Costa Rica is a beautiful country located in Central America bordering Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Costa Rica literally means ‘Rich Coast’, which is more than proven given the vast tropical rainforests, volcanoes, beaches, wild animals and flora that the country has to offer. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west and the Caribbean Sea the east, offering vast, practically virgin beaches for many kilometers. If guests are looking for a beach vacation, I highly recommend the Pacific Ocean as a base and maybe travel to the Caribbean side to spend a few days. The Pacific offers more in the way of activities and the beaches are much nicer. You will need to stay a minimum of two weeks in order to explore this fantastic country as there are so many things to do and see. Visiting the many national parks, climbing volcanoes, enjoying waterfalls, white water rafting, beaches, surfing, snorkeling cruises, fishing tours and golf—are just some of the amazing activities you can try.
Costa Rica’s currency is the Colon although American dollars are accepted everywhere. A fair exchange rate would be 545 colones = $1. Most shops will give change back in colones when you pay in dollars, which is understandable. I always recommend using a credit card everywhere. It’s much easier and less hassle. There are many ATM machines located all over the place so it is always easy to draw cash when needed.
Costa Rica has two international airports: San José International airport ‘Juan Santamaría’ and Liberia International Airport ‘Daniel Oduber’. Visitors wanting to visit San José, the Arenal Volcano and Puntarenas, should fly into San José and visitors wanting to travel to the Guanacaste region for the beaches, should try to fly into Liberia. There are smaller airports located around the country that you can fly into from San José and Liberia, such as Tamarindo airport. These are very convenient if you prefer to fly rather than drive through the sometimes difficult and busy Costa Rican roads.
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