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San Jose

Time Difference

Local Time – 6 Hrs



Flight Time

11 hrs 20 from London


No – FCO Advice




Tourist Office

Where Nature Rules

Costa Rica is possibly one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet and a visit to this Central American jewel is an experience to savour.

With wildlife including toucans, macaws, sloths, unique insects and a rich variety of colourful frogs plus a habitat of magnificent beaches, volcanoes, swamps and rainforest this is truly a nature lovers dream destination.

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Getting Around

The Bus network is generally excellent, frequent and good value for money and is very popular for the backpacking community.

Hiring a car or even a motorbike is a little on the expensive side and parts of the country are difficult to navigate in terms of terrain so I would not suggest this is your best method of travelling within the country.

Domestic flights are predominantly available on Sansa and NatureAir who have a small network of services originating out of San José to many beach destinations and regional towns.

Costa Rica's Top Attractions

Parque Nacional Corcovado
For a wide choice of outdoor activities such as walking and wildlife-spotting head to rainforests of the Parque Nacional Corcovado in the south of the country.

Possibly one of Costa Ricas most popular attractions is at Monteverde in Puntarenas. Here you are dared to walk across a bridge up high in the cloud forest to experience a wealth of flora and fauna as well as the incredible sights and sounds. 

The Arenal Volcano National Park
All around this awesome Volcano and its sister volcano Cerro Chato, there are activities like zip lining and hiking however the views of Arenal is what you come for.

Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Guanacaste
This stunning park offers a range of attractions including beaches where you can surf, various different types of rain forest, marshlands, woodlands and swamps. As a result the wildlife is amazing and so varied. 

Curú, Nicoya Peninsula
Curu offers rich and diverse wildlife. Kayak through the mangrove swamps and rivers or head inland to the forests to spot monkeys, parrots, anteaters and capuchins.

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Enjoy white sandy beaches, tropical forests full of sloths and monkeys and some awe inspiring coastal scenery.

Nauyaca Waterfalls
One of the best and most beautiful waterfalls in all of Costa Rica.

Best Beaches
The beaches of Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste and Ojochal’s Playa Tortuga on the southern Pacific coast are some of the finest off the beaten track.

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