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Overview Of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the jewel in the crown of Central America.  It is a small country of just 300 miles from top to toe and 175 miles at its widest point.

Costa Rica is an absolute oasis of peace and paradise located between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south.  It is flanked by two of the world’s great oceans. The Caribbean Sea on the eastern side and Pacific Ocean on the western side.

Without a doubt, the greatest appeal of Costa Rica is the incredible abundance of flora and fauna.

The country is chockablock full of rain forests, thundering waterfalls, rivers, volcanoes and remote beaches.  Costa Rica also has the most incredible selection of wildlife.  You are very likely to see Giant Sea Turtles on some of the remoter beaches and pods of dolphins frolicking in the waves.

On land, there are hundreds of species of colourful tropical birds, mischievous monkeys and even an odd jaguar or cougar cat.  The incredible diversity of the landscape in Costa Rica makes it the perfect destination for a family holiday and for people who love nature and adventure tourism.

Costa Rica also has some of the world’s best beaches making it a great destination for beachcombers too.

Costa Rica has made really clever decisions that have created protected marine and forest reserves that allow the natural wildlife to flourish.  As guests of this progressive country, you can engage with the wildlife in an intelligent and informed way – ensuring the very best experience for both man and beast.

For those who like the finer things in life, there is an incredible selection of villas.  Dotted along the very mild Pacific coastlines, you can establish yourself on the edge of a beautiful beach and enjoy the warm waters of the ocean on your doorstep. Costa Rica romantic vacations are very popular with honeymoon couples.

With lush forests surrounding your property, the sound of birdsong will be the musical backdrop for your luxurious vacation.

Getting to Costa Rica

From The US

From the USA to San Jose Airport

  • American Airlines - from Dallas Forth Worth, Miami
  • Jetblue Airways - from Orlando, Fortlauderdale
  • Delta - from Atlanta, LAX
  • LACSA Lineas Aereas Costarricenses - from Miami, Charlotte, Phoenix
  • United Airlines - from Newark, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Washington Dulles
  • US Air - from Charlotte, Miami
  • Spirit Airlines - from Fortlauderdale
  • Frontier Airlines Inc. - from Denver

From the USA to Liberia Airport

  • American Airlines - from Dallas Fort Worth, Miami
  • Jetblue Airways Corporation - from JFK
  • Delta Air Lines - from Atlanta
  • United Airlines - from Newark, Houston
  • US Airways - from Charlotte, Chicago
  • Frontier Airlines Inc. - from Denver
  • Sun Country Airlines - from Dallas Fort Worth

From Canada

  • Air Canada – from Toronto to San Jose          Flying Time:  5hr 15min (non-stop)
  • WestJet – from Montreal to Liberia                Flying Time:  5hr 15 min (non-stop)

From Europe to Costa Rica

From France

  • Air France - from Paris (Charles de Gaulle) to San Jose

From Amsterdam

  • KLM – from Schipol to San Jose

From Spain

  • Iberia Airlines - from Barcelona and Madrid to San Jose.

From the UK

  • British Airways – No direct route - connecting via Paris or Amsterdam.

Weather in Costa Rica

The geography, location and terrain all play a part in determining the weather of this gorgeous country.  Costa Rica likes to depict its two seasons as Dry Season and Green Season. The promixity to the Equator ensures there are 12 hours of sunlight each day allowing lots of hours to get out and explore the magic of this country.

Each region varies in terms of climate so if you want to visit during the Dry or Green season, take a look at our recommendations below.

The Dry Season – warm and dry!

December to April

The North Pacific Coast, Nicoya Peninsula, Central Pacific Coast, Central Valley, Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay, San Jose Highlands and Rincon de la Vieja are at their most sublime December to April.

May to November

Arenal Volcano and Northern Lowlands are best May to November.

January to May

Monteverde – January to May.

February to March / September to October

Caribbean North and Caribbean South – February - March / September - October.

The Green Season – warm with tropical showers, interspersed with sunny conditions.

The Green Season is when tropical showers follow mostly sunny mornings.  The rain ensures white water rafting is at its most thrilling and the surfing breakers are more intense.

May to November

The North Pacific Coast, Nicoya Peninsula, Central Pacific Coast, Central Valley, Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay, San Jose Highlands and Rincon de la Vieja are at their most green and lush May to November.

December to April

Arenal Volcano and Northern Lowlands are best December to April.

June to November

Monteverde – June to November.

April to August / November to Janaury

Caribbean North and Caribbean South – April to August / November to Janaury.