Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. This democratic republic is home to hundreds of wildlife species, plant habitats, and insect dwellings. Costa Rica has built a strong and popular attraction for ecotourism due to the country's promotion of ecologically sound policies. Beaches, volcanos, and rainforests all make up its biodiversity.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Costa Rica ranks eighth in adventure, scoring a 72.8 percent in fun, 69.7 in the scenery, and 82.3 in a pleasant climate. Additionally, it rests between two bodies of water, meaning there are plenty of tropical beaches to lounge by and enjoy.
It is safe to say that tourists worldwide flock to this beautiful Central American country for a vacation full of adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both.
How to Travel in Costa Rica… and Have Fun
The natural beauty of Costa Rica attracts tourists to visit natural parks, which typically include beaches, volcanos, and rainforests. However, before you can see everything, you need a plan to get around. Taking a plane to Costa Rica is the most effective way to get to the country. You are more than likely going to arrive at the San Jose International Airport since it is in the capital city.
After a flight into the country, there are different ways to get around. The most popular is to take a bus. Many bus routes can take you from place to place. Sometimes, tourists want to rent a car, but this is not the most effective mode of transportation. Costa Rica offers plenty of scenic beauty, and driving can distract you from having a fulfilling experience. Plus, the roads tend to be tricky to navigate. Having a local drive- whether it is in a taxi or a bus- allows you to sight-see and relax.
It is recommended that you limit your baggage to carry on luggage. This makes travel around the country much more comfortable and less stressful. It also keeps all your items on hand.
When planning activities, you must add a national park or a beach to your itinerary. Costa Rica's natural beauty is its most attractive quality. To get a fantastic glimpse of the country on your trip, reserve time to explore biodiversity.
Traveling to Costa Rica in 2020
With the ongoing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), there have been limits on tourism and outside travelers coming into Costa Rica. As of August 1st, Costa Rica's Minister of Health is allowing the entry of tourists from countries that have controlled the spread of COVID-19. Some of these countries include Canada, the United Kingdom, and various countries in the European Union.
As of September 1st, travelers from six U.S. states can enter the country- New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
To enter the country, travelers must purchase travel insurance from the Costa Rica National Insurance Institute, complete a Health Pass form online, and present a recent negative PCR test.
Currently, face masks are a requirement while in enclosed spaces.