More than 2.6 million people visit Costa Rica each year. This tourist-friendly country offers awesome amenities for adults of all ages, even if you’re traveling on a budget. Whether you’re planning to meet up with loved ones during the holiday season or just need a relaxing getaway with your partner, here are 7 reasons why you should head to Costa Rica this winter.
If you find yourself changing the radio station when singers croon about the joys of fluffy snowflakes or steaming mugs of hot cocoa, you’ll love Costa Rica. The average temperature falls between 70 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, making Costa Rica a welcome escape from colder parts of the world. The country has a heavier rainfall from May to November than it does during other months, so visiting during the winter lets you skip most of the storms.
Wiggle your toes in the soft white sand at Playa Conchal or Playa Grande beach, or explore the black sand at Playa Hermosa or Puerto Viejo. Many tourists are amazed by the rich black sand that covers beaches near volcanic structures. Just remember that black sand gets hot quickly, so you should pack a pair of water shoes or flip flops for your trip.
Sprawl down on a towel and soak up the sun, or take advantage beach-friendly activities. Depending on which beach you visit, you’ll have the option to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing (or all 3!) in the sparkling turquoise water. The warm water of Puerto Viejo is excellent for snorkelers and scuba divers. Surfers rave about Playa Pavones, a beach where you can ride some of the longest waves in the world.
Bring your camera – or at least your smartphone – when you visit scenic Costa Rica. If you rent a car, you can view the sights during a coast-to-coast drive in just 3 hours. Plane rides across the country take approximately 45 minutes, so you can quickly and easily access different destinations without bogging down your itinerary.
You’ve already learned about some of the beaches in Costa Rica, but you can also find volcanoes, rainforests, and waterfalls in this tropical country. Explore the landscape with a horseback ride or hike around the area, or jump in an ATV with your significant other and cruise the area. You can even soar across the country during a ziplining tour or bike around the beaches. With so many options available, it’s hard to miss the stunning sights of Costa Rica during your trip.
Avian watchers from around the world flock to Costa Rica for a glimpse at the country’s feathered creatures. In fact, approximately 30% of tourists list bird watching as one of their reasons for visiting this Central American country.
Costa Rica has numerous species of exotic birds, including vibrantly colored quetzals and syrup-slurping hummingbirds. There are 51 different types of hummingbirds, which is why the country is often referred to as the world’s hummingbird capital.
In addition to birds, Costa Rica has a large number of sea turtles, lizards, crocodiles, butterflies, whales, and dolphins. You can watch for wildlife on your own or sign up for a guided tour, such as a whale watch or dolphin-viewing boat ride.
After you pay for lodging and air fare, you’ll find that there are tons of free things to do in Costa Rica. It’s generally free to visit beaches and national parks, which means you can swim, collect seashells, explore waterfalls and volcano ranges, or watch birds for no charge. For a small fee, you can enjoy guided tours, white water rafting with a rented raft, ziplining, or scuba diving.
If you’re hungry and don’t want to pay full price for restaurant meals, look for an all-inclusive vacation plan that includes food and beverages. Some vacation deals, such as the Adult Luxury Papagayo trip offered by BookVIP, even cover the cost of alcoholic drinks.
Some tourists also receive cosmetic treatments at reduced costs while they’re visiting. You can get your nails done, request a massage, or relax during a therapeutic spa visit in Costa Rica.
Popular dishes in Costa Rica rely on fresh, flavorful ingredients. You’ll find fragrant herbs and spices and colorful produce on many of the restaurant menus, as well as beans and rice, eggs, and Mexican-style dishes.If you’re craving something fried, ask for chifrijo, a savory combination of fried pork and beans.
Travelers rave about the belly dancers at Lubnan, where you can score delicious Mediterranean dishes. Other highly rated Costa Rican restaurants include La Terrasse French Cuisine, Cafe Rico, and Alice Ice Cream Bar. If you’re vegan, check out Stashus con Fusion, a restaurant known for its vegetarian dishes.
Looking for a luxurious place to rest your head after a busy day of trekking through Costa Rica? How does an oceanfront resort with 24-hour room service sound? What about a 5-star beach resort surrounded by palm trees? Perhaps you’d like to fuel up on breakfast in bed with your sweetheart before you listen to the harmonic melodies of chirping birds or hit the beach for some sunbathing? These are just a handful of the high-end options available for vacationers who visit Costa Rica, and surprisingly, they’re all affordable.