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Pura Vida. Adventure lovers fly to Costa Rica to experience the ultimate get away. This country seems have it all — pristine beaches, untouched rainforests, exotic wildlife, beautiful people and delicious food. All trails lead to a majestic place where one can enjoy nature at its finest.

When to Visit

The best time to visit the tropical Costa Rica is during the dry season which usually runs from late November to April. During this season, the hotels, resorts, beaches, and natural parks are packed. However, there are a lot of things to explore in this central American country and you can always find a secluded and quiet beach or spot to be found here.

Locals often referred to the wet season as the “green season” because this is the time where foliage grows rapidly. It runs from May to April. The weather is still good and rains usually last for just a few hours so tourists can still enjoy. This might also be the perfect season for budget travelers because accommodations are less expensive during these times.

How to Reach the Destination

Most international flights land in Juan Santamaria International Aiport, located near the capital San Jose. There are also some flights that land directly in Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. Tourists who want to explore the beaches in the Guanacaste region should try to fly into Liberia.

Tourists coming from Panama (20 hours) and Nicaragua (11 hours) can travel to Costa Rica by bus.

Getting Around Costa Rica

There are a lot of things to see and do in Costa Rica and there are still undiscovered places. The trails can be challenging so getting around even just in one city can be pretty expensive. For budget travelers, shared shuttles are recommended. They go through popular destinations and one of the best things about this is that you get to mingle with other tourists. It is also possible to rent private vans. This is best if you are in a large group but price higher.

Going around via public buses is also possible. One way ticket (Example: from San Jose to Manuel Antonio) cost about $8, which is very cheap. However, you must do a lot of research since the street system in Costa Rica is not that well developed.

Dos and Don’ts

Do eat at the sodas. Sodas are family-run restaurants in various cities in Costa Rica that serves delicious local cuisines. The best thing about sodas? Food is reasonably priced.

Do go on a surfari. There are a lot of amazing beaches in Costa Rica and it is one of the top surf destinations in the world. Visit the beaches of Manuel Antonio or Puerto Viejo to catch some amazing waves. Surfing lessons are also offered here.

Don’t do anything that will harm the forests and the wildlife. The local government and the people care for the rainforests and wildlife so it is very important or the tourists not to do anything that will harm the environment.

Don’t forget to be one with nature. Enjoy some quite moments with mother nature once in a while in Costa Rica. It’s not everyday that you get to see marvelous forests and amazing views. If possible, find time to put your phone down and just enjoy the surroundings.

Typical Costs

Price Range for Hotels

Since Costa Rica is one of the top destinations in Central America, cost for accommodation can get pretty high. Price range for a budget dorm room is around $9 to $20, depending on the season. A small room in the city costs about $20 and up while beachside lodges and decent rooms in a boutique hotel costs about $100 and up. Price for a 5-star hotel accommodation starts around $150. The currency in Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon. $100 is equivalent to about 50,000 Colon. US dollars are accepted in popular tourist places.

Cost of Meals

A delicious Costa Rican dish in a tourist area would cost about $6 to $15. Try the street food though – it’s much cheaper. Foods like empanada or pastelillo along the streets costs about a dollar.

For those looking for restaurants that serve international cuisine in tourist area, prepare to spend about $20 to $40.

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Manuel Antonio

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Puerto Viejo

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