Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, the tourist can enjoy wonderful amazing beaches, the grandest adventures, the wonders of nature and scintillating lifestyle. Not surprising, then, nature-loving tourists from all over the world have made Costa Rica their prime vacation option.

Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the middle of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the country is remarkably accessible – you can travel from coast to coast within three hours by vehicle (or 45 minutes by plane).

The Caribbean region of Costa Rica is unique for the selection of aquatic ecosystems and its lovely white and black sand beaches, offering a great environment for actions like sports fishing, surfing, and sunbathing. The Pacific coast concentrates major visitors centers and its beaches are very favorite for surfing, for instance Hermosa, Esterillos, Boca Barranca, Jaco. Within the Golfito location, near the Marino Ballena National Park, surfing enthusiasts can find the famous “long lefthander wave.”

Because Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the climate is tropical year round. However, the country has many microclimates depending on elevation, rainfall, topography, and by the geography of each particular region.

Costa Rica’s seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period. The year can be split into two periods, the dry season known to the residents as summer, and the rainy season, known locally as winter. The “summer” or dry season goes from December to April, and “winter” or rainy season goes from May to November, which almost coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season, and during this time, it rains constantly in some regions.

The location receiving the most rain is the Caribbean slopes of the Central Cordillera mountains, with an annual rainfall of over 5,000 mm (196.9 in). Humidity is also higher on the Caribbean side than on the Pacific side. The mean annual temperature on the coastal lowlands is around 27 °C (81 °F), 20 °C (68 °F) in the main populated areas of the Central Cordilera, and below 10 °C (50 °F) on the summits of the highest mountains.