Known for its delicious home-grown coffee, abundant native wildlife, and luxurious ecotourism resorts, Costa Rica has been a hit with travelers for quite some time. This week’s installment of Snapshot Monday ~ Costa Rica will have you packing your bags for a visit.
Snapshot Monday ~ Costa Rica
The country is also quite affordable as a vacation destination. Price of Travel estimates that a person on a backpacker budget would spend a modest $35 per day.
Travelers with a bigger budget should factor in about $45 more per person in order to stay at a 2-star hotel rather than a hostel and add a bit more to that tally to cover additional expenses such as eating out at nice restaurants. Besides, some package tours can cost considerably more than the regional average for such activities and travelers may want to factor that into their calculations as well.
Getting there should not be a problem. Costa Rica can easily be reached from North America on budget carriers such as Jet Blue and Spirit Airlines, which helps keep travel costs down.
A recent search on Kayak turned up round trip fares from Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica starting at $250 per person and from New York City to the same place starting at $290, with both trips on Spirit Airlines. Jet Blue prices from NYC were only somewhat higher at around $310 per person.
Although Costa Rica has a warm climate year round, the best time to visit is probably during the dry season which occurs between April and December.
During these months, the popular sites will be less crowded and the weather will be somewhat better. Travelers who are hoping for a bargain might even want to consider visiting during the rainy months of May to November.
Be aware that heavy downpours are typical at such times and bring appropriate gear with them on their holiday.
While activities that allow travelers to view the region’s plant and animal life are the primary forms of entertainment, other activities that travelers might enjoy include swimming on the local beaches, whitewater rafting down exhilarating rapids, visiting coffee plantations, and checking out the many interesting museums in San Jose.
Adventure sports such as scuba diving, trophy fishing, mountain biking, golfing, zip-lining, and surfing are also popular activities in Costa Rica. These are only the area’s main highlights and travelers are sure to find plenty to occupy their time in this lovely country.
That’s this week’s Snapshot Monday ~ Costa Rica, have you visited this beautiful tropical paradise? Share your experiences with us!
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