it is enough to dress simply, avoiding if possible the "tourist style". As soon as night falls, avoid walking in San Jose, Quepos, Jacó or Limón: instead, take a taxi.

Buses are the best way to visit Costa Rica and they are rather cheap. However, it is more convenient to rent a car to be able to go anywhere as long as you know your itinerary. But it will be necessary to rent a 4x4 to travel through certain areas of the country where the roads are not paved. There are also domestic flights but they are often late and the aircraft have a small capacity.

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When to travel?

Costa Rica has two main seasons: the dry season, between December and April, during which the weather is generally f...
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Weather forecast

Costa Rica's climate is tropical with two seasons: the dry season, from December to April (high tourist season), and...
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Budget

Compared to its Central American neighbours, Costa Rica is an expensive country, and even more so in the tourism sect...
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Formalities

No visa is required to travel to Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days or less. However, in the event of a match on US so...
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Health

No vaccine is mandatory in Costa Rica, but vaccines against tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A (unless immunized) ar...
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How to travel by yourself?

For solo travellers, be careful with flights to San Jose, on the Pacific coast to Jacó and Quepos, but also to Limó...
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How to get organized?

For a stay in Costa Rica, count ten days minimum. You can choose to do a combined Caribbean/Pacific coast but it will...
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Getting around

Buses are the best way to visit Costa Rica and they are rather cheap. However, it is more convenient to rent a car t...
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