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Nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica is ideal for both adventure travelers and beach lovers. Whether you're traveling with a significant other or a group, book your choice of Costa Rica villas, and stay awhile in this natural wonderland.
Costa Rica enjoys warm weather year-round, with highs in the 70s or 80s from January through December. From May through November, Costa Rica experiences the rainy season, with substantial rainstorms and high humidity levels. The precipitation dries up from December through April, when the dry season makes way for peak travel season. Since the dry season is such a popular time to visit this scenic nation, be sure to book your Costa Rica villas several months in advance to secure the one that works best for your group.
How to Get Around Costa Rica
To reach Costa Rica, you'll want to fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport in the southern part of the country or into Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in the northern part of Costa Rica. If you're traveling on a budget, getting around by bus is affordable and effective. Simply check the timetables and plan a little extra time for any cross-country trips, since bus travel can be slow in Costa Rica. If you have more flexibility in your budget, hire a personal driver to get you from destination to destination. Hiring a reliable driver is a great way to ensure a low-stress stay in Costa Rica.
Top Things to Do in Costa Rica
Many travelers start their trip in Costa Rica's capital city, San José, which features numerous museums, markets, and fine dining. Also in central Costa Rica, don't miss Manuel Antonio National Park, which boasts some of the most impressive beaches and rainforests in the nation. Sunbathe on secluded beaches, spot monkeys and iguanas, and hike the picture-perfect nature trails. Next, head north to Guanacaste, home to white sand beaches and majestic volcanoes. Take the time to visit Rincón de la Vieja National Park and Santa Rosa National Park, both of which are on the Pacific Coast. For one of Costa Rica's most impressive rain forests, go to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, a 25,000-acre preserve with 2,500 plant species, 400 types of birds, and numerous hanging bridges and zip lines to offer a better perspective of it all.
Can't-Miss Costa Rica Events
If the timing is right, attending a festival in Costa Rica is a great way to enhance a fun vacation. Ring in the new year with Fiestas Zapote, an action-packed rodeo that takes place in San José each year. From carnival rides to fair food to nonstop entertainment, this festival promises tons of fun. If you're a fan of Carnival, make your way to Límon, where the party includes music, dancing, costumes, and parades. In the center of the country, Palmares hosts Costa Rica's annual cowboy festival, known as Fiestas Palmares. During this two-week festival you'll find rodeos, parades, rides, music, and ample food and drink.
Whether you'd rather sunbathe on the beach or hike through the rain forest, you can do it all in Costa Rica. Book your choice of Costa Rica villas in advance, and find the best beachside or forested spot for your group.