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Imagine a small country, bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, dotted with misty forests full of animals rustling, impressive volcanos, and countless wild and exotic beaches and with a privileged climate all year long. It may be small in size but the country is huge by its diversity, this small yet protected paradise is a magical destination for people who enjoy nature, ecology and original holiday in a quiet, warm and at the forefront of sustainable development country.

Exoticism, relaxation, adventure and exploration of a nature overflowing with countless plants and animal species.

While driving on the roads between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, you will be surprised by the variety of the landscapes and microclimates, and the infinite shades of green. You will be able to explore the jungles, volcanos and beaches often seen on post cards. Large and numerous, they are often deserted, though they might not always be suitable for swimming, but often, it's a perfect place for surfing, scuba-diving, stalls on the beach, making sand castles and of course just to relax.

carte casa costa ricaLearn more about Costa Rica

  • Capital: San Jose
  • Currency : Colon,  dollar is accepted everywhere (750 colons = 1 euro)
  • Language : Spanish
  • Population : 4 millions
  • Life expectancy : 78 years
  • Literacy rate : 97% (adults)
  • Percentage of protected area : 27%

Costa Rica is divided into 7 provinces:

  • Guanacaste, the North West of Costa Rica which includes much of the Nicoya Peninsula.
  • Alajuela and Herredia that share the lower North land
  • Limon, Caraîbe entire game.
  • Cartago and San Jose se share the Central Valley and the highlands.
  • Puntarenas, all of southern Costa Rica including the Osa Peninsula with the famous Corcovado National Park and the entire Pacific coast and the southern Nicoya Peninsula.

THE MUST SEE in Costa Rica

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San José - Central valley

San José, the capital of Costa Rica is the beating heart of the country. Connections for all buses to different part of the country are here. You will pass this city more than once.

Its charm lies in the central avenue with all its shops, street vendors and market. San José is also the starting point of many for many excursions such as rafting Pacuare, the Poas Volcano and many others.


Tortuguero - North Coast caraibe

Tortuguero, also known as the small Amazonia is only made of canals, with no roads, the only way to access Tortuguero is by boat. Through these beautiful landscapes worthy of the Amazon forest, you will see many animals such as caimans, crocodiles, sloths, snakes of all kinds, monkeys and of course turtles! Tortuguero owes its name to the turtles, who, from July to September lay their eggs on the beaches! If you are at Costa Rica during this period, do not miss it - it's a must-see event.

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Puerto Viejo / Cahuita - South Coast caraibe

Puerto Viejo is known as the little Jamaica of Costa Rica because of the cultural influence of the reggae music from Jamaica.

With its Reggae nights on the beach, snorkelling, beach cycling and Bribri, a native reserve known for its waterfall, Puerto Viejo will delight you for sure.

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Arenal / La Fortuna - North valley

The town of Fortuna is dominated by its incredible volcano with a shape of a perfect cone – it is a stunning sight. This impressive volcano is the main attraction of the area, it is still active, hence making it inaccessible for climbing. However, there is still a superb observatory nearby. The other attraction is the many hot springs, source of hot water heated by the volcano. There are many ways to enjoy this springs, with prices ranging from a good quality / price ratio to luxury spas. Many outing offer the Arenal Volcano Observatory combined with the hot springs of your choice.

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Monteverde - North valley

You cannot come to Costa Rica without visiting Monteverde and its cloud forests! It's the best place for Canopying! This activity consisted in moving from tree to tree by using zip lines or tyroleans. For those wishing to discover the beautiful landscapes of Monteverde in a more peaceful and quieter way, there's the possibility of taking a Stoll on the suspension bridges/cable-supported bridges. As you can see, the main attraction of this city comes from the dense forests. Whether suspended from a cable, perched on a bridge or two feet on the ground with your head in the clouds, everyone can find the formula that, for sure, will leave you with ever lasting memories.

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Liberia - North valley

Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste, is an excellent drop off point for excursions. The impressive waterfalls of Llanos de Cortes or even the national parks: Rincon de la Vieja, Santa Rosa and Palo Verde are easily accessible from Liberia and are even proposed as day trips. Liberia is also a connecting point on local transportation between San Jose and the Pacific coast of the Nicoya Peninsula.

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Tamarindo and Playa Samara - North Pacific Coast

Tamarindo is very popular with American customers. This genuine seaside resort owes its reputation to its beautiful beaches and its perfect waves for beginner surfers. Besides the beaches and surf, you can also go cycling, canoeing and sport fishing. However, just like the entire coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, the prices are very high. Samara, just like Tamarindo, has a beautiful beach with ideal conditions for the first course of surfing but prices are also high.

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Santa Teresa & Malpais - Central Pacific Coast

Beach, surfing and beach party! Indeed, Santa Teresa is one of the best surfing spots in Costa Rica. The waves are delight for surfers and the beach offers magnificent sunsets. To end the day, you can only appreciate the famous electro-party with your feet in the sand.

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Montezuma - Central Pacific Coast

Montezuma is a small, and relatively peaceful hippie town. You will love its many stalls of hand made jewellery, its beautiful beach and its impressive waterfall visible after a nice walk in the woods.

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Manuel Antonio / Quepos - South Pacific Coast

To give you a clear picture, Quepos is a port city, this is where you will arrive by bus. Every 10-15min, a bus departs for the National Park of Manuel Antonio and the beach, allowing you to arrive in about 20 min at Manuel Antonio. The national park is of course the main attraction and its white sandy beaches are beautiful! A must-see: the kayak tour through the mangroves!

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Dominical - South Pacific Coast

Dominical is a well-known surf spot. The relaxed atmosphere and stalls along the beach are the charm of this small village, without forgetting the magnificent spectacle of the two-stage waterfall of Nauyaca. To reach the waterfall, there are horseback excursion for the day, the starting point is at dominical.

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Uvita - South Pacific Coast

You can find the national park of whales in Uvita! If you visit from July to September you may even have the chance to see these impressive mammals. However, if the whales are just too shy to show themselves, the dolphins will gladly fill in!

The beauty of the beaches of Uvita will leave you speechless even if you have not had the chance to attend the show at sea!

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Corcovado - Extreme South Pacific

Corcovado or nature pure!

The Osa Peninsula is composed mainly of two cities: Puerto Jimenez and Bahia Drake. Both are gateways to the Corcovado Park, which is the most authentic place in Costa Rica. The nature runs wild and all the animals that you would expect to see in Costa Rica have been gathered in this special place.


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