Overview of Costa Rica

 

The small Central American country of Costa Rica contains enough spectacular natural beauty and biodiversity to effortlessly outshine far larger destinations in this respect. Contained within its borders are no less than 15 different ecosystems that govern the dramatic changes in the landscape, in the climate and in the wide range of natural delights on offer. There are majestic beaches stretching out along unspoilt Caribbean and Pacific coastlines for as far as the eye can see. Yet not too far away it is possible to trade the sandy beaches and rolling waves for cool, imposing mountains that harbour pristine cloud forests, alive with mysterious sounds – or you could choose to hike through tropical rain forests, brimming with exotic colour and life.

Costa Rica has long adopted a progressive approach to conservation, and it is now reaping the rewards as the prime eco-tourism destination in Central America. More than a quarter of the country consists of protected areas – there are 75 different national parks, wildlife refuges and biological reserves, and each one offers a completely unique eco experience.

A holiday in Costa Rica offers activities to suit all travellers and any mood, from thrill-seeking scuba diving to visiting the jungle canopies on vertiginous walkways; from blissed-out relaxation on an organic farm to letting golden sands run through your fingers. The amazing variety of available activities includes surfing and snorkelling, horse riding, hiking and wildlife trekking, deep-sea fishing and river cruises.  

It’s not just the nature and the endless activities that keep the visitors coming, however. Costa Rican hospitality is based on the native Ticos’ gregariousness and delight in making you feel at home. which always makes for a relaxing and enjoyable visit.

Costa Rica is the Garden of Eden you have always dreamed of – yet the stunning array of sights and experiences are all surprisingly accessible thanks to the country’s expertly developed eco-tourism infrastructure.

Climate

In this tropical climate, there are only minimal differences between the temperatures throughout the year. The rainfall can vary widely, however, being at its heaviest between May and November.

Temperatures along the coast are generally hotter, averaging 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit) annually, though the sultry heat is pleasantly tempered by the cool sea breezes.

Highland areas may be very warm during the day, but surprisingly cool at night.

Language

Spanish is Costa Rica’s official language, although English is widely spoken.

Passport Visa

All tourists visiting Costa Rica must hold a valid passport and a return ticket. A visa is not required by Australian, British, EU, Canadian or US nationals for stays up to 90 days, but may be required for other nationalities. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required if arriving from, or having recently visited, countries considered a risk.

Safety

Costa Rica has a long history of tourism and is considered very safe – however you should adopt the usual precautions.

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