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Hiking through a tropical rain forest, marveling at the view of an active volcano, or sun-bathing on miles of pristine white sand beaches—when you visit Costa Rica, you don't have to choose; you can have it all. With miles of Pacific and Caribbean coastline, incredible national parks packed with colorful wildlife, and various activities for the entire family, it is the perfect destination for your dream vacation. All you need now is to find the perfect room in one of many fabulous Costa Rica hotels.
Things to See
Costa Rica is full of natural splendor. Arenal, the largest of Costa Rica’s five smoldering volcanoes, is a majestic sight peaking just above the clouds and always attracting admirers. A favorite among Costa Rica's world-renowned eco-parks is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. This lush, misty park is packed with forest flora and fauna; consider taking a nighttime hike to spy on nocturnal animals’ evening activities. There’s also Central Valley, a fertile area with rolling hills, a moderate climate and several coffee plantations you’ll want to visit to learn more about what it takes to create a great cup of java.
Animal-lovers enjoy catching glimpses of rare squirrel monkeys, sloths, iguanas and more near the surrounding rainforests of Manuel Antonio National Park, and there are lots of opportunities to bird-watch scarlet macaws, glittering hummingbirds and more at Corcovado National Park. Playa Carillo offers an unforgettable day at the beach, where you can quietly enjoy calm waters and unmarred sand, or jump into a boisterous day of swimming and snorkeling. For a coastal excursion, visit Nicoya Peninsula, where you'll also find some of Costa Rica’s finest restaurants.
Hotels in Costa Rica
Costa Rica hotels come in a variety of settings suitable to your vacation needs. Modern business hotels and international chains are also easy to find here. Choose from secluded mountain properties outside San Jose, modern suites in the downtown business and entertainment districts, or rustic eco-lodges surrounded by lush rainforest foliage—many of which are all-inclusive, with food, drinks, activities and entertainment covered in the fee.
Where to Stay
You'll find some of Costa Rica’s finest beach hotels between the rugged Pacific Coast region’s four districts—Nicoya Peninsula, Guanacaste, Central Coast, and Southern Coast—and the Caribbean region, with its lightly populated beaches and coral reefs. San Jose, the country's capital, is a lively cultural and entertainment center with about one million residents.
How to Get to Costa Rica
Most people arrive in Costa Rica via plane or cruise ship, as driving between countries poses challenges for many travelers. San Jose’s airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaria, is about an hour away from the Pacific coast by ground transportation. Liberia's airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quiros, lies west, and is convenient for visiting Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula. Cruise ship passengers arrive at either Puerto Caldera or Puntarenas.
A majority of Costa Ricans use the public bus system to get around San Jose and other nearby towns and cities. Tourists who prefer to rent an automobile should be aware that Costa Rica’s roads are harsh—you are likely to find large potholes along the streets; consider a four-wheel drive vehicle for navigating to and from popular adventure destinations.