The green season: one of the numerous aliases for Costa Ricaâ€™s wetter months of May through November. Itâ€™s also known as the low tourism period, the rainy season and â€śinvierno,â€ť which translates as winter.Â While they all mean the same thing â€“ smaller tourist crowds, discounted rates on Costa Rica vacation rentals and hotels, and regular bouts of afternoon showers â€“ we prefer the term green season as it most aptly conveys the spectacular lushness that prevails. Even the dry grasslands of Guanacaste, the countryâ€™s most arid province, bursts with emerald greenery and Technicolor shades during this time of year. Here are five good reasons why you should leave your weather worries behind and experience the beauty of the green season. (more…)
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Are you in the midst of planning your Costa Rica vacation and need some quick answers to commonly asked questions? From entry requirements to local driving conditions and drinking water, hereâ€™s what you need to know before packing your bags.
Q.Â What are the entry requirements?
For citizens of the United States, Canada, and most EU countries, Costa Rica immigration requires a valid passport and proof of onward travel for entry. Most tourists are granted a 90-day stay upon arrival. If you are flying in on a one-way ticket, airline officials will ask for onward travel documentation, in the form of a bus or airline ticket. (more…)
The cuisine in Costa Rica offers a kaleidoscope of tastes, flavors and textures â€“ from the national dish of â€śgallo pinto,â€ť to its succulent array of tropical fruits. Translated as â€śspotted rooster,â€ť gallo pinto is a savory combination of rice, red or black beans, diced cilantro and hefty splash of Lizano sauce (similar to Worcestershire). Itâ€™s healthy, vegetarian-friendly, and youâ€™ll find this staple in every restaurant and soda across the nation. If youâ€™re searching for authentic â€“ and inexpensive â€“ food on your next Costa Rica vacation, pay a visit to any one of these family-owned cafes known as sodas for some delicious, home-cooked fare. Youâ€™ll find sodas in towns both large and small, so whether youâ€™re staying in popular beach towns like Manuel Antonio and Tamarindo, or off the tourist trail, be sure to try some of these tasty cheap eats.
Casado: a lunchtime specialty
For a satisfying, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal, opt for a casado â€“ which also means â€śmarriedâ€ť in Spanish. One of the countryâ€™s most popular lunches, a casado will set you back between $4 and $6 and offers generous servings of rice, beans, cabbage salad, picadillo (minced potato or squash with herbs, spices, and sometimes chopped beef) and your choice of meat – chicken, pork, fish, or beef. Every soda has their own variation of the casado, which may also include tortillas, plantains or mashed potatoes. Be sure to try several to see which you like best! (more…)
Searching for the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure on your next vacation, but want to avoid the tourist crowds? Look no further than Playa Dominical, a peaceful beach town prized by surfers and sun-lovers alike. A quick 30-minute jaunt south of Manuel Antonio, this burgeoning beach vacation destination offers miles of sandy shores, incredible wildlife watching opportunities, and a robust selection of vacation rental properties to choose from. And unlike some of its more developed neighbors, Dominical has retained its traditional, small-town feel, and is a fabulous spot for a family vacation or romantic getaway.
Surf, Sun and Adventure
Flanked by towering mountains covered in primary rainforest, Dominical is a place of stunning beauty. The surf is steady throughout the year, but really picks up from May-October when large swells bring epic waves. Take a dolphin and whale watching excursion to nearby Ballena Marine Park, located in Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) – recently named one of the â€śhottest vacation destinationsâ€ť by Travel and Leisure magazine. For those who want a little adventure, thereâ€™s no shortage of tours â€“ including scuba diving, canopy zip-lines, horseback excursions and world-class sport fishing. Secluded beaches are the star of the show in this region, with several lovely stretches of pristine shoreline (Playa Uvita and Ojochal are favorites) framed by swaying palms. (more…)
One of the sun-kissed beaches along Guanacasteâ€™s famed Gold Coast, Tamarindo is an eclectic mix of outdoor pursuits, vibrant nightlife and creature comforts. The surf Mecca attracts thousands of tourists each year with its epic waves, laid-back ambiance and wide swathes of golden sands. Less than an hourâ€™s drive from the Liberia international airport, this beach vacation destination offers the best of both worlds: contemporary amenities along with a healthy dose of authentic pura vida charm.
- A Great Place for Family Vacations: While the nightlife is downright sizzling with discos, live jams, and pulsating salsa marathons, Tamarindo at its core is a family-friendly destination. Â There are several tours in Tamarindo to choose from including canopy zip-lines to ATV excursions, this beach town offers a slew of adrenaline-pumping adventures that cater to kids of all ages. Kayak tours explore the lush estuaries of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge, and park rangers escort guests along the shores of nearby Playa Grande, where enormous leatherback sea turtles can be seen nesting from October through March. (more…)
Youâ€™ve been planning the ultimate Costa Rica vacation for months, and now the time is finally here! Whether your itinerary includes the more popular beach destinations such as Flamingo, Tamarindo or Jaco â€“ or places off-the-beaten-path â€“ your trip will surely be unforgettable. And if youâ€™re renting a car, thatâ€™s all the better: driving in Costa Rica is one of the best ways to explore the countryâ€™s varied terrain. And with no bus timetables to worry about, you can move at your own pace.
Caldera Highway features easy access to Pacific coast
The sublime Central Pacific beaches are the first pit-stop for thousands of visitors, and the Caldera Highway offers quick access from the San Jose airport to the white-sand shores of Manuel Antonio â€“ in just over a couple of hours. If youâ€™re heading further south to Dominical, the once gravel road is now free of potholes, meaning a smooth and easy drive to your resort or beach vacation rental. (more…)
More than 250,000 tourists visit Manuel Antonio National Park every year, and considering its powdery white-sand beaches and incredible biodiversity, itâ€™s not hard to understand why. This popular attraction is just one of several in the stunning surfside town of Manuel Antonio. With so many glorious Costa Rica beaches to choose from, why do so many travelers flock here? In short, Manuel Antonio offers something for everyone â€“ fantastic adventures, pulsating nightlife, amazing wildlife and a wonderful selection of ocean view vacation rentals and luxury villas that cater to the whole family.
Quick access from San Jose
Thanks to the recently constructed Caldera highway, travelers can access Manuel Antonio in less than three hours by car.Â Not fast enough for you? Hop on a regional flight from San Jose – choose between carriers Nature Air or SANSA – and youâ€™ll be in neighboring Quepos in less than 30 minutes. (more…)
Dozens of free-flowing rivers carve a path through Costa Ricaâ€™s terrain culminating in breathtaking waterfalls that invite travelers for a day of swimming, nature watching and relaxation. When planning your next vacation, consider a tour to one of these majestic cascades for a day of family fun. Quad tours, rainforest treks and horseback rides are all exciting ways to access these national treasures.
La Fortuna Waterfall Eco Tour
Situated in the shadow of Arenal Volcano â€“ one of the planetâ€™s ten most active volcanoes â€“ the bustling town of La Fortuna attracts thousands of visitors every year with its adrenaline-pumping tours and magnificent cascade that tumbles some 200 feet into an aquamarine pool. When taking a tour to the La Fortuna Waterfall, be sure to wear your swimsuit as the cool waters will beckon you for a refreshing swim. Most travelers arrive on a guided trip, either on horseback or an ATV excursion. From the entrance, a steep but well-marked path leads down to the falls. The 15-minute trek is worth the effort, as travelers are rewarded with stunning views and surrounding countryside. (more…)
Costa Rica, well known for its rainforest ecosystem as well as its diverse array of beaches, is now being recognized for its world class adventure environment. The 2013 Adventure Racing World Series, a premier event for extreme adventure sports including rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, trekking, inner tubing, coasteering and canyoning will be held in Costa Rica in November 2013. The Adventure Racing World Series will include approximately 90 teams from more than 10 different countries competing non-stop for eight days across a 700 km course. (more…)
This amazing villa has breathtaking ocean views with beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. The private pool is 20×40 ft and is also located right on the shores of Potrero Bay. One can take a dip in the pool, take a walk down the beach, or just sit back relax and enjoy the wonderful tropical surroundings. It is also an easy walk to restaurants, local grocery stores, and shops.
There are 2 private balconies in the upstairs bedrooms area that is great for relaxing and reading a book. The Home Theater Room has a 63â€ť HDTV wide screen with surround sound, stocked movies for every age group, or for watching TV. The kitchen is fully equipped with a large eat-in island, gas range stove top with oven, and dishwasher. A formal dining room allows for holiday dinners. The wood paneled library comes stocked with books and there is broadband internet conection. A roof top â€śWidows Walkâ€ť provides amazing views of your surroundings and star gazing at night.
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Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, one of the countryâ€™s best kept secrets.Â This is top surfing destination that is far removed from the hustle and bustle of the more populated beaches to the north of Guanacaste. The Santa Teresa community is welcoming and the area has become well known for being home to a strong group of talented musicians.Â This top beach and sun vacation destination is much more than a surferâ€™s paradise.
A blend of cultures has permitted the diffusion of wide range of musical talents, with different backgrounds, styles and ages. If you are looking for some evening entertainment after the sun sets there are several inviting venues in Santa Teresa.
Look out for up and coming bands including Kika Band, The Common People and Gypsy Crew. From 80â€™d to 90â€™s covers, rock, Latin and Jazz thereâ€™s something for everyone in Santa Teresa.
The most highly recommended bars include Iguana Bar, Bar Las Olas, Kik, Artemis, CafĂ© Liberal, Carpe Diem and Pasta Basta.
The Costa Rica surf bus is a great way to visit the best surfing hotspots and make some likeminded buddies along the way. If youâ€™re looking for an action packed Costa Rica adventure, jump aboard the countryâ€™s very first surf bus.
Costa Rica surf bus visits the best surfing hotspots
The world-class Costa Rica surf conditions attract avid wave riders from all over the globe and if you want to focus on tackling the waves rather than the roads the Surf Bus is the perfect mode of transportation.
If you are planning a Costa Rica surf vacation, find out more about how the surf bus can get you to the best hotspots in the country.
â€˘Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Costa Rica surf bus offers transportation for surfers and tourists to all the main beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean Coast, with plenty of space for your trusted surfboard, free of charge!
Costa Rica wildlife is known for being some of the most fascinating in the world.Â The latest discovery of a land-based crab on Coco Island, located on the extreme southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, is further proof of the countryâ€™s incredible variety of flora and fauna. Home to 5% of the worldâ€™s biodiversity, itâ€™s clear that there are still many hidden wonders to be discovered in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Wildlife: New Species Discovery
The new species of Johngarthia cocoensis land crab is only found on the Isla de Coco, a protected island located 330 miles South West of Cabo Blanco National Park, Guanacaste. Along with the Allacanthos yawi crab, there are now two land crabs that are unique to Costa Rica. (more…)
Air Berlin has begun offering flights to Costa Rica. Â In light of the countryâ€™s growing popularity as a tropical vacation destination, the German airline announced that it will include Costa Rica in its flight itinerary for 2011-2012.
Fly from Dusseldorf to Liberia Airport in Guanacaste.
The first flight is scheduled for departure on the 12th of November 2011, leaving from Dusseldorf, Germany and arriving at Liberia International Airport in the province of Guanacaste. The Air Berlin flight will include a layover in Cancun, Mexico. An airbus 330-200 with a total capacity of 255 passengers will be used for this transatlantic flight to Costa Rica, which is programmed to fly every consecutive Saturday. This is the first time that Air Berlin has offered this flight to Liberia Costa Rica. Connecting flights are also available from the German cities of Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. (more…)