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Costa Rica


Description

If you love nature and adventure, Costa Rica is the ultimate sun destination for you! Its diverse fauna and lush flora make it an enchanting place that attracts several tourists every year. Volcanoes, gigantic waves of the Pacific Ocean, jungle, waterfalls… Costa Rica has so much to offer! Whether your trip is all-inclusive or backpack type, this Central American country will fulfill your wildest dreams. Pura vida!


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What to do in Costa Rica


Manuel Antonio National Park

This 16 km2 park contains one of the most impressive biodiversity; it is considered a true Costa Rican natural gem. In the trees, you may see howler monkeys and sloths, on the ground, colorful reptiles, and on the sea side, bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales. You should allow at least two hours to visit the park and a little more if you want to enjoy the beaches.


Arenal volcano

Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano and is located in the north part of the country. It can easily be seen from a large portion of the central valley region as it measures 1,720 meters high. Access to the summit is forbidden due to its activity, but you can walk along the trails at the foot of the volcano without danger and make time to slip into soothing waters when visiting the hot springs.


Monteverde

The most impressive zip lines in the country can be found in Monteverde. One of them is even more than a kilometre long. The less adventurous will also be able to walk along the trails of the rainforests and cross the many suspension bridges. Go in search of the legendary blue butterfly, a rare species that lives in the sanctuary at the top of the mountain.


San José

San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Many travelers enter the country from San José as one of the country's four international airports is located there. San José is a vibrant and pleasant city to visit with many shops, restaurants, museums and monuments.


Beaches

Costa Rica’s beaches are exceptionally beautiful. To the west, the Pacific Ocean offers dark sandy beaches with huge waves that surfers love; Tamarindo is one of the most popular beaches for riders. Playa Manuel Antonio, Playa Samara and Playa Avellana are excellent beaches if you prefer to swim. Keep also in mind Playa Conchal, a beach entirely made up of small sea shells, which is really worth the detour.


Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

30

20

45

Feb.

30

20

69

Mar.

29

21

78

Apr.

30

22

189

May

30

22

475

Jun.

30

21

600

Jul.

30

21

600

Aug.

30

21

562

Sep.

30

21

560

Oct.

30

21

600

Nov.

29

20

305

Dec.

28

19

129


Currency

The country's official currency is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC). You will be able to exchange currency at local banks. U.S. dollars and most credit cards are also accepted in shops and hotels. Remember to inform your bank with the dates of your stay in Costa Rica if you plan to use your cards during your vacation.

Convertor

CAD
to
CRC

Official language

Costa Rica's official language is Spanish. Before you go, download a translation app and enjoy it on your phone or bring a small Spanish-English dictionary if you are not comfortable with this language,

Voltage

Electrical outlets used in Costa Rica are the same as in Canada. The same goes for voltage and frequency (120V and 60Hz).

Electrical outlet
Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.