Costa Rica

Central America & the Caribbean

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Quick Guide

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Costa Rica is the undisputed king of eco- and adventure-tourism in Central America. The incredibly biodiverse slice of paradise has got it all worked out so that you can just rock up and dive straight into the treasure trove of natural delights on offer. Waterfall after perfect waterfall, endless stretches of untouched beach, jungle to be explored, and lakes for days – the pristine beauty of Costa Rica has to be seen to be believed.

For the best remaining expanse of original tropical rainforest in Central America you must visit Parque Nacional Corcovado, and for surfers (especially those who appreciate a left-hand break) the southern most tip of the country – Pavones – is an untouched haven like no other.

The national park around Costa Rica’s most famous maybe-it-is-maybe-it-isn’t dormant volcano, Arenal, is one of the biggest attractions in the country. With hot springs, hiking, and all kinds of jungle wildlife to observe, there is so much to be explored here.

The cloud forests around the delightful towns of Santa Elena and Monteverde are highlights, and those looking for an adrenaline rush will love the canopying on offer. For a really active holiday it is possible to hike across the country from the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic, with a bit of sea kayaking and whitewater rafting thrown in.

Costa Rica Key Facts

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  • 10.5 hrs
  • -6 hrs

Average Climate


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Nearest Airports

  • Limon Airport (LIO)
  • Buenos Aires Airport (BAI)
  • Puerto Jimenez Airport (PJM) - 69 miles
  • Palmar Sur Airport (PMZ) - 69 miles
  • Rio Frio Airport (RFR) - 69 miles
  • Juan Santamaria International Airpor Airport (SJO) - 68 miles
  • Quepos Airport (XQP) - 68 miles
  • Guapiles Airport (GPL) - 69 miles
  • Bocas Del Tor Airport (BOC) - 68 miles
  • Golfito Airport (GLF) - 69 miles
  • Changuinola Airport (CHX) - 68 miles
  • Enrique Malek Airport (DAV) - 97 miles
  • Coto 47 Airport (OTR) - 97 miles
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