Costa Rica

Despite being one of the smallest countries in the Americas, Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. It’s a popular destination choice for nature lovers, adventure seekers and eco-tourism enthusiasts.

Over the years, Costa Rica has become our home away from home. We visit Costa Rica multiple times a year to see family, to relax on the beaches on Guanacaste, and explore new destinations around the country. 

We’ve compiled a large collection of tips and advice for visiting this beautiful country’s top destinations and lesser-known spots.

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Explore Costa Rica

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North Guanacaste


Playa Avellanas


Santa Teresa


Manuel Antonio



Rincon de la Vieja

Osa Peninsula

San Jose

Tortuguero National Park

Best time to Visit Costa Rica

Dry Season: December - April

The lack of rain and high temperatures make it a more popular time for vacationers. However, prices during the high season are also higher and the vegetation, particularly in Guanacaste is much less beautiful than it is in the green season.

Green Season: May - November

Rainfall is heavier and prices are cheaper during this time. There are also fewer crowds. Heavy rains yield lush and beautiful foliage across the country.

What to Expect


Spanish is the primary language in Costa Rica. It's formal, clean and easy to understand with few colloquialisms. English is spoken in most tourist establishments.


Costa Rica’s national currency is the Costa Rican colón (CRC), although US dollar is unofficially accepted in some places throughout country.

Credit Cards & ATM

Credit Cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and other establishments. Some smaller shops and stalls in farmers markets might still rely on cash, so always carry some with you.


Voltage in Costa Rica is 120 V, 60Hz. Sockets are American style, types A or B.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get around Costa Rica is by renting a car. Most roads in Costa Rica are paved and are fairly easy to drive on. Public transport is a cheap alternative for backpackers.


Costa Rica is generally considered a very safe country. Although pick pocketing and small crimes do happen, particularly in San Jose, so it's important to stay vigilant during your visit.

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Things to Know Before Traveling to Costa Rica

Having spent many months in Costa Rica, and with Max having grown up here, we know exactly the questions first time visitors have and have the answers, tips and things to know before going to Costa Rica.
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Planning a Wedding in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an amazing location for a destination wedding! We know because that's exactly where we decided to tie the knot in 2015!

If you are considering a Costa Rica destination wedding for your upcoming nuptials, we hope that our advice and tips can help make the planning process and a lot less daunting!

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