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Destinations in Costa Rica

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Regions in Costa Rica

  • Middle Valley
    The centre of Costa Rica; mainly urban. The country’s most populous cities are located here, including San José. Many museums and some volcanoes are to be noted in this region.
  • Central Pacific
    Home to some of Costa Rica’s most famous beaches and national parks. Perhaps one of the most touristy regions of Costa Rica, along with Guanacaste.
  • Guanacaste
    The “dry region” of Costa Rica, with little rain at any time of year, fabulous beaches and surfing, and some great volcanic and dry forest parks in the north, near the Nicaraguan border.
  • Limón
    The least visited region in the country, due to its relative isolation. Nevertheless, there are great opportunities for white water rafting and sea turtle watching. There are also many beautiful beaches. It is also considered an outpost of Jamaican culture in Costa Rica due to the high percentage of residents of Jamaican descent.
  • Northern Costa Rica
    A sparsely populated but beautiful and mountainous region best known for its active Arenal Volcano and surrounding hot springs, volcanic lakes and cloud forests.
  • South Pacific Costa Rica
    One of the most diverse environments on the planet, rich in exotic endemic flora and fauna, and some of the most beautiful and remote tropical beaches on the planet.

Cities in Costa Rica

Due to Costa Rica’s topography and historical development, most of its economic growth has been concentrated in the country’s central valley, which includes four cities: San José (capital), Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia. The provincial capitals (Liberia, Puntarenas and Limón) and other strategically located cities are of regional importance, especially for tourism. The most important cities in Costa Rica for travellers are:

  • San José – The capital.
  • Alajuela – Location of the Juan Santamaría International Airport
  • Cartago – first capital of Costa Rica
  • Jacó – the largest city on the central Pacific coast, surrounded by incredible biodiversity and natural beauty, famous surf spot.
  • Heredia – Coffee plantations
  • Liberia – Location of the Daniel Oduber International Airport and gateway to the beaches of Guanacaste, such as Samara, Nosara, Carillo.
  • Puerto Limón – Main town on the Caribbean side
  • Puerto Jiménez – Small town and hub of the South Pacific region of Costa Rica.

Quesada – the largest town in the north of the country, surrounded by hot springs popular with Costa Rica holidaymakers; locally known as “San Carlos”.

Other destinations in Costa Rica

  • Arenal Volcano – active volcano
  • Cahuita National Park
  • Chirripo National Park
  • Cocos Island National Park
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves
  • Rincón de la Vieja National Park
  • Tortuguero National Park

How To Travel To Costa Rica

By air Juan Santamaría Airport (IATA: SJO) is located near the towns of Alajuela (3 km), Heredia and the capital San José (25 km). SJO is currently being redeveloped and in July 2009 operations were taken over by the same organisation that manages the airports in Houston, Texas. This otherwise pleasant...

How To Travel Around Costa Rica

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Visa & Passport Requirements for Costa Rica

Most visitors can enter Costa Rica without a visa and stay in the country for 90 days. Costa Rica requires Indian nationals to have a valid visa on entry. However, people of any nationality with a valid visa from the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea or a Schengen visa...

Weather & Climate in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the equator, so the climate is tropical all year round. However, the country has many microclimates depending on the altitude, rainfall, topography and geography of each region. Costa Rica's seasons are defined by the amount of rain that falls...

Accommodation & Hotels in Costa Rica

Throughout Costa Rica you will find many accommodations including hotels, aparthotels, condos, holiday homes and cabinas. Holiday homes, cabinas and condos can be less expensive than hotels and offer more flexibility in your Costa Rica adventure. Costa Rica is known for being a world leader in green and sustainable...

Things To See in Costa Rica

Wildlife Costa Rica is known worldwide for the incredibly high biodiversity in its tropical forests (this includes rainforests, cloud forests and dry forests). There are tropical mammals such as monkeys, sloths, tapirs and wild cats, as well as an amazing range of insects and other animals. There are many birds...

Things To Do in Costa Rica

Beaches Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of activities, but whatever your interests, you will want to spend time on one of the country's many great beaches. The main beaches on the Pacific coast are in the Central Pacific region, on the Nicoya Peninsula and in Guanacaste....

Food & Drinks in Costa Rica

Food in Costa Rica Costa Rican cuisine can be described as simple but healthy. The spiciness often associated with Latin America comes mostly from Mexico. Most Costa Rican food is not spicy, but when it simmers in a large pot, the flavours blend. Gallo pinto is a mixture of rice and...

Money & Shopping in Costa Rica

The local currency is the Costa Rican Colón (plural, Colones) CRC, named after Christopher Columbus (whose name in Spanish was Cristobal Colón), sometimes given locally as ₡ and sometimes with the more common American cent symbol '¢' or ₵. As of March 2014, 1 US$ = ₡548 or 1 €...

Festivals & Holidays in Costa Rica

Holidays in Costa Rica 1 January - New Year's Day (Aňo Nuevo)19 March - Saint Joseph (Dia de San José)Maundy Thursday / Good Friday - (Jueves y Viernes Santo)11 April - Juan Santamaria Day (commemoration of the Battle of Rivas 1856)1 May - Labour Day (Dia del Trabajo)25 July -...

Internet & Communications in Costa Rica

The international telephone/country code for Costa Rica is +506. A stamp to Europe costs ₡125 (0.20 USD). The main means of contact with the outside world are email, SIM cards for unlocked phones or public payphones. Internet cafés are relatively easy to find in tourist areas, although prices vary widely. Some of...

Language & Phrasebook in Costa Rica

Spanish is the official and most widely spoken language in Costa Rica. All major newspapers and official businesses are conducted in Spanish. English is widely spoken in most places, especially those frequented by tourists, and information for visitors is often bilingual or even exclusively in English. A number of...

Culture Of Costa Rica

Costa Rica was the meeting point of Mesoamerican and South American indigenous cultures. The northwestern part of the country, the Nicoya Peninsula, was the southernmost point of Nahuatl cultural influence when the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the 16th century. The central and southern parts of the country were under...

History Of Costa Rica

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Stay Safe & Healthy in Costa Rica

Stay Safe in Costa Rica Travel to Costa Rica is widespread: 1.9 million travellers visit the country every year, more than any other country in Latin America. Nevertheless, travellers to Costa Rica should exercise caution. The emergency number in Costa Rica is 911. Traffic in Costa Rica is dangerous, so be...



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