Costa Rica is a truly magical place. From the lush green rain forests to the tropical beaches and every place in between, it is a country filled with beauty and wildlife everywhere you look. I visited in January which is the very start of their “summer”. Costa Rica has 2 seasons, wet & dry: May through December is considered their “winter” which is rainier and January through April is their summer or dry season, however, I can’t imagine there ever being a bad time to visit Costa Rica. I got to spend 14 days in the country and stayed in 3 different cities.
Here is my itinerary:
La Fortuna: 5 Days
Tamarindo: 8 days
San Jose: 1 night
La Fortuna is located just 4 km from Arenal Volcano and is in the thick of the rainforest. While I was there, I visited the natural hot springs created by the volcano, did a canopy tour of the rainforest (which was definitely the highlight of the trip) and went of several different hikes to ‘Las Cataratas’ or waterfalls. They also have amazing zip line tours which I was too scared to go on at the time but I managed to overcome my fear of zip lining somewhere in the Dominican Republic.
Tamarindo is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. I stayed at the Hotel Tamarindo Diriá which happens to be a big time surf spot, so my sister and I were sure to take a few surf lessons with the local surfers. Tamarindo is filled with excellent restaurants that are also super reasonably priced! We went on an amazing water boat safari where we cruised through miles of mangroves and saw all types of wildlife such as crocodiles, egrets and other rare birds and my favorite: Howler Monkeys, which are everywhere and can be heard up to 3 miles away!
Another must do activity in Tamarindo is a boat day to all the hot snorkeling spots. The water is such a beautiful baby blue and filled with bright colorful fish. Now that Southwest is flying direct from LAX to the Liberia Airport in Costa Rica which is MUCH closer to the beach than San Josè, I will definitely be back soon & often 🙂
Happy Traveling 🙂