Costa Rica Vacations

For the eco-tourists out there, this Central American country could be your Mecca. Costa Rica boats incredibly diverse natural and geographic beauty; nearly every type of forest, the highest number of volcanoes in the western hemisphere, incredible beaches and islands, and nearly 6% of the world’s animal species call this country home. While the ... Read more
capital of San José is certainly a friendly city, you should spend most of your time enjoying the country. Bird watching is one of the most popular tourist activities in Costa Rica; Monteverde Cloud Forest has over 800 species within its limits and Tárcoles boasts both 400 species, as well as river tours highlighting its crocodile population. Feel like some relaxation? Kick back in the springs at the Tabacón Hot Springs Resort & Spa while watching Arenal Volcano erupt and shake the earth around you. Adrenaline junkies shouldn’t pass up a white water rafting opportunity in Costa Rica (it has the highest number of rivers per square mile of land of any country), ranging from single day excursions to multi day adventures in class four and five rapids. Isla del Coco off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is consistently rated as one of the best diving spots in the world; dive amongst whale sharks, hammerhead schools and vibrant reefs!

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Costa Rica’s high season from late November through late April coincides both with its dry season and with the colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere, which draws in visitors from the United States, Canada ... Read more
and Europe. The rainy season (May through mid-November) can be a more affordable time to visit. The tropical downpours usually only last for a few hours in the afternoon, so you can get all of your sightseeing and canopy tours done in the morning and afterward relax in your jungle cabana, watching the life-giving rain fall over the vibrantly green plant life around you.

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Solo Female Travel Tips

An easy destination to visit solo, there were "no areas where I felt unsafe… roads were the most dangerous part." Being generally "respectful of the culture" is important as in any country, but there was "no need for heightened safety precautions."

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Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

Costa Rica has 'very friendly people' and travelers felt 'safe and welcomed'. One couple went on their 'honeymoon, and we were able to be ourselves.'

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one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Costa Rica reviews & trip reports

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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 9.7
    Adventure Travelers
  • 7.4
    Backpackers
  • 7.3
    Family Travelers
  • 6.3
    Green Travelers

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Carpinteria, California

I absolutely loved Costa Rica. Every where you went, people were so kind and helpful. 90% of the population speaks English which is so incredibly helpful. The environment is beautiful and the hikes are outstanding. They have such incredible choices of things to do, from horse back riding to zip lining 600 feet above the forest floor. The beaches arent incredibly crowded and absolutely breathtaking. The water so so blue, almost crystal clear.

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA

The best place in the world. Perfect for a couple getaway or a family vacation. Great balance between relaxing and adventures. Wildlife is amazing. Food is authentic. Locals are the nicest.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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I really enjoyed Costa Rica. There's a quiet charm to it that's so inviting. I can see the appeal for Americans visiting.

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Heredia

Traveling in Costa Rica can be done by Pubic Buses, Car Rentals, Shared and Private Transfers (www.transportationincostarica.com), Domestic Airlines and taxi boats. Just get the best resources that fits to your needs but bu sure you can make it cheap, moderate or in a luxury style. Enjoy your holidays in Costa Rica!

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San Jose

I have lived in Costa Rica since 2009, and am lucky enough to work in the travel industry. I've personally been to over 100 hotels, resorts and villas in the country. The most highly promoted areas (Manuel Antonio, La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano and Guanacaste), they are all great for a first trip. They are comfortable for travelers and offer conveniences like restaurants, grocery stores, medical offices, etc.

For those interested in something off the beaten path, I cannot recommend enough a trip out to the Nicoya Peninsula (surfer, yoga, wellness-vibe) and the Osa Peninsula (absolute jungle, wildlife, adventure-destination).

Guanacaste is an incredibly special place, but I encourage you to visit in the 'rainy season' (June - November) so that we have received at least a little bit of rain. If you come to Guanacaste during the dry months, it is a dustbowl. During the rainy months, you will get an afternoon shower here and there, and the most incredible sunsets following the rain.

Costa Rica is famous for its small boutique hotels. Get out of your comfort zone here. Marriotts and Hiltons are wonderful, but to get a unique experience here you really want to go boutique.

To see first hand photos of travel in Costa Rica, follow along on Instagram: @anastasiasadventures

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San Francisco, California, USA

I highly recommend visiting Costa Rica if you ever have a chance. The people are lovely, warm and friendly. The outdoor experience is out of this world from the diverse terrain, coffee plantations and farms to city life and exploring the rich culture you won't be disappointed or ever bored.

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San Jose, California, USA

It's so green! Costa Rica was my first exposure to Latin America, and it did not disappoint. Whether you come for the beach or the rainforest (or both), you will have a great time. I've not yet heard of anyone that's left unhappy. Because of the government-subsidized universities, the general population is well educated, and this is why many global companies base their Latin American expansions here. So, you can imagine the country's trajectory.

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Heredia, Costa Rica

Transportation in Costa Rica.
Shared Shuttles
Traveling alone or with your couple? Need to keep an eye on your budget? then Shared Shuttles are the perfect way to travel around Costa Rica. Get to your destination fast, secure and on time while meeting other people. Features:

- Shared Shuttles are available on a daily basis
- Morning and afternoon departs (depending on the destination)
- Door-to-door service (We will pick you up at your hotel and leave you at your next destination hotel)
- From/to most popular destinations in Costa Rica, including Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Tamarindo, San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) airports. Please check the complete list of Shared Shuttles Destinations.
- Insurance for each passenger
- Prices are per person.

Private Transfers
A Private Transfer in Costa Rica is often the best choice for families and groups of friends. You have the van for your exclusive use, meaning private service with no other passengers except for those in your party. If traveling with more than 3 people this is your choice. Features:

- Airport Meet & Greet
- Departing at time and place of your convenience
- Includes all Costa Rica destinations
- Door-to-door service
- Bilingual guide-driver
- Stops on the road at your convenience
- Sightseeing
- Insurance for each passenger
- Latest model mini-vans. with A/C
- Prices are per van

Get more information on www.transportationincostarica.com

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San Diego

Costa Rican beach and sunset. Look at that sky... So serene and melancholic...Chasing sunsets...

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Magical! People had warned me before going that I wouldn't want to leave. It's hard to explain how amazing Costa Rica can be, you really have to see it for yourself!

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