Learn more about what to expect on this tailor made self drive holiday to Costa Rica including when to go, how to get there and how comfortable you can expect to be.
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When should I go?
Costa Rica has two seasons: rainy and dry. The dry season runs from December to May.
The general rule is the further north you are, the drier it will be. So, if you plan to travel on the cusp of the seasons you can expect the best weather in the northwest and on the north Pacific coast.
The rainy season is a good time to travel to avoid the crowds. Rains usually last only a couple of hours and do not cause any problems for visitors.
The rainy season is heaviest in September and October. Most lodges on the Osa Peninsula are closed during these months.
You can expect some showers throughout the year in the rainforest at Dominical and on the Osa Peninsula.
The cloudforest region of San Gerardo is at altitude, so can feel cold and damp throughout the year, especially at night.
Costa Rica is a tropical country, so with the exception of the cloudforest temperatures range from 25°C – 35°C all year round.
The walking tours are of a moderate length and not strenuous. In most areas the going underfoot is good, although some jungle paths may be quite muddy.
Otherwise, you can choose from a variety of excursions from the very active (surfing, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking) to the less active – wildlife walks, scenic drives and of course, just relaxing on a beach.
Since you have your own car for most of this holiday, you can set your own pace.
Small, friendly 3* properties throughout that have been chosen for their excellent service and charming style.
Three guided tours (Corcovado, Manuel Antonio and Rincon de la Vieja) but otherwise you are free to explore at your own pace.
As well as back up on the ground if you need it, we provide maps and local information to help you make the most of your time.
Pura Aventura is passionate about the places it visits.
To help preserve the integrity of these destinations we:
- Keep groups small to minimise environmental impact.
- Work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies. We use small, locally owned hotels and restaurants.
- Work with local guides so that our holidays are more interesting for clients and more beneficial locally.
- Make payment to suppliers before our clients arrive.
Pura Handmade Holiday
Because this holiday is tailor made by Pura Aventura, it is unique to us.
We have designed it to showcase what we believe to be the best parts of Costa Rica. While the places included may not be the most well-known, they are for us the hidden gems, away from the well-trodden tourist trail.
We deliver this holiday using our carefully selected local suppliers. Like us they are passionate about the places we visit and about helping you experience a real slice of Costa Rican life.
We have chosen the hotels and lodges very carefully. They best reflect the places you are visiting whilst still being clean, comfortable and well-run.
As you already know, Pura Aventura is dedicated to safe and responsible travel. The links below provide useful content and more information about Costa Rica. Please call us of any special requirements on 01273 676 712.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides useful travel advice on Costa Rica.
BBC News provides useful information about Costa Rica. Read more about it.
Official Government website
Find out more about Costa Rica, by visiting its official government website.
Prepare your holiday
Before you go on your holiday to Costa Rica, please ensure you have the correct vaccinations. Check out the NHS website for advice, visit your GP or a travel clinic.
For the latest information on the Costa Rican Colon currency, visit the ICE website.
For the forecast in Costa Rica, visit wunderground.
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