About Costa Rica

Exploring The Guanacaste Region

Even the name “Costa Rica” sounds inviting. The English translation is “Rich Coast” and the name seems to capture the inner essence of this beautiful country. Although Costa Rica is a small country (slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia), it offers up a bounty of geographical features within its borders. From massive cascading tropical waterfalls to the beautiful cloud forest, Costa Rica certainly has more to offer travelers than just pristine beaches.

CLIMATE

Costa Rica is the epitome of a tropical country. In fact, it has only two seasons: the dry season (Dec-April) and the wet season (May-Nov). Lowland temperatures only slightly vary 10° F (5.6° C) with warmer temps occurring in the dry season. Altitude is also a factor in determining temperature. Since Costa Rica is a mountainous country, higher altitude areas yield cooler temperatures year-round.

SAFETY

Costa Rica has the most stable government in all of Latin America. Its crime rate is lower than any Scandinavian country. In fact, Costa Rica is so neutral that it doesn’t have an Army. The country’s unofficial motto is “Pura Vida” or The Pure Life and the saying is reflective of the peaceful mindset of its people.

ADVENTURE TRAVEL

For travelers that are looking for a little adventure in their vacation, look no further than Costa Rica. Costa Rica is one of the few countries in which you can surf world-class waves, cruise across expansive valleys on a zip line, cliff dive from a tropical waterfall and go mountain biking in the same trip! Other noteworthy activities including diving, hiking, river rafting and kayaking.

Playa Langosta which means "Lobster Beach" in English, is also considered part of Marino Las Baulas National Park. Located just south of Playa Tamarindo, Playa Langosta offers travelers the convenience of the Tamarindo area, but the peacefulness of a small beachside community comprised of excellent accommodation options ranging from luxury beachfront villas to tropical garden boutiques and dining options to match. At low tide, visiters can cross the small estuary and walk miles of National Park beach without a building in sight.

Langosta beach is superbly natural – both amazing and highly dynamic in its environment and wildlife part of an unforgettable national park. The beachfront is both sandy and rocky. The rocky bits are actually a volcanic rock formation, that protect the sand and jungle clearing behind it from the wave breaks. In fact, a underwater volcano is how the Costa Rica isthmus was formed in the first place.


Playa Tamarindo is a hotspot for families and surfers from all over North America and Europe. With it’s beautiful golden sands beach stretching for 1.5 miles, it also makes an amazing location for a Costa Rica beach wedding. To the north, one will find a large estuary where advanced surfers can be found surfing the sand bar whenever a good swell arrives. Just south of the estuary is the main surf break where waves roll in rather gently over sand. This area is renowned as the perfect learner break. On any given day, tourists anxious to catch their first wave can be seen practicing their moves in the white water. The south end of the beach is home to several boutique hotels, calmer waters and less foot traffic. The south end of Playa Tamarindo is where you will find most beach weddings. Within walking distance, at Langosta Point you'll see can find the pacific sunsets that Costa Rica is famous for.
Located just north across the estuary from Playa Tamarindo is Playa Grande. This pristine beach is part of Marino Las Baulas National Park. The beach itself is an active nesting ground for the Olive Ridley sea turtle. As the name implies, Playa Grande is a rather large beach as it encompasses over 5 miles of virgin coastline. This Guanacaste beach attracts advanced surfers as well as laid back travelers looking to experience Costa Rica at it’s most pristine.