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Where is Costa Rica? Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the north Pacific Ocean, between Nicaraqua and Panama
GPS: 10 00 N, 84 00 W
Region: Central America and the Caribbean
Size: Slightly smaller than West Virginia
Coastline: 800 miles (1,290 km)
Climate: Tropical and subtropical
Rainy Season: May-Nov
Dry Season: Dec-Apr
Cooler in highlands
Terrain: Costal plains separated by rugged mountains
Elevations: Pacific Ocean to Cerro Chirripo 12,500 feet (3,810 m)
Population: 4,000,000
Language: Spanish
Currency: Costa Rica Colon (CRC)
Best Bets: Volcanoes, rainforests, oceans, canopy tree walks & zip lines, white water, mountain biking, sea kayaking
Select a region below to continue your discovery of Costa Rica.


San Jose & Central Valley

The conveniently located capital city of San Jose and the Central Valley area is an excellent jumping-off point for visiting several different areas within the country of Costa Rica. The region features a temperate climate, beautiful, unique hotels, and plenty to see and do. More...

Arenal Volcano Area

The main attraction in this region is the magnificent Arenal Volcano, but the area has even more to offer. From luxurious resorts and spas to natural hot springs surrounded by lush jungle, this region will not disappoint. More...


Located on Costa Rica's northern Caribbean coast, Tortuguero is a nature lover's dream. The region features beautiful jungle lodges that peek out at the rainforest and excellent national parks waiting to be discovered. More...


The southern Caribbean region features a unique Afro-Caribbean culture, beautiful beaches, and comfortable lodges with sea and jungle access. With two national parks and plenty of land and sea activities, you'll love this laid back area. More...


This area features two of the most popular cloud forests found in Costa Rica: the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. In addition, the towns of Monteverde and Santa Elena provide visitors with a wonderful cultural experience. More...


The popular Jaco area is characterized by beautiful beaches, lush jungles, delicious restaurants and a thriving nightlife. The region also offers a number of fantastic land and sea adventures providing a variety of experiences for visitors. More...

Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is a posh resort area with easy access to beautiful beaches and the popular Manuel Antonio National Park. Additionally, the town of Quepos provides visitors with a number of delicious restaurants and shops featuring locally made goods. More...

Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula features fantastic surfing and access to other thrilling water sports. There's plenty to do on dry land too, including nature hikes, horseback riding, canopy tours, and golf. More...


Tamarindo is a surfer's paradise with huge waves and lots of other activities to keep you busy as well. If relaxation is what you're after, the laid-back nature of the town is exactly what you're looking for. More...


Located to the north of Tamarindo, Papagayo offers close proximity to the adventures of its neighbor to the south without the crowds. The beautiful hotels perched high above the ocean allow guests to get close to nature while being surrounded in luxury. More...

Osa Peninsula

The southern-most peninsula in Costa Rica is home to the vast Corcovado National Park where you'll find more than 45% of the wildlife species native to the country. The park offers amazing opportunities for exploration on foot or horseback. More...

Rincón de la Vieja

Rincón de la Vieja and the surrounding region is located in the northern Pacific region of Costa Rica. Easily accessible from the international airport at Liberia, the region is home to a stunning national park full of adventures, lush tropical jungles, and farmlands. More...
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