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Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

General Information

So many choices…

As your destination, Costa Rica presents a wide selection of optional activities to choose from: natural experience hiking one of the numerous national parks, volcanoes or rainforests: Float down the river on a raft or canoe or soak up the therapeutic effects of thermal hot springs. Should this sound like too much, then opt for the more leisurely and laid‑back options of viewing the coffee making process, a visit to see the incredible variety of butterflies, teeing off at a world‑ class golf course, or simply basking in the energizing effects of the tropical sun.

AREAS OF INTEREST

Guanacaste (North Pacific)

In the northwestern area of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the province of Guanacaste is a splendid site of nature with a rich topography that offers a variety of places, from stunning beaches to mind‑blowing volcanoes and savannas to life‑full tropical dry forests. The Gulf of Papagayo, another well‑known region, comprises the area between Ocotal Beach and the Papagayo Peninsula. Here you will find great hotels and the upbeat towns of Coco Beach, Hermosa Beach and Panama Beach. The surroundings of Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park combine tropical dry forest, waterfalls and volcanic activity. The area is well known by bubbling mud pots, little geysers, hot springs and a whole host of wildlife. The dry season in Guanacaste is longer than elsewhere in Costa Rica. The beaches of Conchal, Tamarindo and Avellanas extend southward from Potrero to Hacienda Pinilla. Conchal Beach is home to a great resort and spa and Tamarindo Beach possesses the most famous beach town in the region.

Central Valley

Costa Rica's Valle Central ‑ Central Valley ‑ and its surrounding highlands are the country’s cultural and geographical foundation. The area consists of a fertile upland basin inhabited by approximately two‑thirds of the country's population, and it accommodates its four most important cities: San José ‑ the capital city, and the cities of Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.

Central Pacific

The Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers something for everyone. The region comprises the area between Tárcoles and Herradura Beach, as well as Jacó Beach and the well‑known Manuel Antonio National Park. This spot in the Mid Pacific has miles of white sand beaches, great restaurants, natural attractions and the local airport. There are inviting swimming and surfing beaches, attractive small coastal towns, numerous outdoor activities, life‑rich national parks, and interesting wildlife, among many other attractions.