10 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

A small country with a world of opportunities to offer! Costa Rica has everything you’re looking for, whether you’re planning a fun-filled adventure or a time of complete relaxation in a unique setting. Keep reading to find out what makes Costa Rica the ideal destination for your next getaway.

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Direct flights to Costa Rica (SJO) are available from major cities:

  • USA: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington D.C.
  • CANADA: Montreal, Toronto
  • EUROPE: Frankfurt, Madrid | NEW! Direct flight from London Gatwick.
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Averaging 24 degrees Celsius (75F) annually, this is the perfect year-round escape. Our dry season begins in December and ends in May.

During the rainy season (aka “green season”) afternoon rainfalls are common and our forests become lush and green, perfect for hiking, exploring waterfalls or challenging yourself on a white water rafting tour.

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Costa Rica is home to over 500,000 species, representing 5% of the world’s biodiversity in its small surface of 52km2 (20mi2).

In addition to appreciating exotic wildlife, visitors can experience microclimates and multiple ecosystems from coasts and mangroves to cloud forests and volcanoes. You can start your day watching the sunrise on the Caribbean coast, eat lunch on the outskirts of an active volcano and catch the sunset on the Pacific coast.

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The exuberance and beauty of Costa Rica’s natural landscape is the perfect scenario for an adrenaline-filled trip. Enjoy zip-lining tours, aerial trams, paragliding, parasailing, white water rafting, kayaking or the simple pleasure of an invigorating hike through a rainforest. Take a catamaran to a secluded island with white sand-beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for scuba diving or snorkeling.

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If you’re seeking a tranquil destination to reenergize, reconnect with that special someone or clear your mind, Costa Rica offers inspiring and peaceful landscapes for all nature lovers. Spend your day listening to the soothing sound of the waves on a lovely beach, enjoy a spa treatment with hot volcanic stones overlooking a waterfall or take in the view of a volcano while you bathe in hot springs.

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Costa Rican cuisine offers a wide range of options including seafood and premium meats, plus delicious tropical fruits and vegetables. Try a sea bass ceviche if you’re near the coast or a typical Gallo Pinto served for breakfast in every restaurant. Worldwide influences have enriched Costa Rica’s culinary options and you can easily find fantastic international dining featuring Argentine, Peruvian, Japanese, Italian and many other specialties.

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Costa Rican coffee beans are among the best in the world and coffee is engraved in Costa Rica’s culture, as a fundamental element of most meal times and social gatherings. Visitors can enjoy coffee tours and learn about the product’s history and how it impacted the country’s economy, participate in tastings and purchase coffee-based products as souvenirs.

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Costa Rica is a world-renowned symbol of natural conservation and clean energy. More than 25% of the country’s territory is protected under multiple categories of preservation like biological reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, welcoming tourists from all around the globe. Costa Rica’s goal is to become carbon neutral by the year 2021 and in 2015 the country achieved 99% renewable energy generation.

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Costa Rica’s culture is a colorful mix of influences with strong Spanish legacies and heavy Afro-Caribbean elements present on the easternmost province of Limon. These influences have shaped and can be appreciated in Costa Rica’s music, art and literature. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the country’s history and cultural evolution during a visit to one of the many museums or the National Theatre in downtown San Jose.

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Pura vida translates as “pure life” and it is Costa Rica’s most authentic phrase. Costa Ricans or “Ticos” use it to describe any person or situation in a positive way, saying a quick “hello” and wishing others well. Commonly ranked among the happiest countries in the world, Costa Rica welcomes visitors with the warm hospitality and genuine care to help tourists enjoy a safe and unforgettable trip.

A hotel for each travel style

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City HotelSan Jose

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose

  • 5 miles from SJO Airport
  • 15 minutes from downtown San Jose
  • Best location for city, coffee and volcano tours
  • 2-story Colonial-style building surrounded by gardens
  • Close to shopping, dining and entertainment
  • Sustainable and pet-friendly
  • On-site casino, fitness center and spa

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Beach ResortPuntarenas

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific

  • Unlimited all-inclusive plan
  • Beachfront pool complex
  • Non-motorized water sports and entertainment program
  • Exclusive clubs for kids and teens
  • Full-service Heliconia Spa
  • 50 minutes from SJO Airport
  • Strategic location to visit top Costa Rica attractions

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