Costa Rica

Anytime! You can visit Costa Rica year-round as it is a tropical destination.

Best Travel Time

The mountain ranges spanning the country from the northwest to the southeast form a barrier that divides the country into two larger climatic zones, the Pacific and the Caribbean. That’s why weather conditions on the Pacific side are usually the opposite of the Caribbean and vice versa. Independent of the climatic zones, several days of consecutive rainfall are rare. You will usually experience sunny mornings and a refreshing tropical thunderstorm in the afternoon. There is a period of less rain from December to April on the Pacific side and August to October on the Caribbean side.

July to November is the perfect time if you want to experience the great nature wonders you can see in Costa Rica: The observation of humpback whales on the Pacific coast, the sea turtle nesting season and the bird migration from North America on the Caribbean side. Costa Rica’s flora literally explodes and shows its most diverse side from May to November. In our opinion it is a pity to only lay around on the beach in Costa Rica, but if you are looking for a pure beach holiday, December to April is perfect for the Pacific side and August to October on the Caribbean side.

Safety

Costa Rica is a comparatively safe holiday destination. Costa Ricans are very open-minded, helpful and friendly people, making their guests feel at home right away. Nonetheless, it is important to be aware of possible safety risks. Considering some general precautionary measures, you can travel Costa Rica without problems:

Expensive jewelry should be left at home, and – just like anywhere in the world – openly displayed valuables can be a target of theft. Please use the hotel safe in your room or at the reception. Do not leave any valuables on display in your rented car and only park the car in guarded, official parking areas rather than leaving it next to the road. Avoid walking at night in the cities.

Armed robberies have sporadically occurred. Even though it is very rare, this risk cannot be completely excluded. Should you become the victim of such an assault, make no resistance and keep calm. Documents and material loss can be replaced.

Costa Rica is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and is thus exposed to natural risks like earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The country itself and the touristic infrastructure are well-prepared for such events. Due to the climate change there is also an increasing number of floods. Should any of this occur, please pay attention to the information provided by ARA Tours or the local population. Do not hesitate if evacuation is requested. This also applies in case of a tsunami alert.

Direct Flights to Costa Rica


to

Airport in San José:
Juan Santamaría International Airlport

 

Country

City

Airline

Frequencies

1

Spain

Madrid

Iberia

1 daily flight

2

UK

London- Gatwick

British Airways

1 flight Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

3

 France

Paris (CDG)

Air France

From Octuber 2017 until March 30th, available 3 flights Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays (high season). From 1 April 2018 flights will be permanet Wednesday and Sundays.

4

Germany

Frankfrurt

Condor

1 flight Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Frankfurt

Lufthansa

From March 2018, 2 flights Thursday and Saturday

Munich

Condor

1 flight Tuesday

5

Switzerland

Zurich

Edelweiss

2 flights Tuesday and Fridays.

6

Holland

Amsterdam

KLM

From October 2017 until March 2018, 2 flights Tuesday and Friday

South America Flights:
Juan Santamaría International Airlport

 

Country

City

Airline

Frequencies

1

Colombia

San Andrés

Bogotá

Avianca

Avianca

1 daily flight (T,W,S)

3 daily flight

2

Perú

Lima

Avianca

1 daily flight

3

Perú

Lima

Datam

3 weekly flights since january 2, 2018.

Sustainability in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country pioneering in sustainable tourism economy. The foundation for this was laid in the 1970s with the creation of the first national parks. Today, more than 30% of the country’s surface area is subject to nature conservancy protection.

Another equally important step was the sustainable organisation of the tourism industry. This was secured by introducing the Sustainability Certificate CST which is awarded by the Costa Rican Tourism Board.

Today, many hotels, destination area agencies, car rentals and tourist attractions are certified with the CST, and we would like to ask you to consider these providers during your trip to Costa Rica. You can specifically search and filter for CST certificated products on ARA Tours product platform www.latinconnect.com. Each company is checked again every two years, and the goal of all participants is to reach the highest category of 5 CST leaves. ARA Tours is proud to hold 5 CST leaves and therefore is highly sustainable.

Learn here more about CST and sustainability.

  • Conservation Areas
  • Region environment protection
  • Carbon Neutral Program (CANAECO)

Videos of each region

Let yourself be inspired by our short films about Costa Rica’s different regions! You will learn about the enormous variety of this country and decide more easily what priorities to set during your travel planning.
Costa Rica Map

1 - San José

2 - Orosí - Turrialba

3 - Caribbean Beach

4 - Selva Bananito

5 - Tortuguero

6 - Sarapiquí

7 - Boca Tapada

8 - Caño Negro

9 - Arenal Fortuna

10 - Rio Celeste

11 - Monteverde

12 - Rincón de La Vieja

13 - Northern Nicoya

14 - Southern Nicoya

15 - Manuel Antonio

16 - Dominical Uvita

17 - Osa Peninsula

18 - San Gerardo de Dota

  • 1 - San José

  • 2 - Orosí - Turrialba

  • 3 - Caribbean Beach

  • 4 - Selva Bananito

  • 5 - Tortuguero

  • 6 - Sarapiquí

  • 7 - Boca Tapada

  • 8 - Caño Negro

  • 9 - Arenal Fortuna

  • 10 - Rio Celeste

  • 11 - Monteverde

  • 12 - Rincón de La Vieja

  • 13 - Northern Nicoya

  • 14 - Southern Nicoya

  • 15 - Manuel Antonio

  • 16 - Dominical Uvita

  • 17 - Osa Peninsula

  • 18 - San Gerardo de Dota

Contact Information

Phone: +506-2232-0400
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address

Apdo 799 – 1007
San José, Costa Rica

Licenced by the Costa Rican Tourist Board: Lic ICT OT 293

Liability insurance: Instituto Costarricense de Seguros (INS) Coverage: Territory of the Republic of Costa Rica

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