Costa Rica FAQs
When's the best time to visit Costa Rica?
Despite its small size, Costa Rica has a number of distinct microclimates. The Caribbean coast is humid all year round with the driest months being Sep-Oct; wildlife lovers, however, might prefer to visit this region from Jul-Aug to watch nesting turtles. The rest of the country experiences a dry season from Dec-Apr, when there is plenty of sun and temperatures are high, and a rainy season from May-Nov. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule for all regions: for example, the rainy season starts a month earlier in the south Pacific, while the northern areas, including the Guanacaste coast, are not as affected by the seasons and are generally much drier. The highlands and cloud forests have warm temperatures during the day but the high altitude means evenings are much cooler.
For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.
What's the official language of Costa Rica?
What's the national currency of Costa Rica?
Colón. Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. There’s at least one in most main towns. You may have to authorise your bank first, and withdrawals may be limited to amounts lower than in the UK. US dollars cash can be exchanged in banks too. US dollars themselves are widely accepted.
What's the time difference between Costa Rica and UK?
GMT -5 hours.
What places combine well with Costa Rica?
A visit to neighbouring Nicaragua or Panama. There are land crossings to both, as well as international flights.
How do I get to Costa Rica?
There is a direct flight from London Gatwick to San José (11 hrs) as well as non-direct flights via US and European hubs.
What are the cultural and sport events in Costa Rica?
International Arts Festival: San José, March. Music, dance, film art exhibitions.
Monteverde Music Festival: Monteverde, Jan - Feb.
If you still have questions, please contact us and one of our Travel Experts will be happy to help.
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