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  • Writer's pictureChristine Hardenberger

Your Guide to Visiting Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

I just returned from Costa Rica! I had the incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of this beautiful country and, let me tell you, it was an incredible experience. I couldn't wait to get home to share my firsthand experiences and insider tips with you.

So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let me give you the lowdown on this amazing destination.

Distances and Transportation: First and foremost, let's dive into the logistics of navigating this captivating country. Despite Costa Rica's relatively small size (about the same as West Virginia), it's important to note that travel distances can take longer than anticipated. Many of the incredible attractions are located 2-3 hours away from the airport, making it crucial to plan your routes and estimate travel times accurately. Speaking of airports, it is absolutely essential to fly into the correct one. Costa Rica boasts two major airports, which are approximately 5 hours apart. Making the right choice ensures a seamless journey, while an incorrect decision can add significant hours to your travel time.

Microclimates and Packing: One of the things that fascinated me about Costa Rica is its incredible microclimates. There are 24! From lush rainforests to pristine beaches and majestic mountains, this country offers an astonishing variety of landscapes. To make the most of your adventure, it's crucial to pack wisely. Be sure to bring breathable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and lightweight layers. Don't forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a rain jacket, as the weather can change quickly in different regions.

A white-faced capuchin monkey sitting in a tree beyond the railing of a boat in Costa Rica.
Yes, we were this close to the monkey!

Wildlife Encounters: Prepare to be amazed by the incredible wildlife encounters in Costa Rica. The country is a haven for biodiversity, and during my trip, I had the privilege of witnessing nature's wonders up close. A sloth hanging out in a tree? Check! Crocodiles lounging on the river bank? Check! Iguanas sunning on the pool deck? Check! Monkeys everywhere? Check! I was completely enchanted by the wildlife all around me. Even the ants were fascinating! (No, really, they were)

Resort Options: When it comes to accommodations, Costa Rica offers a plethora of stunning resorts that blend luxury, natural beauty, and warm hospitality. During my stay, I had the pleasure of exploring a variety of resorts that catered to different preferences. Whether you're seeking a beachfront retreat where the waves serenade you to sleep or a secluded rainforest hideaway where tranquility reigns supreme, Costa Rica has it.

Awe-Inspiring Sunsets: Costa Rica is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets that paint the sky with a palette of gold, pink, and purple. You've simply never seen anything like them.

Close to home: Costa Rica is closer than you think. It was just a 2.5 hour flight from Miami! If you're seeking a refreshing change from the typical Caribbean island vacation, Costa Rica awaits your arrival.

Get ready to be captivated by its natural wonders, enchanted by its rich culture, and embraced by its friendly people.

Once you experience the magic of Costa Rica, you'll find it hard to say goodbye. Who's ready for Costa Rica?

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