Best of Luxury Costa Rica Travel
Best Time to Visit Costa Rica
November to April is the dry season, so it is usually easier to travel around the country. The beginning of the rainy season (May to July) is also a nice time to be there. Costa Rica’s rainy season is tropical style. You don’t get the constant rain all day long. What you get is one big shower for 1 – 2 hours a day in the afternoon. So, if you don’t mind taking a nap in the afternoon and re-start your excursions after the nap, it is not bad at all to travel during this time (especially since you can often get good discount for hotels and tours during this time.) In fact, you would probably appreciate this daily shower to cool down the summer heat.
The peak season is December to January. If you plan to visit during the late December holiday season, you should definitely book at least half year ahead. Also, many resorts/hotels require a minimum of 7 nights stay during peak season.
Costa Rica Highlights
Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a republic in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east-southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army. Among Latin American countries, Costa Rica ranks 4th in terms of the 2007 Human Development Index, and 48th worldwide. Costa Rica is ranked 5th in the world in terms of the 2008 Environmental Performance Index, up from the 15th place in 2006. In 2007 the government of Costa Rica stated that they want to be the first country to become carbon neutral by 2021.
The country’s effort in environmental protection has reflected on its active promotion of sustainable tourism. Large number of its tour-operators and eco-lodges are members of Rainforest Alliance or other similar sustainable tourism organizations. The government and the tour industry understand that sustainable tourism is not “nice-to-have”, but is essential to the country’s tourism and economic devolvement.