Small but Great
Even though Costa Rica is just around 19,700 square miles (51,100 sq. km); it is a vast country of brilliant beaches, green mountains, coffee plantations, river valleys, biological reserves and other wilderness areas. Making it an attractive destination of almost unlimited possibilities.
Costa Rica has two international airports. Juan Santamaría Airport at Alajuela which is close to the capital city. Then, there is Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport at Liberia, Guanacaste. A place only a few miles away from spectacular beaches and amazing resorts. Travelers love this province so much that a new and larger terminal was inaugurated on February 2012.
Everyone wants to stay a little bit longer when enjoying a great destination. You won’t have any trouble with that in Costa Rica, because U.S. Citizens with a passport can enter for 90 days without a visa!
From Walking through the Treetops to Diving into the See
That’s right; thanks to the Rainmaker Aerial Walkway in Manuel Antonio you can walk 25 stories above the forest. Which is a great opportunity to admire the flora, breathtaking waterfalls, monkeys and colorful birds.
If you love taking home souvenirs, handicrafts, or see art from the locals, you should definitely visit Sarchí. A charming mountain artisan town, located less than 40 minutes from the Juan Santamaría Airport.
At both, Caribbean Sea and Pacific Cost, you’ll be able to find boat rides and diving excursions. If you are looking for surfing big waves, sport fishing, beach parties and pumping nightclubs, places like Jacó in Puntarenas are perfect for you.
Chatting with Ticos
Meanwhile in regular neighborhoods English is not commonly spoken, there are a lot of English speakers, especially in tourist areas at resorts, tour companies, wildlife refuges, restaurants and all those gorgeous locations you’d probably want to visit. Even in some areas like the Gold Coast on the northern Pacific, it’s as if English is the first language.
Currency Exchange Made Easy
Costa Rica’s currency is the colón. It has a value that fluctuates between ¢555 – ¢565 colones per 1 U.S dollar. Luckily, US dollars are dispensed from any ATM (cajero automático) across the country and are widely accepted, especially at resorts and restaurants. For smaller services (including local meals or public transportation), you should be prepared to pay with colones. But don’t worry, you can exchange enough money (or traveler checks) into colones at the airport or any local bank or use credit cards.
Photography courtesy of Navith Bravo