Costa Rica is located within about a five-hour flight from most places in the US, and is a popular destination spot for those looking for sand, surf, and natural surroundings. This nation in Central America hosts more than 800 miles of coastline, including vast areas of reserves and endangered rainforest. Ticos, the local inhabitants, eagerly share their homeland with visitors and enjoy illustrating the ecologically rich region of hot springs and lush, green valleys.
The weather here can vary greatly depending on the part of the country you’re visiting. Costa Rica’s climate is a tropical one, with wet and dry seasons on the country’s Pacific side, and rare showers any time of year on the side facing the Caribbean. The Caribbean side is spectacular during October, but the Central Valley and the Pacific side experience their dreariest weather during this month. From December through April the sunshine is much more reliable, but you’ll find higher prices and much larger crowds as well.
When it comes time for mealtime, you’ll not be disappointed. Younger chefs and craft breweries have transformed San José into a culinary boomtown. In addition, Liberia opened the International Airport in 2012, leading to many luxury expansions that have extended beyond the already booming beach subdivisions.
Getting around the city can be a bit of a challenge if you’re opting for the bus system; however, once you’ve boarded, you’ll find it to be quite simple. In fact, it is perhaps the most economical means of traveling, as tickets are just a dollar for within the city limits, and a mere $10 for trips across Costa Rica. If you’re budget allows, you can also take short flights with Sansa or Nature Air that start around $60.
While it is not as inexpensive as it once was, Costa Rica can still be enjoyed by those on a budget. Hotels charge a 13% stay tax, and restaurants charge a 10% service fee. Tipping is not normally necessary when dining; however, if you take a taxi anywhere or hire a tour guide, it is customary to offer a small tip for their time. With proper planning, your Costa Rican excursion will be very memorable.
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