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Costa Rica can be translated into English as “Rich Coast” from Spanish, and for good reason. This country is found in Central America; bordered by Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north. This country is also known as the most environmentally conscious in the region; a quality clearly reflected in its natural parks and its diverse species of wildlife.
The primary airport serving international passengers is Juan Santamaria International Airport. It is only 20 miles from the centre of San Jose (the capital) and as of 2015, this hub served just above 5.3 million travellers. A handful of major airlines which operate to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport include:
It is important to note that British Airways is currently the only carrier which serves Costa Rica (from London-Gatwick).
Costa Rica is unique in the fact that it straddles both the Atlantic and Position oceans. So, you have a choice of either coastline during your stay. Some of the best and most memorable locations (according to past travellers) include Jaco, Tamarindo, Samara, Nosara, Montezuma and Cahuita. Additionally, Manuel Antonion National Park is also home to more protected areas as well as a secluded rainforest. You will require a guide to visit this location.
Other natural parks such as Santa Rosa National Park and Carara National Park also also well known throughout the international community. This arises from the fact that the flora and fauna found within are unique, protected and very diverse. In fact, it is estimated that more than 25 per cent of the current land mass of the entire country is protected in this way by law. Monkeys, big cats, bats, lizards, and massive turtles can all be observed. Bear in mind that these locations are protected by law and you will require permission, a guide or both to enter.
There are naturally some other sights and experiences which should always be added to your itinerary. Urban locations such as the National Theatre of Costa Rica, the National Museum of Costa Rica and the Basilica of Our Lady of Angels are all wonderful examples of the local architecture; some older than 200 years. The “Old Town” of San Jose is another spot not to be missed. There are many open-air markets as well as festivals. Be sure to check online to see which festivals are occurring when you arrive, for these vary substantially.
It is best to make reservations here during the “dry season” the middle portion of December and through until April. The summers here can be quite stifling in terms of humidity and heavy rains are very common. There also tends to be fewer tourists during this “down time” when compared to the summer.