A lush paradise in the heart of central America, Costa Rica is the perfect tropical getaway. Nature lovers and thrill seekers alike flock here to enjoy pursuits like zip-lining, scuba diving, surfing and bird watching. It boasts top-notch accommodations and a unique cuisine, based on the freshest exotic fruits in the world.
Popular day and overnight trip destinations include Las Baulas National Marine Park, Uvita Island, Arenal Volcano, Corcovado National Park and Cerro Chirripó. For urban fun, stick to the capital of San José. Local attractions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the National Theatre of Costa Rica and the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica are viable options as well.
From Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San José, it's a 25-minute ride into the center of town by either taxi, mini-bus or rental car. For trips further afield to the Nicoya Peninsula or Guanacaste, public buses are your best bet. San José's main MUSOC station is located centrally on Avenida 22.
Costa Rica's weather is humid and warm with a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 57 degrees Fahrenheit in San José. The rainy season lasts from May to October with the Pacific coast being drier than the Caribbean. Upon arriving, be sure to convert your cash into Costa Rican Colones at the airport.
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