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Flying into Costa Rica you realize this is a country truly touched by mother nature. Even from the window seat before landing we were awed by views of long stretches of deserted white sand beaches, dense jungles filled with a rich diversity of exotic wildlife, lush rainforests and raging rivers.

As we touched down in San Jose, the scenic beauty was unlike anything I had previously witnessed. Lush, vivid green forests backed by the blue silhouette of towering volcanoes. A staggeringly beautiful backdrop, and an amazing welcome into a country which prides itself on its overwhelming natural beauty.

Stunning views even from the window seat.

Stunning views even from the window seat.

San Jose airport. The views don't get better than this!

San Jose airport. The views don’t get better than this!

Driving from the airport to our Doubletree resort. Gorgeous.

Driving from the airport to our Doubletree resort. Gorgeous.

This is Costa Rica. Unspoiled and naturally beautiful.

This is Costa Rica. Unspoiled and naturally beautiful.

Excited to be in Costa Rica!

Excited to be in Costa Rica!

On top of Costa Rica’s spectacular beauty, it has an adventurous activities scene which rivals that of New Zealand!

Costa Rica’s landscape and temperate climate lends itself to outdoor activity, and it is the perfect destination for anyone wanting to combine a love of the outdoors with an adventurous spirit! Throughout the country there is a wealth of activities and attractions so exciting and in locations so breathtaking that we’re not sure 5 days will be enough!

Over the next 5 days, courtesy of Doubletree by Hilton, we will be soaring through the treetops, hiking to catch glimpses of rare rainforest species, abseiling, zip lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, surfing, swimming, cliff diving into waterfalls, and soaking in world famous thermal hot springs! Our biggest challenge will be trying to fit it all in!

Practical information for flying into Costa Rica

 

Numerous airlines fly into Costa Rica, with most international flights landing in San Jose’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. An increasing amount of flights are beginning to land in Liberia’s Daniel Oduber International Airport, which is more central to the beaches of the Guanacaste region and the Nicoya Peninsula.

Peak season to fly to Costa Rica is January through May which is the dry season. This is the best time to book cheap flights. Now May 5, we are beginning to see afternoon thunderstorms pass through.

Off season is May to November/December which is regarded as the rainy season. If traveling during this time book your activities in the morning. The sun shines throughout the morning, however rain showers come in hard from afternoon until evening.

A valid passport is required for entry into Costa Rica, and citizens of up to 50+ countries are allowed to stay for up to 90 days without a visa.

If traveling from the United States, there is no need to convert your currency. USD is widely accepted throughout Costa Rica, and locals will even encourage you to pay with USD. You may also tip in USD without any problems. However if you need change, it will generally be given in Costa Rican Colon. The exchange rate generally sits around $1 USD = 500 Colon.

We are currently traveling on behalf of Doubletree by Hilton DTour; a whole new way to plan – and share – your travels. 

 About Megan Claire

Megan is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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    6 Comments

  1. Very jealous! Looking forward to hearing more about Costa Rica

    • It’s an amazing country – just putting some of the video together now! Watch this space :)

  2. I’ve always wanted to visit Costa Rica–looks amazing! Hope you have a great time!!

    • Thanks Jenna! You’ll love it – hopefully you can get down here soon!

  3. Enjoy! I happen to love Costa Rica. This is my favorite place going again this June for business for my new website. http://www.travelmediamyway.com. Amazing people,culture, great experiences, and photography. Can’t wait to send lots of clients to experience the adventure.

    • So glad to hear you have the chance to travel back – truly is one of my favorite destinations – it just has everything going for it!

      Travel safe :)

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