Destination of the Month — Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a small Central American gem, beckons travelers with its lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture. Stepping foot in this tropical paradise feels like entering a world where nature and tranquility coexist in perfect harmony-a place where the locals warmly greet you with a smile and the phrase “Pura Vida,” meaning pure life.

Start your Costa Rican adventure by immersing yourself in the captivating biodiversity of its national parks. From the towering Arenal Volcano to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde, every step unveils a new marvel of nature. Hiking through these verdant landscapes allows you to witness exotic wildlife, including colorful toucans, playful monkeys, and elusive sloths.

For a taste of the country’s laid-back coastal vibe, head to the Pacific or Caribbean shores. Costa Rica boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, where you can soak up the sun, surf the Pacific waves, or simply relax with your toes in the warm sand. Explore Manuel Antonio National Park, where dense rainforests meet pristine beaches, offering a unique blend of ecosystems.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the rich cultural tapestry of Costa Rica. Visit local markets to savor traditional dishes like gallo pinto (rice and beans) and indulge in freshly harvested tropical fruits. Engage with the welcoming locals to learn about their traditions, folklore, and the importance of sustainability in their daily lives.

In Costa Rica, every moment becomes a celebration of life. Whether you’re zip-lining through the treetops, unwinding in natural hot springs, or strolling through charming colonial towns, the country’s spirit of Pura Vida will leave an indelible mark on your soul. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to Costa Rica-a destination that promises not just a vacation but a transformative experience in the embrace of pure life.

Ways To Visit

Costa Rica offers many ways that travelers can experience this beautiful country. Below are some of the best ways to experience Pura Vida.

Guided Vacations: For travelers looking to get the most out of their time in Costa Rica a guided vacation is tough to beat. Whether you’re looking for a tour focused on adventure, history, culture, or a combination of all three there is an option for you. A guided trip through Costa Rica would be especially appealing to the more adventurous who want to spend each day zip-lining, hiking, white water rafting and more.

Estimated costs: Adventure-$2,100 per person, Standard-$2,500 per person, Luxury-$4,900 per person.

All Inclusive: Costa Rica may not have the reputation of Mexico or the Dominican for it’s all inclusive offerings, but that doesn’t mean there is any shortage of options for those looking to kick back and relax during their trip. Adults only, family friendly, and wellness options abound in Costa Rica giving you many options for that perfect vacation. Choosing this option doesn’t mean you have to skip on adventure either. You can enjoy the beach one day and hop in a shuttle to the jungle the next. Zip lining, rafting, and more are all excursions that can be booked from your resort.

Estimated Costs based on double occupancy for seven nights: Moderate-$1,300-$2,100 per couple, Premium-$2,400-$5,200 per couple, Luxury-$6,000+

Custom Independent Travel: Saying there is a lot to see and do in Costa Rica would be a massive understatement. So it’s no wonder that travelers are often nervous about setting up a custom trip. No need to worry though as we have suppliers who can manage everything for your transportation, lodging, and activities. By creating a custom itinerary just for you, you will be ensured to see everything you want during your time in Costa Rica. This option is particularly appealing to those who are looking for more luxurious accommodations.

Costs vary greatly for custom trips. For a seven night custom itinerary with lots of activities and premium lodging, I would estimate around $4,600 per couple.

Best Time To Visit

Choosing the best time to visit Costa Rica depends on your preferences and the experiences you seek. Generally, the dry season, spanning from December to April, is considered the best time to explore the country. During these months, you can expect sunny days, minimal rainfall, and ideal conditions for outdoor activities. The landscapes, from rainforests to beaches, are vibrant and accessible, making it an excellent time for hiking, wildlife watching, and beach adventures.


However, the peak tourist season falls within this dry period, resulting in higher prices and crowded attractions. For those seeking a quieter experience with fewer tourists, the transitional months of May and November, known as the shoulder seasons, can be appealing. While you might encounter some rain, particularly in the afternoons, the lush greenery and lower prices make it a favorable trade-off.

If you are specifically interested in witnessing the spectacle of sea turtles nesting, the rainy season from May to November is the optimal time to visit. Different regions may have varying weather patterns, so it’s advisable to research specific areas based on your desired activities and preferences. Ultimately, whether you prefer the dry season for guaranteed sunshine or the shoulder seasons for a more tranquil experience, Costa Rica offers something enchanting year-round.

Where To Go

San Jose and Central Valley

Costa Rica’s Central Valley, an enchanting highland region, offers a captivating blend of urban charm and natural beauty. Anchored by the capital, San Jose, this lush valley is surrounded by towering mountains and fertile farmlands. Explore the city’s cultural richness in museums and markets, where history and modernity intertwine. Venture into the surrounding hills for coffee plantations, where the aroma of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee fills the air. The Central Valley, with its pleasant climate and scenic landscapes, is not just a geographical heart but a cultural and agricultural hub, beckoning visitors to experience the essence of Costa Rica.


Nestled high in the Tilarán Mountain Range, Monteverde in Costa Rica is a cloud forest haven that enchants nature enthusiasts. Its lush landscapes, shrouded in mist, host a rich biodiversity and offer a unique ecological experience. Traverse suspended bridges through the canopy, discovering rare orchids and vibrant birdlife. The renowned Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve captivates with its mystical beauty, revealing hidden waterfalls and elusive wildlife. Zip-lining through the treetops or embarking on a nocturnal wildlife tour adds an adventurous touch. Monteverde, a sanctuary of biodiversity, beckons those seeking a magical escape into the heart of Costa Rica’s natural wonders.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna, nestled at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano is a tropical paradise pulsating with energy. Arenal’s iconic symmetrical cone provides a breathtaking backdrop to the town, creating a scenic masterpiece. Indulge in the therapeutic wonders of natural hot springs fed by the volcano’s geothermal activity. Embark on exhilarating hikes around Arenal, traversing lush rainforests and discovering hidden waterfalls. The town offers a charming blend of adventure and relaxation, with an array of eco-friendly lodges, inviting eateries, and vibrant markets. La Fortuna promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Costa Rica’s captivating landscapes.


Guanacaste unveils a coastal paradise along the Pacific Ocean, adorned with pristine beaches and azure waters. Playa Conchal, with its unique shell-strewn shore, invites sunbathers into a tropical haven. Tamarindo Beach, a surfers’ haven, captivates with its lively atmosphere and golden sands. Relax on the tranquil Playa Hermosa, known for its gentle waves and stunning sunsets. Guanacaste’s beaches offer not just a scenic escape but a gateway to diverse marine life and water activities. From surfing to snorkeling, this Pacific province beckons beach enthusiasts into a world where relaxation and adventure harmoniously embrace the Costa Rican shoreline.


Tortuguero unfolds as a mesmerizing maze of canals and lush jungles, earning its nickname, the “Amazon of Costa Rica.” Accessible only by boat or plane, this remote paradise is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Witness the magic of sea turtles nesting on its expansive beaches, a breathtaking spectacle in the right season. Navigate the intricate waterways to spot vibrant birdlife, monkeys, and caimans. The Tortuguero National Park, teeming with biodiversity, invites exploration through winding trails. Immerse yourself in this untouched wilderness, where the rhythm of nature harmonizes with the gentle lull of the Caribbean waves, creating an unforgettable Costa Rican adventure