Central AmericaCosta Rica

COSTA RICA — Pura Vida! Swim, Surf, Scuba-dive, Zip line.

Swim, Surf, Scuba-dive, Zip line, White-water-raft, Rappel! Costa Rica offers you all of this and more! A very beautiful country with pretty and charming people. The capital city of San José is bustling, crowded and snarled with traffic during rush hour.

Recommended Places To Visit

West coast (Pacific coast) – Playas Tamarindo, Flamingo, Brasilito and Blanca.
Central – Town of La Fortuna, Arenal.
East coast (Caribbean coast) – City of Limón, Playa Negra, Playa Cocles, Sloth sanctuary, Jaguar rescue center.

Goes without saying, try to visit all the National Parks and beaches of Sea Turtle Nesting.

In San José you can rent a car and collect it right at the airport upon arrival by accepting that service when booking. Rental rates online are extremely inexpensive (we booked an SUV for USD 2/- per day but the insurance was USD 46/- per day which we were only enlightened about when we picked up the vehicle).

From the safety warnings given to us by our car rental company, we were wary and from staying in a gated boutique hotel inside of a gated community, we were even more wary but we stayed there only for a night so, had no bad experiences or tips to offer other than not to leave anything valuable inside your vehicle, especially visible.

car driving high in the mountains from San José to Playa Flamingo

High in the mountains, San José to Playa Flamingo

We drove from San José to Playa Flamingo (275 kms, 4 hrs via rt.21) and within an hour we were high in the mountains inside the clouds. The drive is good, single lane, keep to the speed limit, drive smart.

Currency – Colón/USD

Climate – April is the hottest month in San Jose with an average temperature of 25°C (76°F) and the coldest is January at 22°C (71°F). The most daily sunshine hours at 7 in June. September is the wettest month is

Capital city, San José (Province of Alajuela)Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaria is the airport {make sure your departure airport tax is included in your airfare or you pay USD 29/- per person (children included)} before check-in.

 TIPS:

  1. Have a GPS.
  2. Do not be afraid, trust your instincts with regard to people, situations and occurrences.
  3. Restaurant-bought food, water, alcohol is costly. Buy what you can at the local grocery store.
  4. The local Rum is CENTENARIO, buy the 7-year aged, awesome! USD14/- for 1.135 lt.
  5. ENJOY!

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