For many years Costa Rica was a well-kept secret. However, today the country is a major international travel and adventure-travel destination, and tourism is one of the top sources of income for this small Central American country.
Although this jewel has been discovered, Costa Rica is still rich in natural wonders and biodiversity and without the overwhelming crowds.
At the widest point, Costa Rica only measures about 185 miles across – with four mountain ranges that divide the country. At 12,000 feet, Mount Chirripó is the highest point in southern Central America. More than 1/2 of the country’s 3.5 million population live in the Central Valley, in cities such as San José and Alajuela.
The tourist season, known as the Dry or High season, is roughly Christmas through Easter. Clear, sunny weather can be expected, with an occasional rainstorm interspersed. If you like time on a tropical beach with a little less rain during your rain-forest experience, high-season is the time to visit. However, during this time, tourism operates at its fullest, the beaches are more crowded and making reservations in advance a must.
The off-season, known as the Green or Rainy Season is roughly May through November. This is a time when rain can be expected most afternoons, with more frequent rain during the later months. However, traveling to Costa Rica during this time, you will find reduced airfare and lodging rates, few fellow travelers and a lush landscape everywhere you venture.
Perhaps one of the most incredible places on earth to witness the beauty of wildlife birds, reptiles, mammals, fish, insects, and more. From jungle to ocean there is an abundance of creatures big and small.