North of Panama and south of Nicaragua is tropical Costa Rica, a country of surprising beauty and a somewhat notable peaceful history compared to its undemocratic neighbors.
Before planning a visit, be aware that entry conditions may vary depending on your country of origin. You will not need to be vaccinated against diseases such as malaria before visiting the country, but other things such as passports and visas for certain travelers are required. Others will only need a passport-like that of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
The maximum stay is 90 consecutive days, however, extensions can be added with the help of immigration or a travel agency.
Tourism in Costa Rica
From hot air ballooning to whitewater rafting, to all the exciting activities you could think of between them, Costa Rica has something to offer everyone. For starters, the country is home to an incredible variety of rainforests as well as hundreds of scenic waterfalls, lakes, meandering rivers, and mangrove swamps.
There are 112 volcanic craters in Costa Rica with seven active volcanoes in addition to coral reefs to explore and an incredible number of different species of animals, birds, and insects. Some of the wildlife you can expect to see in Costa Rica include 208 species of mammals, 220 species of reptiles, 160 species of amphibians, 850 species of birds, and 1000 species of butterflies.
It is also home to 9,000 plant species, including more than a thousand different types of exquisite orchids.
Play golf in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a golfers’ paradise as the tropical country is fast becoming a popular place to reach links. Some of the best courses you’ll find include those at the Melia Conchal Golf Club at Melia Playa Conchal Beach, a golf complex that offers magnificent views, rolling greenery and plenty of sparkling water nearby.
Close to the San Jose International Airport and Juan Santamaría is the Parque Valle del Sol, a very exciting design route full of lakes and other dangers that golfers can get around. Another fun and challenging stadium at Rancho Las Colinas and Country Club is sure to visit Cariari Country Club in San Jose, a golf course that has hosted PGA (American Professional Golf Association) events.
Browse in Costa Rica
The country has some of the best surf spots across the Pacific, but especially near the north and south borders and outside the country’s central beaches. South of Jaco is Playa Hermosa, the place to go if you’re looking for big bulges, but if nothing exciting is going on here, a short drive back and forth will bring a bunch of big waves.
While the Atlantic part suffered some damage thanks to the strong storms and floods in the region, the Salsa Brava of Puerto Viejo experienced a legendary breakdown in January and February in particular.
Other activities that you may be interested in visiting in Costa Rica include snorkeling, diving, canoeing, biking, hiking, backpacking, bird watching, fishing, and swimming.