Advertorial • December 2015
Bountiful natural wonders, rich cultural attractions and some of the most hospitable temperatures around make Costa Rica the ideal escape all year round.
Already tired of the winter weather and planning your next adventure? The weather in Costa Rica is pleasant for much of the year, with average temperatures between 21C (70F) and 26C (79F). Fancy a dip? The water temperature on both of its coasts is a reliable 29C (84F).
Considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Costa Rica is home to 28 national parks, eight biological reserves and a series of beautiful protected areas. Photographers will enjoy capturing the country’s magnificent volcanoes, rainforests and jungle landscapes, while animal lovers should keep their eyes peeled for Capuchin monkeys, toucans and sloths.
Gliding through the sky is an exhilarating way to appreciate Costa Rica’s spectacular natural beauty – and with more than 120 forest canopies and more zip-line tours per square foot than any other nation, Costa Rica is the perfect place to experience this particular thrill. If you’re more comfortable on the ground, there are plenty of trekking and mountain biking opportunities – from cycling around the Irazú and Poás volcanoes, to exploring the soaring mountains of Talamanca.
Costa Rica’s coasts are said to be blessed by Mother Nature, as their waters remain warm throughout the year. Diving or snorkelling trips are a great way to have a close encounter with sea turtles and giant schools of fish, while a boat or kayak trip will help you to appreciate the striking coastline. For those who want to make their heart race, white-water rafting, banana boat rides, parasailing and jet ski tours are all available.
As the country’s capital, San José is the cultural and social epicentre of Costa Rica. Soak up some drama at the neoclassic National Theatre, or see the world a little differently at the Gold Museum, which showcases Pre-Columbian and Costa Rican art. Families with children can go back in time at the interactive and educational National Museum and Children’s Museum.
Want a recommendation for somewhere to eat or shop? Ask a Costa Rican. Many ticos (as they call themselves) are fluent in English, and are happy to share their knowledge with travellers. You’ll find Costa Rican culture is a reflection of its ethnic diversity, with European-influenced architecture and language sitting happily alongside indigenous foods and craftsmanship.
For more information, see visitcostarica.com
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