Best Time to Visit
Modes of Transportation
Must-See Destinations in Costa Rica
We have worked with our Costa Rica travel specialists to provide you with suggestions on the best Costa Rica trip, no matter the length of your trip. Below, we have curated a list have recommendations on Costa Rica's must-visit locations some of the things you can do while there.
Arenal | Manuel Antonio | Monteverde | Tortuguero | Osa Peninsula | San Jose | Cahuita
- Zipline in Arenal through Costa Rica's fantastic rainforest
- Uncover Arenal National Park's 29,692 acres of protected rainforest along the slopes of the active volcano
- Discover the glassy water of Lake Arenal with a kayaking excursion
- Sample the delicious traditions of chocolate in Costa Rica and learn about chocolate’s historical timeline
- Taste the distinctive flavors of Costa Rican cuisine during a private cooking class and learn about regional delicacies and typical dishes
- Kayak or cruise down the canals of the mangrove forest for exceptional views of wildlife, such as iguanas, spider monkeys, and spectacled caimans
- Search for vibrant monkeys, anteaters, and ocelots when following the rainforest trails of Manuel Antonio National Park
- Delight in white sand and the relaxing ambiance of the celebrated beaches within the borders of Manuel Antonio National Park
- Bask in the bountiful birdlife of the cloud forest and search for the colorful plumage of the resplendent quetzal
- Embrace the stunning views of the cloud forest canopy when following the hanging bridges at approximately 2,400 feet above sea level
- Discover the diverse vegetation when hiking the trails around the cloud forest that are nearly 5,000 feet above sea level to experience a fairytale ambiance
Best Time to Visit
Best Time to Visit Costa Rica
The best time to visit Costa Rica is the second half of April and the second half of November. During this time of year, Costa Rica experiences its least amount of rain and small crowds across the country. These times act as transition periods between the dry and rainy season to provide visitors with green scenery and no clouds.
The dry season generally starts in mid-November and lasts until mid-April. February and March are popular months to visit Costa Rica because they fall within the borders of the dry season. September and October are also great months to visit Costa Rica because of hotel deals and the diminished crowds. These months fall in the rainy season. Most often during this time, the mornings are sunny and dry, rain falls for a couple hours in the afternoon, and then the skies are clear again. You should note that September and October are not great months for whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River or for visiting Corcovado National Park. Heavy rain makes the rapids unsafe and floods the trails of the rainforest national park.
Modes of Transportation
Modes of Transportation in Costa Rica
The best way to see Costa Rica is with a combination of flights and private drivers. Trains are not readily available for passengers outside of San Jose, and public transportation is not a reliable way to discover the countryside, especially with a limited schedule. A private car and driver gives you the freedom to travel at your pace, stop at interesting destinations, and enjoy activities in between destinations. A private driver not only knows the best routes on which to travel but will also know the smaller or hidden roads that only the locals know.
Flights do exist between small cities across Costa Rica. The flights are reliable and often offer early services, especially along popular routes, such as between Quepos and San Jose. Domestic flights use smaller planes and often have layovers in San Jose before continuing to their final destination. Flights are an easy and quick way to circumnavigate the mountains and valleys that can increase drive times across the country.
Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private airport transfers, domestic flights when available, and private ground transfers between destinations to create a stress-free and luxurious Costa Rica tour.
What to Consider When Traveling Through Costa Rica
When traveling on a Costa Rica tour, you must always consider travel logistics, accessibility, and safety. The following information covers important travel topics you should consider to ensure that you have a comfortable and stress-free trip.
Is Costa Rica Safe for Travel?
Costa Rica is incredibly safe for travelers. Costa Ricans are renowned for their friendliness and are eager to welcome visitors to their country. As when traveling to any foreign country, it is essential to consider the local culture and pay attention to your belongings when in highly populated areas like San Jose. Your overall safety is never in jeopardy. Your travel specialist only works with experienced and vetted tour companies that provide you with the best quality of service.
When traveling in Costa Rica, there are other considerations you should take to ensure your safety. For instance, when visiting the Atlantic coastline, certain beach areas are known for their crocodile population, and therefore, are not swimming destinations. If traveling during the rainy season, the rapids of particular rivers may be too dangerous to raft, especially during the months of September and October.
Which airports should I be looking at?
For most travelers, the most convenient airport is San Jose followed by Liberia. The busiest international airports in Costa Rica are:
- San Jose (SJO)
- Liberia (LIR)
- Limon (LIO)
Can Zicasso help me with flights?
Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.
Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?
You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.