When travelers dream up a visit to Central America, most of the time, Costa Rica is the first country on their mind. This is because, despite its small size, Costa Rica is home to variety of towns, climates, wildlife species and activities, both in the ocean and on land. The country is also home to cultural and historical attractions, luxury resorts, eco-minded hotels and surprisingly, cuisine from around the world. When planning your visit however, you'll not only want to take into account what to do and see, but when and where to visit. This nation is home to both a strong high and off season, as well as a few major holidays that affect hotel rates and room availability.
When looking into the climate differences around the country, you'll notice that the Pacific coast tends to be less humid than the Caribbean coast and that the interior of Costa Rica ranges from dry cattle and farming land to misty mountain jungles. For most, these differences offer the chance to experience a lot in one vacation while being able to truly customize your trip to your wants and needs. For example: If you're visiting the country for a week and would like to spend a few days in the mountains as well as a few days on the Pacific coast so that you can book a deep sea fishing excursion, you can easily do that by first flying into San Jose, then taking a private van (or domestic flight) to the coast for a few days before taking a private van to the Northern Costa Rican mountains and then heading back to San Jose for your flight back home. This is possible because Costa Rica is well versed when it comes to public and private transportation options.
A quick note: Sometimes confusing, what we would consider winter in the Northern Hemisphere is actually referred to as summer in Costa Rica and what we consider summer is referred to as winter. This means that in Costa Rica, January is a summer month and July is a winter month. This is particularly perplexing as Costa Rica itself is situated in the Northern Hemisphere. There doesn't seem to be much of an explanation as to why the seasons are opposite of each other aside from it being a geographical quirk.
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