Costa Rica climate
Costa Rica is a tropical country with little variation in temperature throughout the year. You will encounter a lot of rain if you visit between May and November, the significantly rainy season. The coastal temperatures are hotter at an average of 32 C, but sea breezes make it much more comfortable. The highland areas are cool at night and warm during the day.
Getting around Costa Rica
Sansa Regional Airline and Nature Air offer cheap flights around Costa Rica.
As the majority of Costa Ricans do not own cars, public transportation is good. The country is well connected by buses - public buses and private tourist buses. The remotest areas may be linked just once a day however.
Car rental is a great, independent, way of travelling. The biggies - Dollar, Budget, Alamo - all have offices around Costa Rica.
Costa Rica insider information
- In 2007 Costa Rica's government stated that it wishes Costa Rica to be carbon neutral by 2021 making it the perfect destination for eco-tourists.
- Tortuguero National Park is home to several types of monkey - spider, howler and white-throated Capuchin. The three-toed sloth lives there too, with 320 species of birds, and a variety of reptiles. It is most famous for the nesting of the endangered green turtle. It is the species' most important nesting site. Other turtles nest there too including the giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtle.
- The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: home to about 2,000 plant species including numerous orchids, more than 400 types of birds and over 100 species of mammals.
- Costa Rica, and parts of Panama, are home to the highly endangered Red Backed Squirrel Monkey.
- Volcano country - Mount Arenal lay dormant for many years and became active again in recent years. At Arenal National Park, about a five-hour drive from San Jose, you can view the giant. At night, dine in a restaurant at the foot of the volcano. Molten lava spills from its peak, outlining the volcano in fiery red.
- Canopy tours are a wonderful way to enjoy Costa Rica's wildlife. They also provide a decent shot of adrenaline. Adventurous types climb up ladders onto platforms tied around tree trunks, then zip along in a climbing harness, before rappelling back down to the ground.