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Costa Rica covers just a small area of the planet, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in the spectacular nature of its landscapes, wildlife and vegetation. And taking a Costa Rica tour is by far the best way to see this luscious, breathtaking scenery.


An incredible 4% of all of the Earth’s species can be found in this tiny pocket of Central America, making it one of the most biologically diverse terrains in the world. Costa Rica guided tours lead you to some of the most incredible destinations in the country to learn about this ecological wonderland.


Sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica enjoys the unique benefit of having both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts within a relatively short distance of each other. Because of its prosperity and safety, the country is often referred to as the Switzerland of Central America. Costa Rica adventure vacations are the very best way to explore this incredible country.


Costa Rica is a haven for travelers of all persuasions. Nature lovers will delight in the impossibly beautiful volcanic landscape that is spliced with rushing rivers, misty cloud forests and thundering cascades.


The natural beauty of Costa Rica is truly remarkable. Beach bums, surfers and backpackers flock to Costa Rica’s famous coastlines to catch waves, idle in the relaxed beach towns or chill out and soak up the sun on the pristine, white sandy beaches that line the coast.


The Costa Rica tour packages available leave little else for the heart to desire.


Thrill-seekers will find no end to the adrenaline-pumping activities on offer, be it zip-lining through the canopies, white water rafting or kayaking through the mangroves. Be sure to opt-in for the most exciting activities while you tour Costa Rica.


And, of course, wildlife enthusiasts will perhaps find no better place on earth to spot monkeys, crocodiles, sloths and a vast array of tropical birds in the jungle and fish among the coral reefs. During Costa Rica escorted tours, your expert guide will point out all of Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife that surrounds you.


Costa Rica boasts 26 protected national parks where travelers can immerse themselves in nature and truly disconnect from their daily lives. Touring in Costa Rica is the perfect thing to do year-round. Whether you are looking to get back in touch with your inner child with some yoga, conquer some of the biggest waves in the world on your surfboard, take a boat trip deep into the lush jungle, or just wander around the mountain trails overlooking the glittering, azure ocean…Costa Rica vacation tours have it all.


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Best times to travel, regions, weather, rainfall, and other useful information


You can see some of Costa Rica’s best travel destinations on the map on the right. Costa Rica’s climate is governed mostly by local microclimates that differ according to regional geographic conditions. Broadly speaking, there are two main seasons: the dry season and the green (wet) season.


The former runs from mid-December to April, with Christmas and Easter attracting the largest amounts of tourists. This is when most Costa Rica visitors guides recommend you travel to the country.


Temperatures can soar during the dry season, particularly in the lowlands in March and April, but the extreme heat is punctuated by tropical showers, which are over almost as soon as they start. If you decide to travel within Costa Rica during this time you’ll need a lightweight rain jacket with you at all times.


The green season begins in May and lasts until November, but there is a slight reprieve in June and July, when it is slightly drier. We like to think that we’re Costa Rica travel experts so we can take you on epic adventures throughout the country during any season.


July and August also attract large numbers of tourists who come south for North American summer. The shoulder months on either side of the dry and wet seasons are a good time to visit Costa Rica, as they are less busy.


September and October are particularly wet, and this can make navigating certain areas tricky because of flooding and mud in more rural areas, but swells of the Pacific coast provide great conditions for surfing. The best Costa Rica travel guides recommend you spend time on the beaches and catch some epic waves during this portion of the year.


Best times of the year to travel to different regions in Costa Rica



This is the section with a road map to help you in planning your trip to Costa Rica, give an idea of a general idea of the region, what areas may be of interest, visas and other great information worth considering when preparing for your journey to the region.


Anyone traveling to Costa Rica will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date, but it is advised that your passport have at least a 6-month validity on it at all times. Costa Rica requires that you have adequate unused pages in your passport to allow for any necessary stamps upon arrival and departure. Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to Costa Rica. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa, so check with your embassy or consulate in advance of your trip if you have any layover included in your flight itinerary. Costa Rica charges a USD 29 exit tax payable at the airport with USD/Costa Rican cash or credit card. This tax must be paid before you check in for your flight.


Locals in Costa Rica are called Ticos, and the country’s official language is Spanish. For novice Spanish speakers, Ticos speak relatively slowly and enunciate clearly, so it is a great place to practice listening, understanding and speaking. English dominates the tourist sector, and most tour guides, tour operators, and hotels will speak excellent English. It is easy to get by with English alone, although of course, your experience will be more exciting and enriching if you learn a few simple Spanish phrases before arriving. Ticos are very laid-back, but they are also very polite. To ask for help, say “disculpe” or “perdón” to apologize. It is common to greet someone when you make eye contact, and a smile will get you a long way. Ask to take photos if you are visiting indigenous communities, and hitchhiking is common in rural areas, with hitchhikers offering a small contribution towards the fuel. Topless sunbathing is not common, and surfers should observe the correct etiquette while in the water.


People in Costa Rica keep “Tico time,” meaning that they are never in a rush, and eating late is common. In the more touristy areas of the country, such as the capital San Jose, there are plenty of bars, nightclubs, dive bars, lounges, and dance clubs. Tamarindo, Santa Teresa, Sámara, Dominical, and Puerto Viejo are top spots for staying out til the wee hours, but almost every beach town in the country has at least one local bar where everybody goes. Costa Rica is a lively country, and locals enjoy going out to see live music, watching football matches, going dancing, attending regional and mainstream festivals and hitting the local carnival. Costa Rica is always ready to cater to tourists, so there is every type of cuisines available for travelers to enjoy. If you want a local experience, check out a soda, basic cafeteria-type eateries with plenty of budget-friendly set-meal rice dishes and soups.