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If you are planning some incredible vacations, we are sure you will be wondering a lot of things regarding the airline tickets you need and the Costa Rica airports that you will have to use.

As your best travel partner, Travel Excellence has prepared this useful information about airports in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Location
Costa Rica is a mountainous country on the narrow Central American isthmus, with Nicaragua to the North and Panamá to the South. To the East and West are the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, respectively.

Costa Rica Location

  • Maximum length: 288 miles from Río Sapoá to Punta Burica
  • Minimum length: 74 miles from Tuba to Boca Coronado
  • Maximum width: 161 miles from Cabo Santa Elena to Boca del Río Colorado
  • The capital: San José Area: 3.66 square miles
  • Land area: 19.730 square miles
  • Administrative division: 7 provinces
  • Total population: 3.510.637 (50.54% men / 49.46% women)
Costa Rica Weather

Find more about Weather in San Jose, CS

Get more Current Weather Forecast in different places of Costa Rica by clicking here.

Costa Rica weather is idyllic, but when people travel with vacation packages that include different Costa Rica destinations, is better if they are aware that the climate of each one of those places can be very different.

The best time for your Costa Rica vacations…

Most of the vacation tours and top tourist attractions of the country can be enjoyed year-round, but the best time for your next Costa Rica travel depends on what would you like to do here.

Even when there are less travel deals, weather in December and January is perfect so those two months are ideal to visit Costa Rica. Trees are still green from the rains so you will enjoy beautiful landscapes on your canopy tours and rivers have a moderate flow so the white water rafting tours will be amazing.

Also, weather in September and October is perfect for surfers, as the Pacific coast sees better swells and bigger waves in those months. But don’t worry; just one month later and until May, is the best time for surfing in the Caribbean coast.

But people looking for the experience of Costa Rica’s wildlife will have to come depending on what they want to see. Weather in August and September is ideal for green turtle arrives; while weather from November to April will allow you to see the beautiful Quetzal and some other species of migratory birds.

Weather characteristics

The reason of the varied Costa Rica microclimates is that the country is between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. But no matter where you are, the sun will rise around 5:30 am and will set around 5:30 pm, giving you 12 hours of sunlight to spend traveling.

Also, there are only two defined seasons in Costa Rica: dry season (called “verano” or high season) and rainy season (called “invierno” or green season). The dry season goes from December to April and the rainy season goes from May to November, with September and October being the wettest.

Annual Rainfall for Major Areas:

Central Valley: 1.100-2.500 mm 43-98 inches
Northern Pacific: 1.400-4.300 mm 55-98 inches
Central Pacific: 2.300-4.300 mm 91-169 inches
Southern Pacific: 2.300-4.000 mm 91-157 inches
Atlantic Region: 2.000-4.500 mm 79-177 inches

Weather by regions

  • San José weather
    These highlands have temperate climate and see the rain from December to April, especially at nights.
  • Guanacaste weather
    Known for being dry and hot, these lowlands see some rains in the afternoons from June to November.
  • Arenal weather
    You can't escape from humidity in these lowlands but you will experience a drier weather in May and until November.
  • Monteverde weather
    Known by its cloud forest, these highlands have drizzles year round due to its high elevation.
  • Southern Pacific weather
    September and October have non-stop rains. In fact, many hotels are closed during those months. From December to March it's sunnier, therefore is hotter and more humid.
  • Caribbean weather
    Rainy season here is opposite of the rest of the country so rains will be prevalent from April to August and from November to January.
  • Manuel Antonio weather
    Manuel Antonio, Jacó and Puntarenas weather is very similar: hot and humid with some rains from June to November.

Current Costa Rica Weather Forecast by Places

Liberia Guanacaste Weather Forecast
Puerto Limon Weather Forecast
Puntarenas Weather Forecast
Heredia Weather Forecast
Alajuela Weather Forecast
Nicoya Guanacaste Weather Forecast
Guápiles Weather Forecast
Turrialba Cartago Weather Forecast

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Costa Rican People

Costa Rican People

What makes "Ticos" (Costa Ricans) so different?
This is a common question. The answer lies in the country’s history and culture. Costa Rica has a mostly peaceful past. From the very beginning, Costa Ricans have been exposed to little violence. During colonial times, it was one of the few parts of Latin America settled by people more interested in creating a pleasant place to live and start a family than in exploiting the indigenous people and their gold.

Most "ticos" are still as warm hearted and friendly as their ancestors. Hospitality, respect and friendship are enjoyed by visitors.

Where did the word "tico" come from?
Costa Ricans often use the diminutive form of words to be more courteous or friendly. They use, however, "ico", instead the more common "-ito". Although "-ico" is a correct form of the diminutive, it is rarely used in other Spanish speaking countries. The word "momento" (moment) thus become "momentico" (a little moment) and even "momentitico" (a very brief moment). Hence, people from other countries started calling Costa Ricans "ticos".
Costa Rica Education

Costa Rica Education

Through constant attention to education, Costa Rica has achieved the highest literacy rate in Central America. Its literacy rate rivals that of many larger and more industrialized nations. Since the 1970’s Costa Rica has consistently invested twenty-eight percent of the national budget in education-something which would not have been possible while maintaining armed forces.

The educational system is divided into three major sections. Elementary schooling is free and obligatory. Seventy percent of high schools are public, while accredited private institutions provide the other thirty percent. University education began last century, but it wasn’t until 1940 that the University of Costa Rica, the country’s largest public university, was founded. Thirty years later, several more public universities had been created, including a correspondence school. The first of numerous private universities was established in 1977.

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Student & Youth Travel Association
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