|Currencies||Costa Rican colón (₡), United States Dollar ($)|
|Exchange Rate||US$1 = ₡538.2|
|Time||Central Standard Time (UTC-06:00)|
|Must-Try||Gallo Pinto, Casado, Ceviche, Olla de Carne, Sopa Negra|
|December to April||High Season - Dry Season|
|May to November||Low Season - Rainy Season|
Rincon de la Vieja National Park is known for its scenic beauty and diverse ecosystems. It offers hiking trails, hot springs, and stunning waterfalls. For thrill seekers, the adventure day pass by Hacienda Guachipelin is highly recommended - their river tubing, zipline and hot springs are all among the best on Costa Rica.
Nestled in the rainforest, these are probably the prettiest waterfalls in Costa Rica. It features two stunning waterfalls and offers activities like swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.
Corcovado National Park is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. It is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including jaguars, tapirs, and macaws. If you have less budget or time, Manuel Antonio National Park is a great alternative to see wildlife, although much more touristy.
A great alternative to more crowded Monteverde, Los Quetzales National Park is a mountainous region known for its cloud forests and stunning landscapes. It is home to the rare resplendent quetzal bird and offers hiking opportunities for nature enthusiasts.
Orosi Valley is a picturesque region with lush green landscapes. It is famous for its coffee plantations, hot springs, and historic churches.
Tortuguero National Park is a remote and unique destination known for its turtle nesting sites, but even out of turtle season the cute Caribbean village Tortuguero is a must-visit. It is a haven for nature lovers, offering opportunities for wildlife spotting and boat tours.
Less crowded than nearby Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Manzanillo is a small fishing village located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. It boasts beautiful beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and a laid-back atmosphere. It is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying the local Caribbean culture.
Costa Rica is home to more than 5% of the world's biodiversity.