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“Pura Vida” is Costa Rica’s phrase of choice and can also be used to say “hello” by the ever so ecstatic locals.  It loosely translates to “pure living’.  Knowing more about your next travel destination is what makes the experience even better.   Costa Rica is an expensive travel destination located in Central America and is home to around 5 million people.  It’s among the most tranquil tourist destinations in the world.  Travelling to Costa Rica especially during the dry season has many upsides.  Here are some of the best things to know before visiting Costa Rica.

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1.  Accommodation

living area suits at Gaia

Well known luxury hotel brands like Hilton, Hampton, Four Seasons, Secrets, Marriott, Radisson, Hyatt can also be found in Costa Rica.  These hotels and other luxurious places get booked up more than 6 months prior, especially during peak seasons: Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, and little summer in July.  If you’re planning on travelling during these times, make sure you book your luxury hotel in advance.

balcony at Arenal del Mar

2.  Fewer Mosquitoes

[Video from one of our day trips of the spider monkeys during the dry season]

For those who are vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, this is a great window period to visit Costa Rica since there are fewer mosquitoes during this time.  But just to be safe, carry bug spray with you.

3.  Weather

manuel antonio beach

[beautiful beach day in Manuel Antonio National Park]

Being a tropical country, Costa Rica it experiences hot weather all year with slight temperature differences.  It’s mainly hot near the coastal areas and cooler in the mountains.  On the Pacific coast, the dry season is from December to April, while on the Caribbean side, there isn’t a dry season.  This is the best time to travel to Costa Rica as it’s also the peak season.

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4.  Activities

bird watching-scarlet macaw

The dry season in Costa Rica is perfect for all those active and adventurous travellers.  The country is like a giant amusement park.  There’s everything for anyone.  You can indulge in activities such as; swimming, rafting, biking, bungee jumping, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, diving, ziplining, hiking, kayaking, surfing, and sky diving.  Pick whatever you enjoy and live life.

keel bill toucan costa rica

[one of the 6 species of toucans – keel bill toucan]

5.  Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen

poas volcano

[the weather is cooler up in the mountains at Poas Volcano]

Costa Rica is very close to the equator and therefore if you’re coming from Europe, the United States, or Canada, you might find the sun to be a lot stronger.  Wear your sunscreen anytime you are out to be safe.  Sunscreen is expensive to buy in Costa Rica.

6.  Renting a Car

You might consider renting a car while in Costa Rica.  For sure it is a lot more expensive, but it is always an option for many people.  It’s a great way to see the country as it gives you more freedom.

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