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“Switzerland of Central America” is one of the most popular nicknames of Costa Rica. Natural beauty, quality and comfort in every aspect of everyday life and a general sense of peace and justice are the primary principles that dominate Costa Rica; reminding a lot of the European country. More than 1,5 million of travellers annually search for cheap air tickets to Costa Rica, in an attempt to get away from it all. Tiny Costa Rica does the miracle and it does it for everyone. Respecting nature and bringing humans closer to their natural habitat, Costa Rica gives you the opportunity to explore pristine forests and national parks, lie and sunbath on black and gold beaches and hike on the slopes of a – very – active volcano. Book ahead to find cheap accommodation in Costa Rica and be prepared to discover all the natural beauty you can get, within the genuinely friendly, laid back and warm safety net the local Ticos will create for you.
Situated between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica is a tiny country enjoying enormous international fame for two reasons; extraordinary natural wealth and peace and justice in the country’s political state – quite unusual, don’t you think?
After the end of the 1949’s military movements, the government made a crucial decision that would change Costa Rica’s fate forever: The State would dispose the largest portion of its capital at three main fields; education, health and nature!
- Costa Rica’s literacy rate is 97.8%, ranking top among the countries of Central America.
- Health insurance is free for every employee, worker and their families, practically for everyone.
- Costa Rica owns 6% of the world’s flora and fauna.. covering only 0,03% of the world’s surface!
Nearly one quarter of Costa Rica is a designated protected national park, attracting thousands of visitors, nature-lovers, hikers and adventure-seekers. The phrase “country of contrasts” in Costa Rica is truer than ever; the country’s geographical contrasts are sharp and charming – from the jungle to the volcanoes, lush forests to serene beaches, secluded locations to more organised and tourist-friendly spots, Costa Rica truly is a place of wonders!
A destination that we all share in our bucket lists, visit Costa Rica and you won’t regret it; the only danger lies in the possibility of not wanting to come back. Ever! Would you take the risk?
Costa Rica’s main airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría) is located 20 kilometres west of San José, capital of Costa Rica and can be reached by public or private buses.
Getting around Costa Rica
You can get around Costa Rica by bus or ferry; minimum taxi fare costs around 599.15 CRC.
Costa Rica Guide
Costa Rica is divided into 7 provinces: San José, Cartago, Limón, Guanacaste, Puntaneras, Heredia and Alajuela.
- San José is the capital of Costa Rica. Once a small village, it boomed after 1850 and the rise of the demand for coffee, a local product of the city. As a result, San José was knew a great development, thus upgrading its architecture and lifestyle.
At San José you’ll come across many modern buildings, hotels, restaurants and boutiques, as well as some restored colonial mansions that date back to the 19th century. Escazú is San José’s most developed neighbourhood.
- The Irazú Volcano National Park extends at the area surrounding Costa Rica’s highest volcano, Irazú.
Irazú’s violent eruption in 1723 was followed by 15 more, with the most recent having occurred in 1963!
You can wander around the national park and hike on the volcano’s slopes, but you should be properly organised; you shouldn’t expect to find anything more than an information centre and a café.
While you’re at the area, you could also visit the Lankester Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico Lankester), founded in 1973, now serving as an important research and science centre, focusing on tropical plants, orchids and epiphytes.
- North of San José, Heredia is situated at the foot of Mt. Brava, an inactive volcano. Also known as the “City of Flowers”, Heredia boasts some interesting colonial architecture; churches, cathedrals, mansions and one of Costa Rica’s most popular café!
- Sharing borders with western Herendia, Alajuela is a must if you wish to explore legendary Arenal volcano (Volcán Arenal).
Back in 1968, nobody really expected for Arenal to erupt; it had been dormant for hundreds of years. Arenal’s eruption was so harsh, that three cities were completely destroyed, at the west end of the volcano.
El Borio, a city of the volcano’s eastern slope, somehow wasn’t affected by the eruption. The locals immediately changed its name to “La Fortuna”!
Arenal is still considered active, but you shouldn’t feel uneasy when you’re around it. Arenal’s volcanic activity keeps decreasing, making eruptions a more and more rare case.
- Going at a slower pace, Limón is a picturesque village by the sea, accumulating all the relaxing charm and energy that characterises Costa Rica.
- The Cahuita and Puerto Viejo districts are perfect for those of you who would like to escape reality and enjoy Costa Rica’s exotic beaches. Gold, black, pebbly, sandy and always beautiful, the beaches of these two areas cannot go unnoticed!
To enter Costa Rica, you need to have a passport, valid up until 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
Costa Rica has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons:
- The dry season, December – April, shows high – but not too high – temperatures and low humidity
- The wet season, April – November, shows high temperatures and high levels of humidity
Nonetheless, there is no best time to visit Costa Rica, as you can visit all year round, depending on your location and preference.