Costa Rica is the land of plenty. It literally translates to “big coast.” But the only person who deserves credit for its breathtaking natural wonders is Mother Nature.

This peaceful Central country boasts extensive coastlines along both the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition to world-class beaches, Costa Rica has some of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on earth. Scientists, who invented ziplines as a means of studying the many layers of the country’s cloud forests, say five percent of the world’s species are found here.

Best Time to Go

The best time to go to Costa Rica depends on what your goals are. If you’re looking for clear Caribbean waters to snorkel in, opt for a drier month like September. The central region, home to the cloud forests, are also best visited during the summer, or dry season. From November through April, roads are drivable and downpours don’t last all day. That said, you’ll want to visit during the wet season, For the best cultural events, visit during the first two weeks of January for Palmares (basically Carnival meets rodeo meets music programs) or week.

Things to Know

Costa Rica is an entry level country. English is spoken and understood in most tourist areas, Tipping isn’t greatly encouraged; however, it’s greatly appreciated. Before tipping, look to see if the establishment already included a tip or “service charge,” usually 10%, on your receipt.

became a popular nature travel destination, and its main competitive advantage is its well-established system of parks and protected areas, covering around 23.4% of the country’s land area, the largest in the world as a percentage of the country’s territory,and home to a much variety of flora and fauna, in a country that has only 0.03% of the world’s landmass, but that is estimated.The country also has plenty of beaches, both in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, within short travel distances,  that can be visited.

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