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10 Advantages of Green Season Travel
Experience fewer crowds, lower rates and verdant landscapes when you visit Costa Rica between May-November.
10 Interesting Facts
Learn more about Costa Rica with these ten fascinating facts.
10 Wildlife Photography Tips
Follow these simple tips to turn an average shot into a spectacular photograph.
5 things to see at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a majestic, ancient forest draped in green moss, hanging vines, bromeliads and ...
5 Travel Mistakes
Set yourself up for a stress-free holiday by steering clear of these travel mistakes.
Airlines Serving Costa Rica
Many major airlines serve Costa Rica’s two international airports in San Jose and Liberia.
Adults may bring up to five liters of alcoholic beverages duty free.
For a stress-free vacation, book a stay at one of Costa Rica's all-inclusive resorts.
Arenal Adventure Vacation
Arenal is home to many exhilarating tours like waterfall rappelling and cave spelunking.
Arenal vs. Monteverde
How can you compare the mists of the Monteverde cloud forest to the cooled magma of the Arenal Volcano? Arenal and ...
Authentication Rate Chart
A breakdown of fees charged to authenticate certain documents.
Backpacking can be both enjoyable and easy on the wallet if you follow a few basic tips.
Banking & Currency
The local currency is the colon, though U.S. dollars are accepted in most tourist areas.
Best Family Vacations
Costa Rica's wild wonders and exciting activities naturally cater to children's interests.
Best Places for Solo Travel
Discover some of Costa Rica's most beautiful destinations for independent travelers.
Best Trips for Every Traveler
Discover amazing wildlife, seaside relaxation or the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica.
Bus schedules to popular tourist destinations throughout Costa Rica.
Many businesses close from 12-1 p.m., for the traditional Latin America siesta.
Caribbean Beaches & Surf Region
Lovely beaches, surf and living coral reefs are just part of this region’s tropical allure.
Central Pacific Golf Courses
An overview of the central Pacific's premier golfing destination, La Iguana Golf Course.
An overview of the procedures required to authenticate documents.
Choosing the place for you: Jaco, Herradura, Hermosa, Esterillos, or Bejuco
Jaco's popularity may dwarf some that of the surrounding area, but it's only one popular beachside town surrounded by ...
Tropical sunshine, Pacific trade wind breezes and cool misty mountains are just a part of Costa Rica's temperate ...
Cloud Forest Highlands Region
The scenic Cloud Forest Highlands Region encompasses Monteverde and surrounding towns.
Coffee Culture in Costa Rica
The history and tradition of Costa Rica's golden bean, which helped transform the country.
Cosmetic Surgery in Costa Rica
More than 30,000 medical tourists choose Costa Rica every year for plastic surgery and dental procedures.
Costa Rica Destination Wedding
Costa Rica's beautiful landscapes create the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding.
Costa Rica Highlights for a Short Vacation
Make the most of your one-week Costa Rica vacation with our suggested itinerary.
Costa Rica To Be Carbon Neutral
A model of success for ecotourism, Costa Rica plans to be carbon neutral by 2021.
Costa Rica's Best Wellness Retreats
Embrace a new paradigm of wellness in Costa Rica, home to many rejuvenating health retreats.
Costa Rica's Blue Zones
The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the world's blue zones, where people live longer, happier lives.
Costa Rica's Caribbean Charm
Costa Rica's Caribbean coast offers travelers a distinct multiculturalism that's unique to the region.
Costa Rica's Local Flavor
Satisfy your inner foodie on a gastronomic tour through Costa Rica's varied cuisine.
Costa Rica's most famous beaches, rainforests and volcanoes
Costa Rica looks so small on a map. You can actually see both coastlines while flying into the airport in San Jose, and...
Costa Rican Jatropha as Biofuel
Jatropha is a biofuel wonder plant, and a major player in the world's switch to green diesel.
Details on the climate, language, transportation, holidays and communication system.
An assortment of diverse destinations and activities cater to travelers in wheelchairs.
Driving in Costa Rica
Renting your own set of wheels can be one of the most rewarding ways to explore Costa Rica.
Driving to Costa Rica
Tips and advice for driving to Costa Rica from the United States.
Dry Season vs. Green Season
The pros and cons of visiting Costa Rica during the dry and green seasons.
Duty Free Articles
At Customs, items for your own personal use are free of duty.
Exiting Costa Rica
Be prepared to pay a departure tax of $28 USD when leaving Costa Rica by airplane.
Family Friendly Monteverde
Children stare wide-eyed in Monteverde, a cloud forest wonderland of engaging sights.
Firearms & Ammunition
Firearms and ammunition are subject to restrictions and import permits.
Flights & Travel Times
Average air travel time and distance from Costa Rica to major world cities.
Flying into San Jose vs. Liberia Airport
Decide which airport best suits your needs depending on your travel plans.
Fun Activities Without A Guide
Ten fun and cheap activities you can do in Costa Rica without a guide.
Fifteen interesting facts about Costa Rica, from local slang to the most active volcanoes.
Costa Rica is one of Latin America’s top destinations for gay travel.
Geography of Costa Rica
Costa Rica's geographical diversity enables adventures through several ecosystems.
Whether you're looking to spend your vacation in a hammock on a quiet beach or you want to see all the country's ...
Going Green in Luxury
Be a true eco-traveler at some of the country's finest hotels that practice what they preach.
Golden Beaches & Tropical Dry Forest Region
This diverse region encompasses the northwestern part of Costa Rica.
GPS in Costa Rica
A GPS is invaluable for navigating Costa Rica's city and backcountry roads.
Green Sea Turtle Season in Tortuguero
Every year thousands of sea turtles crawl ashore in the moonlight to nest on the shores of Tortuguero. Local legend says...
History of Costa Rica
A brief history of Costa Rica, from Christopher Columbus through modern times.
An overview of Costa Rica's main holidays, locally known as feriados.
Hotels & Resorts
From cheap hostels to luxe resorts, Costa Rica has accommodations for all budgets.
How Costa Rica is Going Green
A pioneer of ecotourism in Latin America, Costa Rica’s green reputation is well deserved.
How much time do you need to see Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has nearly 20,000 miles filled with fabled rich coastlines, rainforests, cities, volcanoes, mountains and ...
Seasoned travelers know that it pays to have good insurance when traveling abroad.
International Phone Calls
How to make international phone calls from and to Costa Rica.
Island Escapes in Costa Rica
Discover four amazingly diverse islands off Costa Rica's Pacific coast.
Liberia International Airport
Liberia's Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport serves the Guanacaste region.
Manuel Antonio Girls' Getaway
Enjoy white-sand beaches and a soothing ambiance on your next girls' getaway.
Manuel Antonio's Tropical Romance
Discover romance in this enchanting destination, brimming with outdoor adventures that will captivate your senses.
Mass Turtle Nesting at Ostional
Tens of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles nest along Ostional's beaches every year.
Medicines & Narcotics
Some medicines must meet certain requirements to clear Costa Rica Customs.
Monteverde Night Hikes
A thousand eyes stare back reflecting in the glow of our flashlights. The sun has set and the only remaining light ...
Mountain Peaks Region
High-altitude rivers and cool mountains define Costa Rica’s Mountain Peaks Region.
Navigating the Airport
The Juan Santamaria International Airport receives most of the country's tourist traffic.
New Vineyard: Costa Rica Uncorked
Famed Napa winemaker plants four varieties of grapes in Costa Rica, launching the country's largest vineyard.
North Pacific Golf Courses
An overview of the north Pacific's major golf courses, including course slopes and par.
Overlooked Travel Destinations
These overlooked destinations deliver on all fronts: adventure, natural beauty, and local charm.
Pacific Beaches & Rainforest Region
Gorgeous beaches and seaside villages are hallmarks of this region.
Be prepared with our ultimate packing list of tried and tested travel items.
People of Costa Rica
Learn more about Ticos, a term Costa Ricans affectionately call themselves.
Phones & Internet
Cell phone service and Internet are widespread throughout the country.
Planning a Trip to Osa - Things you need to know
The Osa Peninsula isn’t like a zoo or a circus where you see trained animals locked in confinement in unnatural ...
Planning a Volunteer Vacation
Ten important considerations when planning your Costa Rica volunteer vacation.
Poas, Irazu or Arenal: Which Volcano Suits You
Use our quick overview to determine which volcano suits your travel style and wish list.
You'll find post offices in nearly every city and town in Costa Rica.
Helpful trip planning information for your Costa Rica vacation.
Prices for dining out in Costa Rica
You'll find food for every price in Costa Rica. There's the family-owned corner restaurant that sells hot, fresh ...
Provinces of Costa Rica
Costa Rica's almost 20,000 square miles are divided into seven provinces.
Renting a Car
Discover the pros, cons and costs of renting a car in Costa Rica.
Riding the Bus
Public buses are inexpensive and convenient for travel throughout the country.
Safe Travel Tips
Costa Rica is a very safe country to travel in, but it never hurts to take a few precautions to ensure an enjoyable ...
San Jose & Coffee Towns Region
This region offers perpetual spring-like weather and an exciting array of day trips.
San Jose Golf Courses
An overview of San Jose area golf courses with info on course ratings, slope and yardage.
Saving Sea Turtles in Tortuguero
Observe nesting sea turtles and learn about local conservation efforts.
Secrets to Great Coffee
Someone once told me you can taste the world in a great cup of coffee. I never really thought much about it until I was ...
Practical information and suggestions for senior travelers to Costa Rica.
Showers in Costa Rica
During your stay in Costa Rica, you may encounter the country's famous electric shower heads.
Slang & Idioms
Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of expressions, street slang and unique vocabulary.
Something for Everyone in Monteverde
Monteverde’s main attractions center around its stunning scenery and outdoor adventures.
Useful Spanish phrases for your travels through Costa Rica.
Taxis are inexpensive and convenient, and may be less costly than renting a car.
Ten Reasons to Visit Tortuguero
View sea turtles nesting at night and delight in local Afro-Caribbean culture and cuisine.
The best of Jaco, Manuel Antonio and Dominical
Part of the beauty of the central Pacific lies in its diversity, like drawing a card from a tarot deck, each beachside ...
The World's Only Edible Orchid
Vanilla is considered the world's only edible, fruit-bearing orchid – and the planet's second-most expensive spice.
Tipping in Costa Rica
A suggested tipping guide for travelers in Costa Rica.
Tips for Responsible Travel
Help the environment by having as little impact as possible when you travel.
Tips for Safe and Fun Zip Lining/Canopy Tours
Practical information and tips for safe and fun zip lining/Canopy Tours in Costa Rica
Tips for Shoestring Travel
Follow our wallet-friendly tips to save money on your next shoestring trip to Costa Rica.
Tips, tricks and cheats for traveling in Costa Rica
Essential tips, tricks and cheats for traveling in Costa Rica
Top 3 things to do in Jaco
Jaco's sun-drenched days will satisfy any visitor looking for their vacation-sanctioned beach time, but in-between those...
Top 5 best Beaches of 2013
Costa Rica's beaches come in every color and while some are only good for sunbathing, others offer world-class surfing ...
Tortuguero for the Eco Traveler
Your tourism dollar supports local communities and protects threatened species in this unique eco-destination.
Compared to many major cities around the world, San Jose’s streets are quite safe.
Traveling to Costa Rica During COVID-19 Pandemic
As the number of covid-19 cases soars to new highest, Costa Rica lifts its travel restrictions and opens its ...
Traveling with Costa Rica Disaster and Emergency Color Coded Alerts
Mother nature seldom wows your vacation in Costa Rica with earthquakes, flooding, wildfires, volcano eruptions, storms ...
Traveling with Costa Rica Health Alerts
Stay safe and healthy while traveling in Costa Rica understanding the level of risk of contracting a disease and the ...
Traveling with Kids
A family-friendly destination, Costa Rica makes it easy to travel with children.
Turtle Nesting & Jungle Canals Region
Freshwater canals dot this region, best known for its nesting sea turtles.
U.S. Authentication Authorities
Select the state of document issuance to determine the governing authentication authority.
Volcano Country Region
Enjoy adventure activities, volcano-fed hot springs and wildlife watching.
Which Coast to Visit
An overview of Costa Rica's Caribbean and Pacific coast beaches and tourist towns.
Why Visit Costa Rica?
Traveling is less a hobby than a lifestyle. When vacations come only once a year, you've got to fall in love with the ...
Wild for Wildlife in Drake Bay
Drake Bay is a convenient base for exploring the Osa Peninsula’s many highlights.
Wilderness Frontier Region
The Wilderness Frontier is one of Costa Rica’s least explored and most beautiful areas.
Women Traveling Alone
Costa Rica is safe for solo female travelers; follow these tips for a stress-free trip.
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