Costa Rica Vacations

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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As you look south to plan your two or three weeks off, think seriously about Costa Rica vacations. Whether your time is in February or August is almost immaterial. The first is the dry season, the high season, when the humidity is low. The second will be humid, with thunderstorms and rain many of the afternoons and evenings. The most spectacular sunsets of Costa Rica vacations come in the wet season.

If you're on the west coast of Costa Rica, it's hard to go wrong. Temperatures range from 80° Fahrenheit to 100° Fahrenheit all year. You're near the equator, of course. Water sports--scuba diving, surfing, white water rafting, kayaking--are year-round offerings. Whether you ride on horseback along the beach or snorkel over Pacific reefs, you will lose yourself in this jewel of Central America.

FAQ on Costa Rica Vacations

As far as getting there is concerned, if you're planning your own Costa Rica vacations, you've probably opted already for the air option. This will take you into either of Costa Rica's two international airports--San Jose or Liberia. Numerous car rental agencies have locations at the airports. Expect to pay in the range of $150 to $450 a week. If your stay is less than 90 days, you probably don't need a visa. If you do need one, the cost is about $25-$25. Health risks include dengue fever, malaria, cholera (low risk), and hepatits.

Spanish, of course, is the national language. Measures are metric and electricity is 120V, 60Hz. The country very nearly closes down during Easter week. The last week of December is little different. Columbus Day, October 12, is celebrated here as it is elsewhere in the Americas.

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