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.