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Costa Rica

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Costa Rica has a democratic government and friendly inhabitants happy to practice their English. More than 23 percent of its area has been set aside as nature preserves. Bounded on one side by the Caribbean and on the other by the Pacific, the country is ...

Costa Rica has a democratic government and friendly inhabitants happy to practice their English. More than 23 percent of its area has been set aside as nature preserves. Bounded on one side by the Caribbean and on the other by the Pacific, the country is blessed with spectacular coastlines, plus a mountainous interior carpeted by rain forest that contains the richest biodiversity on earth. Wildlife species include howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, spiny anteaters and sea turtles. At the moment, the Pacific coast has all the marquee properties, including a Four Seasons and the pioneering eco-lodge Lapa Rios on the Osa Peninsula.

CLIMATE

The central mountainous area around San José enjoys a pleasant temperate climate. Both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts are tropical, with May through October being hot and humid. The best time for a visit is January through April.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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