As lives are finally starting to go back to normal with the coronavirus situation slowly plateauing, people are eager to get back into the vacation mindset. After spending 2020 and most of 2021 in quarantine while maintaining social distance, many of us are ready to escape and enjoy life in gorgeous retreats and relaxing resorts once again.
Costa Rica is a beautiful Central American country with lush jungles and vast biodiversity, making it be one of the top places to visit on vacation. With beaches, rainforests, wildlife, and volcanoes, there’s something fun for everybody to enjoy!
1. Best time to visit
Costa Rica has a tropical climate, with its dry summer season ranging from December to April, which is also the best time to visit. However, the Caribbean coast is particularly gorgeous during October as well. Airlines usually offer continuous flights into the country, and there’s always something to do no matter what time of the year it is.
If you’re on a bit of a budget, visiting in the wet season is just as fun! Just be careful to pack a proper raincoat, because an umbrella just can’t cut it in these rainforests.
There’s so much to do and so much to see! Here are some amazing reasons to visit the country:
Costa Rica has 28 national parks, 3 of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and makes up around 6% of the entire world’s biodiversity. There are more than just jungles to look forward to here! With vast cloud forests and swamps, hot springs, rain forests, and coral reefs, taking a hike on these protected lands is like a dream come true. For instance, the Rio Celeste waterfall in Tenorio Volcano National Park looks ethereal in its beauty.
More than 30% of the country is made up of national parks and jungle forests, which means that there are a lot of places for a wide variety of animals to thrive. There’s a wide variety of wildlife for you to discover no matter where you go in the country. The nation hosts over 500,000 species of different animals, including scarlet macaws, colorful butterflies, howler monkeys, iguanas, and sloths.
3. Tropical marine life
The country’s marine territory is much bigger than its land. Costa Rica hosts more than 25 species of different dolphins and whales, as well as hundreds of different types of tropical fish, rays, mollusks, cephalopods, sharks, and coral. There are a dozen of marine parks and reserves where these animals can live and breed safely.
You can go out on a dolphin and whale watching tour, dive in the waters of Bat Islands in Santa Rosa National Park, snorkel among the coral, or go on a catamaran sailing excursion to experience Costa Rica’s beautiful marine wonders. The Catalinas Islands are one of the best places to do so, with angelfish, parrotfish, octopus, and more surrounding this area.
4. Hummingbird capital
Costa Rica is one of the best places for bird-watching enthusiasts, with over 50 species of hummingbirds alone, boasting its title as the hummingbird capital for this reason. One of the largest hummingbirds you can find in Costa Rica is the Violet Sabrewing. Some of the other types of birds that you may come across in Costa Rica include toucans, variety of parrots, tanagers, the coppery-headed emerald, magenta-throated woodstar, and many more.
If you’re looking for a thrill and an epic adventure, Costa Rica has it all! There are dozens of companies that specialize in a variety of activities such as river rafting, fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding, ATV driving, and zip lining through forests. You also have multiple opportunities to go surfing, hiking, and swimming.
Places like Rincon de la Vieja have all-day adventure tours that include multiple adventure-packed activities.
Costa Rica has some of the most delicious food in Central America. Taking inspiration from its neighboring countries as well as Caribbean cuisine, Costa Rican dishes put their own twist on local food to create mouth-watering treats.
Some popular dishes include things like vuelve a la vida (almost like a quiche), pejibayes, and arreglados (a sandwich of sorts). The capital, San José has gained increasing popularity over the past few years as a hip place for young up-and-coming chefs and craft brewers.
Costa Rica cares greatly about the environment and puts in enormous efforts to keep its national parklands and beaches protected. The country boasts more than 800 miles of beautiful, pristine shoreline along both the Caribbean and Pacific sides of the nation. Tamarindo is one of the most popular beach towns in the Guanacaste Province, famous for its surf waves and sea turtles in Playa Grande, just north of Tamarindo.
Costa Rica has some of the best coffee in the world, making it a paradise for caffeine addicts. Locals are estimated to drink around six cups of coffee in a day, acting as one of the main drivers of the economy. You can find a good cup of coffee or a bag of beans to take as a souvenir back home in any local store.
This culturally rich and vibrant country can offer a wealth of experiences during your visit. San José has a wide variety of fascinating art galleries and museums for you to experience Costa Rica’s history and artistic side.
You can go to the National Theater of Costa Rica, showcasing its gorgeous European-style architecture along with a coffee and gift shop to collect souvenirs. There is also the Museo del Oro Precolombino for history lovers out there, containing more than 1,600 artifacts from 500 A.D. If you want to go shopping, hit up Mercado Centrale for a variety of knickknacks!
Comfortable vacation rentals near Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Now that you’ve made up your mind to go to Costa Rica as your next holiday destination, it’s time to book a place to stay! Out of Office Villa is one of the most gorgeous and luxurious remote vacation homes in the area. Their luxury villa rental in Guanacaste has high-speed internet for remote workers and vacationers.
The main attractions in the area include Playa Junquillal beach and Playa Blanca. You can go boogie boarding, jump in the ocean waves, or simply relax and observe the local wildlife such as howler monkeys, iguanas, hawks, and parrots.
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