Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is THE natural destination. If the country has a culture and some interesting sites, it will delight adventurers looking for landscapes, nature and wild animals.

This small Central American country has become in a few years the world champion of sustainable happiness. It is expressed in all its forms, starting with its “almost official” motto ¡ PURA VIDA ! costaricans constantly use to accentuate an omnipresent happiness.

Aware of its extraordinary natural resources with its 33 national parks and 116 volcanoes, Costa Rica seeks to protect them. The notion of sustainable tourism takes on its full meaning here with many parks limited in terms of public, sanctuaries designed to protect animals, 1/4 of the country is a protected territory…etc

Costa Rica’s biodiversity is the richest in the world with 5% of the world’s species listed there!

Thanks to this idyllic living environment, Costa Rica has succeeded in establishing itself as the most egalitarian and democratic country in Latin America. A situation that undoubtedly contributes to the benevolence of its population.

San José and the Central Valley to immerse yourself in the heart of the country

San José does not have a major cultural interest, although there are several museums. It is above all the most populated and lively city, especially its main street. It is a must to visit the rest of the country because it allows access to the whole Central Valley and other regions.

Tourists generally only make a quick trip to the Central Valley, preferring coastal areas. However, the Central Valley has an exceptional natural heritage with its many volcanoes, dense forests and fauna unique in the world. The inhabitants are also very warm and proud to live in this country which protects nature so well. They will be happy to show you their daily life and will surely invite you to one of the many ancestral festivals.

It is possible to make many excursions in this region, in particular, to reach the top of the volcanoes or to discover the magnificent animals that inhabit the Central Valley. You may find the famous sloths or the red-eyed treefrog, a national symbol. It is also in this part of the country that coffee and cocoa plantations are located. Many of them will open their doors to you for a visit and a small tasting. Finally, the surrounding natural resources have encouraged the practice of many sports: canyoning, via ferrata, climbing trails, canoeing, mountain biking… No doubt that lovers of sports in nature will find an ideal playground there.

The Pacific coast of Costa Rica for its beaches and national parks

Paradisiacal !

The country’s Pacific coast is a true postcard landscape with pristine white sandy beaches that invite you to swim. Bordered on one side by the turquoise waters of the ocean and on the other side by the dense and humid forests where you can observe some mythical animals: toucans, jaguars, pumas, sloths… etc.

The north of the coast is particularly favourable for surfing, with some well-known spots such as Puerto Viejo. This region of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula owned small villages where local fishermen and surfers meet in a holiday atmosphere.

The centre of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is a good compromise between idleness and the observation of the local fauna and flora. There are some national parks, several diving spots and beautiful beaches such as Manuel Antonio beach. However, it is also the most touristy part of the country, and some travellers regret the denaturalization of this region with some animals accustomed to humans.

This is why many travellers prefer the southern part of the coast. Here, nature is particularly well preserved thanks to the immense Corcovado National Park. It has the highest density of plant and animal species in the country. It is even possible to sleep in the park for a night excursion. However, to preserve this exceptional place, the number of visitors is limited and you may have to book several weeks in advance. Finally, the southern Pacific coast has the most mythical diving spots where it is possible to observe a very large quantity of exotic fish, marine turtles, rays, dolphins and some species of sharks or whales. It is a must for all nature lovers.

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica for its reggae atmosphere

There is little doubt when you arrive in this region of Costa Rica, you quickly understand that Jamaica and the Caribbean are only a few kilometres away by boat. The atmosphere is totally different from the rest of the country. Indeed, due to difficult access, this area has long remained isolated from the development that occured in the country. There is therefore a mixture of Costa Rican culture but also Caribbean influences.

We come here mainly to discover the Tortuguero National Park, and its exceptional fauna. Crocodiles, sloths, frogs and monkeys populate this park and its unique mangroves. It is also the ideal place to observe turtle egg laying and egg hatch from March to October. Every year, thousands of turtles come to lay their eggs in the sand of the park’s beaches. At hatching, all baby turtles try to reach the ocean. It is also possible to volunteer in one of the many turtle protection organizations.

But the Caribbean coast also offers snorkeling with exceptional water quality and particularly spectacular fishes.

Costa Rica is a bit of an exception in Central America, as it is far from being a cheap country. The local standard of living is very good and therefore the cost of a trip there is rather high. Especially since there are many activities to do and the bill can quickly go up.

It will be necessary to plan on average about 155€ per day to discover the country. The most economical will spend less than 45€ per day while the most expensive will spend more than 300€.

There are a lot of activities to do in Costa Rica to discover the local fauna and flora (snorkeling, zip line over the canopy, hiking in the parks…) but these activities are often very expensive. They often require equipment and/or accompaniment. If it is a pity to miss them, they can quickly increase your budget.

Flights from France pass through Paris and cost on average between 700 and 800€.

Low budget

Backpack

Daily expenses for meals with a small budget15€
Daily expenses for accommodation with a small budget15€
Daily expenses for transportation with a small budget5€
Daily expenses for activities with a small budget10€
Average budget

Average

Daily expenses for meals with an average budget25€
Daily expenses for accommodation with an average budget80€
Daily expenses for transportation with an average budget10€
Daily expenses for activities with an average budget20€
High budget

Luxurious

Daily expenses for meals with a big budget45€
Daily expenses for accommodation with a big budget150€
Daily expenses for transportation with a big budget20€
Daily expenses for activities with a big budget85€
Average cost of flights Paris-San Jose  Paris – San Jose710€

Center of Costa-Rica

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In the centre of the country, in the region of San José and the Central Valley, temperatures are pleasant all year round with an average of 20°C.

Although there is a rainy season from May to October, it is still pleasant to go there during this season because the rains come at the end of the day. Above all, tourist numbers are lower and therefore prices are lower.

Costa Ricans are used to saying that there is an eternal spring in this region.

Pacific and caribbean coasts

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On the coasts, the rainy season is also marked from May to October, especially in the southern part of Costa Rica.

Temperatures are also higher on the coasts, generally 30°.

The rainy season is also less favourable to animal observation (except for turtles), so it is best to avoid the months of July to October. Similarly, some sporting activities may not be possible during this period.

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