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Introducing Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a nature lover's dream travel destination. Hike to hidden waterfalls, fly through the rainforest on a zip line, raft amazing white-water, or catch a wave on one of the many epic surf breaks.

When is the best time to visit?
Due to Costa Rica's location in Central America, near to the equator, it enjoys just two seasons annually as opposed to four. The dry season lasts from mid-November through April, and the rainy season lasts from May to mid-November. The latter is also referred to as the "green" season due to the brilliant vegetation that thrives during this period.  

Travelers often opt to visit during the dry season. Peak crowds hit in December, with folks continuing to come during January and February and (for many North Americans) during spring break. However, there are advantages to visiting Costa Rica in the "green" season, from less crowds to lower prices.  Read our travel guide for visiting Costa Rica in the "green" season to find out more.

Still not sure when to go, read our guide on the best times to visit Costa Rica.

Where to go in Costa Rica?
The people of Costa Rica are happy to welcome travelers and teach them about adventure and the pure life, or 'Pura Vida'. This country relies on the eco and adventure tourism that put it on the map, read about the main regions of the country to decide where you want to visit. Visit a baby sloth rescue, get to know Manuel Antonio National Park, see Arenal Volcano, and explore the Osa Peninsula Rainforest.

How many days do I need?
Costa Rica is a small country (size of West Virginia), with many sights situated fairly close together.  With great roads (mostly), throughout the country, makes it easy to get around. In one week, you can explore a number of sights and get a great sense of the country if you are ready to be on the go. With 2 weeks, you have a bit more time to relax in each destination or explore more of the country.  Still not sure how many days you need, read our guide to help you decide.

Getting around Costa Rica
Shuttles or private transfers are great options to get around in Costa Rica. Driving is not always straightforward, but still a great choice if you feel comfortable driving on curvy or unpaved roads.  For longer transfers, Costa Rica has a network of domestic airports that connect the main locations in the country. Read more

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Costa Rica Tours & Itineraries

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Storm clouds over Arenal volcano
Map of Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches
Best of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one country. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Beautiful Rio Celeste in Tenorio National Park
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Best of Costa Rica - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary includes many of Costa Rica's greatest hits. You'll venture into the country's most beautiful national parks and enjoy zip-lining adventures, nature hikes, beach excursions, and more. All the while you'll spot exotic animals as you traverse some of the most virgin rainforest landscapes in Central America.

Monteverde Cloud Forest
Map of Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour
Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour

Taking a road trip through Costa Rica gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore where you want. You'll pass through stunning natural scenery — from lush cloud forests to picturesque beaches — in seven days of scenic driving. This tour can be extended or shortened depending on how much time you have.

Whitewater rafting down the Pacuare river
Map of Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos - 8 Days
Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos - 8 Days

Explore Costa Rica's amazing natural scenery through a thrilling series of activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, and more. This tour will take you to a wide range of coasts, jungles, and rivers, all while keeping your adrenaline pumping.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Arenal Expedition Self Drive Tour - 4 Days
Arenal Expedition Self Drive Tour - 4 Days

This itinerary is one of the shortest, yet most action-packed options for travelers looking for a compact Costa Rica experience. Zip-line, rappel, and horseback ride your way throughout the Arenal region and enjoy some of the best volcano views the country has to offer.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Family-Friendly Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park- 9 Days
Family-Friendly Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park- 9 Days

Fun for the whole family, this itinerary covers two of Costa Rica's most famous areas. Arenal and Manuel Antonio are some of the best representations of Costa Rica; Arenal area features one of the most famous volcanos in the country, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, while Manuel Antonio National Park is renown for its white sandy beaches and vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife.

How Many Days To Spend in Costa Rica

Planning a trip to Costa Rica? Read this first to maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Punta Uva Beach on the Caribbean Coast
Map of 7 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries
7 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries

Cycle from coast to coast, take a culinary journey, chill on the beach, or have a world-class whitewater adventure: there are countless ways to spend a week in Costa Rica. These...

Arenal Volcano
Map of 10 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries

Travelers with more than a week to spend in Costa Rica have time to experience much of what makes the country so exceptional, from its many ecosystems and spectacular wildlife...

Enjoy a sunset in Costa Rica
Map of 2 Weeks in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Costa Rica - 5 Unique Itineraries

With two weeks, you can traverse the length and breadth of Costa Rica. You can visit the most famous national parks, indulge in all the adventure activities, laze on white-sand...

Costa Rica Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Best Time of Year to Visit Costa Rica
Best Time of Year to Visit Costa Rica

For access to all the country has to offer, visit during the dry season that runs from December through April—winter is the most popular time, with great weather and sizable...

Manzanillo
Essential Costa Rica: 4 Regions to Visit

Costa Rica is proof that big things can come in small packages. Although this Central American gem is barely the size of West Virginia, it’s the most biodiverse country on the...

Visit Costa Rica on your next kimkim trip
How kimkim Trips Work in Costa Rica

Planning a trip to Costa Rica? Here's a quick introduction to kimkim, how our trips work, and what makes us unique. We'll go over how our itineraries are customized to your...

A road to Arenal Volcano
Driving in Costa Rica: Road Trip FAQ

Costa Rica has a way of igniting the adventurous spirit within. This is, after all, one of the world's most biodiverse countries loaded with rainforests, wildlife species,...

Costa Rica Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
A colorful toucan perches on a tree branch in a Costa Rican forest
7 Best Places for Birding in Costa Rica

More than a quarter of Costa Rica is protected jungle, home to a wide variety of native wildlife—including 850 colorful species of birds. Learn about the country's best areas to...

Explore Monteverde
Where to Eat in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde is known for its stunning cloud forest, but there's also plenty of incredible dining options to fill you up after those long sky walks and zip-line adventures . The...

Explore Costa Rica's wildlife with your family
Why Costa Rica is Great for Families

For parents toying with the idea of an international vacation, this Latin American nation is chock-full of family experiences that will leave a lasting impression for years to...

Costa Rica Travel Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
Manzanillo
Essential Costa Rica: 4 Regions to Visit

Costa Rica is proof that big things can come in small packages. Although this Central American gem is barely the size of West Virginia, it’s the most biodiverse country on the...

Costa Rica Experiences

Unique things to do in Costa Rica
Brave the whitewater on Río Pacuare
Río Pacuare Whitewater Rafting

Located along Costa Rica's Caribbean slope near Turrialba is a deep gorge considered one of the best river-rafting sites in the world. The Río Pacuare runs 67 miles (107 km)...

The waterfall at Río Celeste
Explore Río Celeste in Arenal/La Fortuna

The Rio Celeste river sits inside Tenorio Volcano National Park and is one of Costa Rica's most beautiful and mysterious natural places. According to local legend, after God...

Our Latest Costa Rica Content

Join dad as you hike in the jungle
11 Days in Costa Rica - 6 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Outdoor adventure, wildlife viewing, and relaxing beach time await families on these exciting 11-day itineraries around Costa Rica! Travelers with younger children might opt for a trip featuring sunset sailing, farm tours, and easy walks through the rainforest, while those with older kids may prefer an itinerary with zip-lining and snorkeling around a coral reef. Whether you spend your time around Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest or venture further to the beaches of Sámara and Palo Verde National Park, these trips offer fun for the whole family.

Take the kids to a macaw rescue center
Map of Family Trip to Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs - 11 Days
Family Trip to Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs - 11 Days

Featuring outdoor adventures and abundant opportunities to spot monkeys, sloths, and toucans in the wild, this family-friendly 11-day trip around Costa Rica is fun for all ages. Start by hiking to waterfalls and soaking in hot springs in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, then continue to the Gulf of Papagayo to snorkel around a coral reef and tour a coffee farm. Visit a scarlet macaw refuge before wrapping up the trip with a day of hiking and wildlife viewing in the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.

Raft with the family on the Balsa River
Map of Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Ocean - 11 Days
Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Ocean - 11 Days

See the best of Costa Rica on this family-oriented itinerary featuring a mix of outdoor adventures, wildlife viewing, and hands-on experiences. After a hike through a sloth habitat, kids can try whitewater rafting and learn how to milk a cow while visiting a local farm. Continue to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for jungle hikes, zip-lining, and horseback riding. The trip ends in Tamarindo with surf lessons, a snorkeling excursion, a lively cruise down a jungle river, and the chance to witness sea turtles nesting.

Costa Rica Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Costa Rica map: 10 Days in Costa Rica: 5 Unique Itineraries
10 Days in Costa Rica: 5 Unique Itineraries
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2 Weeks in Costa Rica: 5 Unique Itineraries
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5-Days in Costa Rica : 5 Unique Trip Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Costa Rica
Travel specialist Randall Jiménez
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Randall Jiménez

Phrases like “The trip was wonderful beyond my dreams”, “I came back home being a different person…I have grown physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually”, “A job well done my friend”,...

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Travel specialist Olman Romero
active 9 hours ago

Olman Romero

I was born in Turrialba, which is a region famous for the Guayabo Archeological Monument, it is the oldest and most important pre-hispanic archeological site in the country. Turrialba is also known...

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Travel specialist Adriana Prado

Adriana Prado

I was born and raised in a mountainous region in the highlands of the Talamanca Mountain Range. This area is known for being the habitat of the most beautiful bird of the Americas, the Resplendent...

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Travel specialist Diego Rivera
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Diego Rivera

Hi, I'm Diego a Costa Rican travel expert with more than 13 years of experience. I consider myself a culture lover, a person who loves to listen to my travelers and I create the best experiences...

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Trip Reviews for Costa Rica

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Stress free adventures · Costa Rica - May 20 - May 28, 2022

Traveler: Tony Z. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

Brittany was amazing coordinating our trip in Costa Rica! When one tour accidentally picked us up a day early so we missed our planned tour - she was able to quickly rearrange our bookings. She recommended an upgrade to Tabacon Thermal Spa and that was such a relaxing and romantic start to our honeymoon. In Arenal the sloth tour was cool (saw 8 sloths!) the volcano hike was challenging yet beautiful and informative. The boat transfer across lake arenal was unique and felt very “local”.... read more

Brittany was amazing coordinating our trip in Costa Rica! When one tour accidentally picked us up a day early so we missed our planned tour - she was able to quickly rearrange our bookings. She recommended an upgrade to Tabacon Thermal Spa and that was such a relaxing and romantic start to our honeymoon. In Arenal the sloth tour was cool (saw 8 sloths!) the volcano hike was challenging yet beautiful and informative. The boat transfer across lake arenal was unique and felt very “local”. The car trip transfers are an adventure in & of themselves
The Don Juan coffee chocolate and sugar cane tour ended up an unexpected highlight. Zip lining was also a fun adrenaline rush to see the beauty of the canopy
Quepos was wonderful the staff from Tucanes was above and beyond! Our cooking class was just us so we really got involved and learned so much about the culture and people. They took time to really share their lives with us - we felt as though we were being welcomed to their home. The horseback ride was fun with a gorgeous waterfall and then we rounded our the trip with a day on the water including snorkeling and relaxing in the water.
We saw so many wildlife (due to the skill & knowledge of the staff) sloth, all 4 types of monkeys, birds, bats, crocodile, deer, frogs, tarantulas, iguana, morpho butterflies and coati & agouti!
We will definitely use Kim Kim again it made for stress-free coordination of the trip. It allowed for enough down time matched with adventure.

Hotel Review

Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

Fortuna

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Relaxing great to have thermal on site Known by everyone who’s been to CR

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We just arrived back from an amazing vacation... · Costa Rica - Jun 2 - Jun 10, 2022

Traveler: Amy W. - Local specialist: Yuliana Valverde

We just arrived back from an amazing vacation experience in Costa Rica. Yuliana planned the perfect trip for our family. We enjoyed the white-water rafting, amazing tours to see wildlife, zip-lining...really everything. The highest praise came from my husband who signed up with kimkim while we were in Costa Rica to travel to another destination! Thank you for the wonderful vacation!
Amy read more

We just arrived back from an amazing vacation experience in Costa Rica. Yuliana planned the perfect trip for our family. We enjoyed the white-water rafting, amazing tours to see wildlife, zip-lining...really everything. The highest praise came from my husband who signed up with kimkim while we were in Costa Rica to travel to another destination! Thank you for the wonderful vacation!
Amy

Hotel Review

Hotel Koora at Monteverde

Monteverde

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This hotel was perfect for our vacation to the cloud forest. The rooms were beautiful. We enjoyed being in the rainforest so much. The service and attention to detail was amazing. The food was some of the best we had in Costa Rica. Both my husband and my teenage son made sure they had the name of this hotel written down. Both apparently plan to return here specifically! :)

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The rooms were very comfortable
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Everyone knew our names
Authenticity & Character

Small, intimate experience
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One is in the cloud forest
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Yuliana Valverde, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Amy,

Thank you for your time to share this beautiful review with us.

I am very happy you have a great vacation in Costa Rica. For me was a pleasure to assist you.

I hope your husband and your son will visit Koora Hotel again. :-)

Will be more than glad to help with this new visit in the future.

Best,
Yuliana

Costa Rica the easy way! · Costa Rica - May 21 - May 29, 2022

Traveler: Todd K. - Local specialist: Brittany McNamara

My girlfriend and I work rather long days and by the time the night or weekends roll around, we don't want to be bothered with doing anything that requires effort. We made a few attempts at planning trips on our end (we both struggle to make decisions), kept going circles, months had passed, and finally we just decided to have someone else do all the work.

We found KimKim doing a quick google search, noticed that they wanted to ask you about what type of holiday you wanted, but then also... read more

My girlfriend and I work rather long days and by the time the night or weekends roll around, we don't want to be bothered with doing anything that requires effort. We made a few attempts at planning trips on our end (we both struggle to make decisions), kept going circles, months had passed, and finally we just decided to have someone else do all the work.

We found KimKim doing a quick google search, noticed that they wanted to ask you about what type of holiday you wanted, but then also had sample itineraries. We chose the first sample we saw for Costa Rica and was put in contact with Brittany. She reached out to us shortly after and was really responsive with any questions or concerns that we had.

She literally did everything for us including arranging our inbound transfer the day before our itinerary began and extending our stay one day beyond the planned itinerary.

I don't really remember any of the other guides names but I think Ride Costa Rica was the primary transportation provider that took us around. Each driver was punctual and chatty enough.

We would have missed quite a bit of the city of San Jose if we didn't choose to do the walking tour. The guy who took us around showed us several neighborhoods that we probably would not have found on our own.

All the hotels were nice. The hotel we chose in Arenal had individual hot tubs and a good restaurant on site. The hotel in Manuel Antonio had amazing views of the sea.

I can't really say I had a favorite place (each was as nice as the previous) but the ocean temperature was incredibly pleasant (I typically find most oceans to be too cold to swim in).

Overall, if you want someone else to do the legwork for you, consider booking with KimKim. We are already planning on booking another trip with them.

Thanks, Brittany!

Todd & Annie

Hotel Reviews

Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel & Spa - Adults Only

Manuel Antonio

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I mean the bartender will bring you drinks in the pool during happy hour where you can swim to the edge and look out to the sea. The room we had offered a large tub that easily accommodated two and had a stone wall that extended to the shower area. The balcony overlooked a stretch of trees before extending out to the sea. If you are lucky, you might see monkeys around the front of the property.

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Park Inn San Jose by Radisson

San José

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Great location near the park. Easy walking distance to museums. Tasty breakfast on offer at hotel.

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Casa Luna Hotel & Spa

La Fortuna

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Don't miss the individual hot tubs tucked behind the trees near the pool. Incredible!

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Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco

Monteverde Costa Rica

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Across the street from a shopping center and short walking distance to many of the local tourist attractions. Really nice restaurant on site. Beautiful angel trumpet trees on property.

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