Costa Rica

A tour of Costa Rica is the best way to discover this land of a thousand riches. A place of many encounters and a rich history, its myriad attractions – concentrated into a small country – are sure to please everybody. The best way to discover the beauty of this quintessential Mayan country is to opt for an all-inclusive Costa Rica package!

From the coast of the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the Caribbean Sea, a trip to Costa Rica offers a treasure trove of riches for tourists. Geographically, the country has very diverse landscapes and climates. The chains of volcanoes that cross the country are known as the Talamanca Range, the Central Range, and the Guanacaste Range. Their peaks contribute to a number of microclimates, including a tropical humid zone near the Caribbean, a more temperate region in the central valley, and a tropical area along the Pacific coast. Note that the majority of the population resides in the Central Valley where are located the capital San Jose, as well as the major cities of Cartago, Alajuela, and Puntaneras.

An economical trip to Costa Rica means visiting these great cities with their abundant accommodations, from house rental to hotels. In Puerto Limon, the Caribbean resort, you will discover beautiful beaches like Cahuita, Cocles, Gandoca, Manzanillo, and Puerto Viejo. To the north lies the Tortuguero National Park, in an exceptional humid zone. This protected area contains an amazing ecological diversity, where dolphins swim in lagoons that are also home to manatees and crocodiles, not to mention an impressive number of trees and birds. Tortuguero is the spawning ground for many turtle species, such as the giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead. This amazing site will impress both children and adults!

On the other side of the Central Valley, on the Pacific coast, is the city of Puntaneras. It is a unique place, characterized by a long, narrow peninsula. This is the main commercial port of Costa Rica, where cruise ships, fishing boats, and ferries dock. The city opens onto the Gulf of Nicoya, a breathtaking sight.

An inexpensive trip begins in the capital, San Jose, where your flight to Costa Rica lands. The first settlement on the site of the capital dates back to the 18th century. You may want to visit its many museums, such as the Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold, the Jade Museum, and the National Museum. Learn the tormented history of this country that goes back to the pre-Columbian era, through the Spanish conquistadors, and the struggles for independence. This trip to the capital of Costa Rica offers the opportunity to admire the churches, such as Iglesia La Merced, Iglesia La Soledad, Catedral Metropolitana, as well as La Esmeralda and the National Theatre. Nearby you will find the Simon Bolivar Zoo.

The humid forest area is everywhere, which has prompted the state to create nineteen national parks and eight biological reserves. With 13,000 plant species, including a thousand varieties of orchids, Costa Rica has a remarkable flora and fauna. You won't be able to resist hiking and exploring. Whether on foot, on horseback, or by bike, in the jungle or on the slopes of volcanoes, you will create your own memories through wonderful treks.

For those who love swimming, the beaches still have their natural appearance, making them both charming and surprising. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the lagoons and coastlines. Other sea activities: fishing, scuba diving, boating, etc. Thanks to a favourable climate and pleasant temperatures, Costa Rica is ideal for surfing. The most experienced surfers appreciate the wave heights on the northern Pacific coastline, such as Naranjo, Langosta, Negra, Potrero, Avellanas, and Grande. Other beaches in the central and south Pacific areas are also famous for surfing, not to mention the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

The  all-inclusive Costa Rica travel package also takes you to the Turrialba region where you can visit the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Guayabo, the Turrialba Volcano, and the Pacuare and Reventazon rivers, perfect for river rafting. Discover also the hot springs of the Arenal Volcano, the Rio Claro Reserve, etc.

Book your flight to Costa Rica now and discover inexpensive travel opportunities by opting for an apartment or house to rent. Draw up your own itinerary with the help of consultants able to direct you and guide you in your choices.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate and several microclimates depending on the region: the dry season (between December and April), and the rainy season from May to November.
    Costa Rica stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea; several different regions can be visited according to your interests: on the Pacific Ocean side, the regions of Guanacaste (Papagayo and Tamarindo) and Puntarenas (Tambor, Jaco and Montezuma) for the beaches, the Central Pacific (Manuel Antonio Park), the Caribbean side (Puerto Limon) for the beaches and for the Tortuguero national park, the central valley for the national parks (Poa, Irazu), the South Pacific (the Corcovado national park and the world heritage of humanity), the northern plains (for volcanoes, including the Arenal). and the center, a region where beaches and mountains meet. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/where-to-go
    The best time of year to go to Costa Rica is between December and April, when the chances of rainfall are lower than the rest of the year. The temperatures in Costa Rica are fairly constant, the differences are more related to the altitude of certain regions.
    During the high season, direct flights operated by Air Transat from Montreal to San José or Liberia last 6 hours ; other airlines may serve connecting destinations, usually in Toronto.
    In Costa Rica, there are around 116 volcanoes, 5 of which are active: Arenal, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja, Irazu and Turrialba.
    In 2019, Costa Rica's population was over 5.048 million.
    Costa Rica is served by three international airports: San José (SJO) in the province of Alajuela, Liberia (LIR) in the province of Guanacaste, and Limon (LIO) in the province of Limon.
    Public transport (bus) is the most widely used mode of transportation in Costa Rican cities. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/bus-itinerary However, if you are thinking of moving from one region to another in the country, a rental of a 4 x 4 off-road vehicle is all designated. The state of the roads varies from asphalted roads or dirt tracks, sometimes impassable during rainy periods. A GPS is recommended.
    The best time of year to go to Costa Rica is between December and April, when the chances of rainfall are lower than the rest of the year. The temperatures in Costa Rica are quite constant, the variations are more related to the altitude of certain regions. The climate is pleasant in all regions of the country.
    Costa Rica is not a dangerous country to visit, but as with all destinations, you should always exercise caution when traveling; it is wise to check the Canadian Government site for the latest updates on countries to visit; https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/costa-rica
    Costa Rica is a safe Central American country, as long as travelers exercise caution as with all countries in the world. Always consult the Canadian Government site before departure: https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/costa-rica
    There are several species of snakes in Costa Rica, some of them poisonous. It is therefore recommended that you always check with the guides or representatives at your destination before undertaking visits to the regions, and take the necessary safety measures. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/planning-your-trip/tips
    There are a few species of sharks in Costa Rica, and dives can be arranged on guided tours. A new shark conservation plan has been in effect since 2020, and to find out more, visit the following site: https://costarica-decouverte.com/conservation-des-requins-plan/
    Costa Rica is an ecotourism destination, you have to move around the country to discover and visit the different regions, national parks, volcanoes, beaches. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/where-to-go Depending on the interests of the visitor, Costa Rica's official website identifies regions and natural attractions that will help in planning the trip.
    The first souvenir to bring back from Costa Rica is without a doubt the coffee; whether traditional or coated in chocolate, the choice is vast. And then, a bottle of Cacique, a local liqueur made from cane sugar; the traditional 'Pura Vida' T-Shirt, the local expression of Costa Rica, which you will find in public markets, not to mention the local spices and handicrafts.
    As with all tropical destinations, you should check that your vaccines are still valid, such as hepatitis A and B, measles, tetanus, etc .; consult the Canadian government site for updates: https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/costa-rica and visit a travel health clinic a few weeks before leaving.
    Among the cities to visit in Costa Rica are San José, the capital, for its market, museum and theater; then the city of Limon, for its port and its colorful traditional festivals; Liberia, the 'white' city for its architecture; Alajuela, for its tourist attractions and the 'mango festival'.
    Costa Rica is an ideal destination for sun, beach and biodiversity lovers. https://www.visitcostarica.com/en/costa-rica/things-to-do/sun-and-beaches The beach in Manuel Antonio National Park is very popular and highly sought after; for a beach with a party atmosphere, the one in Puerto Viejo is the right place; for beach lovers with diving, meet at Conchal beach; the best beaches are at Tamarindo, Hermosa, and Montezuma.
    The Colon (CRC) is the common currency in Costa Rica (plural, 'colones'). The approximate equivalence to the US $ dollar is 624.15 CRC per US $ 1. The US dollar is accepted almost everywhere, but traders will give you 'colones' in return, which may not be to your advantage.

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