When you are travelling around Costa Rica you will hear one phrase, again and again. Pura Vida! And while this expression literally translates to ‘pure life’ – it has a multitude of meanings and uses. You can use it for everything from ‘no worries’ to ‘that’s great’. And when you go to Costa Rica, you’ll soon understand why these sentiments are so commonly used.
Costa Rica is a country known for its stability and peace. After all, it hasn’t had an army since 1949. And that is why this little country is also known as the Switzerland of Central America! But that’s not the only measure in which Costa Rica leads the way. Around one quarter of the country is protected, making it an ecotourism hotspot. Within its pristine rainforests you can find wildlife such as sloth, tapir and monkeys. And with great infrastructure, its volcanoes, cloud forests and beaches are all within a very short drive.
Costa Rica is the ideal place for adventure. Explore active volcanoes, go white-water rafting or zipline through the canopy. In fact, Arenal and Monteverde offer some of the best adventure activities in Central America.
And then there are the stunning beaches. From wildlife watching along the Caribbean coastline to palm-fringed paradise along the Pacific coast. Whether you’re after a fun-filled family holiday or a romantic honeymoon – every corner of Costa Rica reveals something unique.
– December to April is the dry season in most areas.
– The lush green scenery found from May to November means the wetter months can be just as enjoyable.
– Turtle-nesting seasons run from February to April, and July to September in Tortuguero National Park.
– With more than 25% of the country’s territory protected, Costa Rica is one of the world’s best ecotourism destinations– Monteverde, Tortuguero and Manual Antonio National Parks are top picks.
– Stay at Pacuare River Lodge for some of the best white water rafting in Central America.
– The area around Arenal Volcano offers amazing activities such as hikes, zip lines along the Forest Canopy and bike rides.
– Visit Osa Peninsula (November to April) for some of the best wildlife viewings in the country, with sightings of giant anteater, monkeys and tapir common.
– Birdwatcher enthusiast should not miss the opportunity to visit Tenorio National Park.
– Watch sea turtles hatching on the Tortuguero National Park.
– Visit the indigenous community in Cahuita and learn about their way of life.