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About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With delicious food, exotic wildlife, and gorgeous scenery, your family is sure to have a fantastic vacation in this Central American country. Choose from Costa Rica vacation rentals right on the beach or those with more privacy hidden in the rainforest for an unforgettable stay.
Flying is the best way to get around Costa Rica. Because it’s a small country, flights between regions are inexpensive and quick. The most popular months for tourism are from November to April, so be sure to book your flights in advance to save time and money. Rental cars are also available, but driving conditions may be less than ideal. Taxis and buses are also available and are an affordable way to explore the area.
Visitors interested in Costa Rica vacation rentals will want to know the most popular areas of the country before planning their stay. Here are a few of the country’s must-see regions:
- Caribbean Coast: If you’re looking for quiet beaches, inexpensive seafood, and beautiful wildlife, the Caribbean Coast should be at the top of your list.
- Pacific Coast: This region includes Guanacaste, which is home to activities like fishing, surfing, horseback riding, and volcano tours. The Nicoya Peninsula is another popular spot on the Pacific Coast.
- Central Pacific: The Central Pacific region is a favorite among tourists as it boasts stretches of beautiful beaches, national parks, coffee plantations, mountains, and small villages. Every visitor is sure to find something to enjoy here.
- Central Valley: This part of Costa Rica covers the area from San Ramon of Alajuela to Paraiso of Cartago (west to east). More than half of the population of Costa Rica resides in the Central Valley, and it is the economic hub of the country.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate which boasts warmth and sunshine throughout the year, and no true winter season. March, April, and May are typically the hottest months of the year with temperatures in the 80s, and the country’s dry season goes from December to April. The rainy season spans the months of May until November, but temperatures remain comfortably in the 70s and 80s. Travelers will want to take the weather into consideration when making plans as the climate can vary significantly depending on the elevation and geography of a particular region.
Things to Do
Activities in Costa Rica range from hiking protected rainforests and discovering unique flora and fauna in Manuel Antonio National Park to swimming and diving in the always warm waters off the country’s coast. Other things to do include exploring beside thunderous waterfalls like La Fortuna Waterfall and La Paz Waterfall, and learning to surf at Playa Uvita with Bodhi Surf School. For a unique view of the landscape, Canopy Safari in Quepos offers incredible zip line adventures through the treetops. Both Corcovado National Park, an 11,000-acre rainforest with exotic wildlife like howler monkeys, macaws, and jaguars, and Arenal Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, are also must-see attractions. You’ll never be bored while visiting Costa Rica.
Food & Dining
Costa Rica offers a number of memorable dishes bursting with Latin American flavors. Visitors can learn about the country through its local cuisine, or buy fresh ingredients to cook up from the comfort of one of the many Costa Rica vacation rentals. Popular dishes include:
- Ceviche: A popular appetizer served in Costa Rica, it is comprised of raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice tossed with diced vegetables and herbs. It is typically made with fresh local tilapia, garlic, cilantro, onions, and hot peppers.
- Casado: A basic beans and rice dish, it has red bell peppers, cabbage, fried plantains, tomato, and either fish, pork, or chicken mixed in.
- Sopa de Mariscos: This seafood soup has a tomato base and usually features mussels, clams, fish, vegetables, and squid.
- Tamales and Empanadas: These two basic dishes are everywhere in Costa Rica! They consist of boiled plantain leaves or dough filled with vegetables, beans, chees, and other local ingredients.
Costa Rica vacation rentals fill up during some of the country’s most celebrated annual events. Fiestas de Palmares in January is one of the biggest celebrations in the country. It offers bullfights, carnival rides, parades, and musical acts spread out over two weeks of partying. Another popuar event is Juan Santamaria Day, which honors the national hero, Juan Santamaria, on April 11 each year. Santamaria was an important part of the sovereignty of the country, and the festival features marching bands, crafts and local food.
Costa Rica vacation rentals provide all of the comforts of home in a stunning vacation destination. Enjoy utter relaxation among the quiet sounds of the rainforest or get your adrenaline pumping during an outdoor adventure. No matter what type of vacation you’re looking for, you’ll find something for everyone in Costa Rica.