Costa Rica (Republic of Costa Rica) is a Central American country, with coastlines along the Caribbean Sea & the Pacific Ocean. Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, and Panama to the southeast, it is 51,060 square kilometers in size with over 5 million people calling the country, home. The Pacific Coast has a culture of Ticos, or Costa Ricans, with a very rugged landscape. The Caribbean Coast has a Jamaican-influenced African culture, with a more lush landscape like the Caribbean islands. I traveled along the Pacific Coast, and stayed in the Guanacaste area, just south of Tamarindo. Surfing, fishing, and zip-lining are very popular, along with visiting the volcanoes, hot springs, and exploring the rainforest.
Best Time to Visit & Climate The climate in Costa Rica is tropical year round, but still has seasons based on the amount of rainfall. Due to how close it is to the equator, Costa Rica really doesn't have a traditional summer or winter.
Dry Season: December to April is considered high season. Temperatures range from a high of 23-26°C (75-79°F), and a low of 13-17°C (57-63°F).
Rainy Season: May to November is considered low season. Temperatures range from a high of 23-26°C (75-78°F), and a low of 16-17°C (61-63°F).
I traveled to Costa Rica during mid-February, and I thought that was a great time to go! I never had rain, the temperature got pretty warm, but not too hot, and the crowds were pretty much non-existent.
Hacienda Pinilla "Villa Tranquila" I stayed in the beautiful private home "Villa Tranquila" that sat along the 18th hole on the ranch property of Hacienda Pinilla. This beautiful gated area of Guanacaste has 4,500 acres to explore, private villas, three beaches, private beach club, golf course, and access to J. W. Marriott Guanacaste. The views around the property were so subtle, yet beautiful. I also enjoyed the leisure of relaxing poolside at the Marriott, along with indulging at their restaurants.
Driving & Exploring Costa Rica I explored much of the North Pacific Coast by golf cart & ATV. I rented my golf cart through Golf Cart Rentals, and scheduled my ATV rental through Hacienda Pinilla.
North Pacific Coast Beaches Most of the beaches along the North Pacific Coast were very desolate with an arid, rugged atmosphere. The darker golden sand would be kissed by it's emerald green waters, like those at Playa Mansita, Playa Bonita, Playa Langosta, Playa Tamarindo, and Playa Robalo. Playa Avellanas, also called "Little Hawaii", was one of my favorite beaches. It was named one of the top ten beaches in Central America, and is an extremely popular place to go surfing. It still has emerald green waters, but the beach was covered in shells, not sand! The Beach Club was a beautiful place to relax, grab a bite to eat, and have a drink by the pool. Exploring a bit further north, I finally got to a few beaches that had blue water and white sand! Playa Flamingo, Playa Mina, and Playa Brasilito were very nice, and again, not crowded. Then, there is Playa Conchal which was my favorite beach. It is known as the "Most Beautiful & Exotic Beach along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica", and I'd have to say, from what I have explored here, I definitely agree. The thing about this beach that makes it stand out, not only is the water clear & blue, but the beach is covered in tiny shells!