1. Where is the best place to visit in Costa Rica?
There are so many wonderful places to visit in Costa Rica, that’s impossible to answer! But the good news is that the country is relatively small, so intrepid travellers can visit a whole lot of destinations in a short time. Some of the top destinations and points of interest in Costa Rica include San Jose, the capital, Jaco Beach, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Montezuma, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde and Santa Elena, Tamarindo and Guanacaste, Manuel Antonio, Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side of the country, and the many incredible national parks that dot the country.
2. Where is the best beach in Costa Rica?
Visitors tend to love different beaches for different reasons: diving and snorkeling, surfing, turtle and whale watching, remote jungle expeditions, or white sand and fruity drinks under an umbrella. Some of the best beaches in the country include Playa Uvita, Manuel Antonio, Samara, Tortuguero, Tamarindo, in and around Jaco, Cahuita, Mal Pais, Montezuma, Playa Cocles, and Playa Gandoca, just to name a few.
3. What’s the best time of year to visit Costa Rica?
There really aren’t summers and winters in Costa Rica like in northern climates, but rainy and dry seasons. The dry season usually runs from mid November until around May, while the rainy season lasts May into November. December and January are probably the best weather months, but also it’s the time of year where you’ll encounter the most crowds and higher prices. There really isn’t a bad time to visit Costa Rica, as even a little tropical afternoon rain won’t slow down your plans at all. But October tends to be the month with the most rain, so maybe plan your vacation before or after (unless you want huge discounts and no crowds!)
4. Is Costa Rica safe?
Costa Rica is a very safe country but it’s important to use common sense and act responsibly, just like you would in any major city or anywhere in your home country. Travelers who run into problems are usually doing something illegal, wandering around drunk at night, or not keeping their wits about them. Just for peace of mind, you should look into a cheap and easy travel insurance policy for your vacation.
5. Where is the best place to see wildlife in Costa Rica (searches may include monkeys or turtles, etc.)?
Whales, dolphins, sloths, turtles, monkeys, toucans, and many other exotic birds and fish are on display in Costa Rica, which is one of the most ecologically diverse land masses in the world despite its small size. Depending on what you want to see, Playa Ostional, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, Tortuguero National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay, Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Manzanillo, Nicoya Peninsula, Gulf of Papagayo, Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita National Park, Finca Baru Wildlife Refuge, Camaronal Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Santa Elena cloud forests in Puntarenas, Santa Rosa National Park, and La Selva Biological Station are all great options for spotting wildlife. Drop us an email with what animal you’re most hoping to encounter and we’ll be happy to guide you.
6. Do they use U.S. dollars in Costa Rica or do I need to change money?
These days, U.S. dollars are widely accepted in almost all areas that foster tourism in Costa Rica, including hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. ATM machines usually give you the option to take out U.S. dollars, which you can then spend and receive local Colones as change. But most people don’t need to hassle with changing money before they go or even when they get there. If you do change dollars to Colones, do so at a bank or your hotel, but never on the street or with a freelance moneychanger.
7. Should I fly into Liberia or San Jose airport?
Both airports are great and offer many unique advantages depending on where you plan on visiting. The majority of travelers still fly into SJO – San Jose’s International airport – because of its central location and accessibility to the east or west coast. But more and more vacationers fly directly into Liberia airport, in the northwest corner of the country in Guanacaste Province, which is where popular Tamarindo is located. It’s best to plan your destination in the country first, and then start searching for airfares and routes to the appropriate airport based on that.
8. What does “Pura vida” mean?
Pura vida is a Spanish phrase that literally translated to “pure life.” It is the Costa Rican national saying, used as a hello, a goodbye, a how are you doing, and also to express the chill, sunny, mellow vibe that people feel when they visit the country.
9. Do I need a visa to visit Costa Rica?
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica, only a valid U.S. passport (make sure it is still good for at least six months after your trip) and proof of a plane ticket to exit the country. Residents of the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, and many other countries do not need a visa, but can enter and stay for 90 days as a tourist. But it’s a good idea to check with your embassy or the Costa Rican consulate just to make sure.
10. What’s the best place to book hotels/vacation houses/tours/package deals/transportation to Costa Rica?
The best way to ensure that you end up with the best vacation in Costa Rica is simply to contact jacoholidays, We can advise you on the best and cheapest flights, arrange transportation from the airport and to and from your hotels, tours around the country, plenty of adventure sports, and even arrange a wonderful vacation rental so you’ll have the best vacation of your life!