Visit Costa Rica
Best Time To Go
High season is December through April, with reliable sunshine but larger crowds and prices to match. The rest of the year is green season, with better deals and regular rain showers. October is the wettest month, so avoid traveling then if you want to maximize your beach time.
Costa Rica’s bus system may be a challenge to navigate in San José, but once you’ve paid the cheap fare (starting at $1 within a city, $10 for cross-country trips) and boarded, transportation is a breeze. For those with bigger budgets, Interbus and Grayline run shuttles between top destinations starting at $40, and Sansa and Nature Air offer quick domestic flights starting at approximately $60.
Costa Rica has a tropical climate, with a wet and a dry season each year on the Pacific side, and occasional showers throughout the year on the Caribbean side. Note that the Caribbean is often gorgeous in October, while this is the dreariest month on the Pacific side and in the Central Valley. Costa Rica’s weather varies wildly depending on which side of the country you’re visiting.
Know Before You Go
Costa Rica isn’t as cheap as it used to be, and you will get hit with a 13 percent tax at every hotel and restaurant (in addition to a 10 percent service charge at every restaurant). Tipping is uncommon in restaurants, but it is customary to round up to the nearest 100 colones for the taxi driver and to offer a tour guide a few extra bucks.
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