Visiting Costa Rica
1.5million tourists visit Costa Rica every year. It is best known for being a tropical paradise with an incredible variety of wildlife and flora and fauna to see. Situated in South America in between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, it is a small country that makes up for it in bio-diversity with 20 national parks like the Tortuguero National Park, which is famous for the sea turtles that regularly nest there. This is the land of the howler monkey and toucans. A canopy tour in that area can be a fascinating experience and there is the possibility of seeing many different animals and plants. There are 850 different bird species in Costa Rica alone and they come in every colour. Take a cloud forest tour or visit an active volcano with a good local guide who can identify bird calls and other exotic animal calls and who will know where to look for where animal species congregate.
If you are going with the family then why not choose to take part in the sports activities that are on offer like kayaking or take a scenic family horseback ride or mountain bike ride. The views of miles of white sandy beaches with beautiful coral reefs surrounded by tropical green forests are worth seeing.
Costa Rica translates as the ‘Rich Coast’. The seven provinces of Costa Rica are San Jose, Guanacaste, Heredia, Puntarenas, Cartago, Limon and Alajuela. San Jose is the most popular surrounded by volcanoes and lush green hills and is a bustling city. It is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America. Try visiting the busy markets, museums and neighbourhoods with colonial architecture.
Snorkelling, deep water fishing and rafting are all excellent water sports to try or do a spot of golf on the numerous golf courses in the area. The opportunity to relax in spas is available at most major hotels. A very friendly destination where locals are always inviting with a slow pace of life and a tropical climate all year round, you are sure to leave the country feeling energized and refreshed.
The best time to visit is during the dry season from December to April. Although it rains less at this time there is still a small chance of rain. On the Pacific and Caribbean coast weather is hot and humid all year round. Those who want to visit for the wildlife should remember that the Turtle season on the Caribbean coast is from late February to October. Fishing is good all year round but the best time for fishing the tarpon is between January and May, while September to November is best for fishing the snook fish and for the sailfish try between November and May.
Prices in Costa Rica are quite expensive in South American terms but compared to the US and Europe are still quite cheap. International prices will be requested in upmarket hotels and restaurants. Some major tourist areas are more popular than in other areas, like at Jaco, Manuel Antonio and at most beaches on the Peninsula de Nicoya.