Once a hidden paradise known only to backpackers and biologists, today people book flights to Costa Rica to be in one of the hottest destinations in Latin America. Thanks to the millions of tourists who book flights to Costa Rica every year, tourism has become the primary source of income for this country, but that doesn’t mean the country has turned touristy. 

Costa Rica is still the land of the undiscovered. There are miles of immaculate beaches, rivers for rafting and kayaking, and world-renowned rainforests. Despite the sudden rise in tourism, Costa Rica remains a destination full of ecosystems and natural world wonders. Travelers booking flights to Costa Rica will witness everything from monkeys swinging through the jungle to toucans perched atop trees, to mountainous volcanoes and mile-long beaches. Regardless of one’s reasons for booking a flight to Costa Rica, the trip will be a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Costa Rica climate

Costa Rica is a tropical country with little variation in temperature throughout the year. You will encounter a lot of rain if you visit between May and November, the significantly rainy season. The coastal temperatures are hotter at an average of 89 F, but sea breezes make it much more comfortable. The highland areas are cool at night and warm during the day.

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Passport and Visa Information

A valid passport is needed, but you do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

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Entry requirements

American citizens need a valid passport, but do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days.

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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