These are just a few suggested routes that many visitors enjoy, and could be a starting point in planning your holiday. We want to make an itinerary that is just right for you, based on your budget and interests. We will send you a holiday questionnaire – the more information you tell us, the easier it is to prepare a trip specially for you. To give you an idea the prices below are an approximation based on two people travelling in the low season and staying at mid-range hotels. Most people fly into San José, but you can also start your holiday in Costa Rica’s other international airport in Liberia, in the Pacific Northwest region of Guanacaste.
- The rainiest months are September and October and you’ll need a good travel umbrella if you come then.
- There are mosquitoes (we have jungles here!) but you don’t need to take anti-malarials. Wearing repellent and long sleeves in the evening is a good idea in some areas.
- You can use US dollars almost everywhere. Most hotels, restaurants and tours show prices in dollars.
- The water in Costa Rica is safe to drink, but bottled water is widely available if you have a sensitive stomach.
- Light casual clothing is all you will need most of the time as temperatures are between 21-27C or 70-81F. However, in mountainous places like Montverde you will need a sweater and a good waterproof jacket.
- The food in Costa Rica is not spicy, but Western food is readily available. Local staples are rice and beans, tortillas, chicken and fish. Tropical fruits and smoothies are a specialty.
- Spanish is the official language but English is also spoken in most hotels, larger restaurants and tours. People are friendly and really appreciate it even if your Spanish is only ‘buenos dias’!