What You Need to Know about This Summer’s Hottest Destination

by Guest on June 10, 2015

What You Need to Know about This Summer’s Hottest DestinationThis post is written by Charlotte Higgins

Costa Rica is not your average vacation spot – it’s much more. Located in Central America, Costa Rica has something for everyone in your family, whether its beaches for the laid-back travelers or rainforests for the adventurous explorers. And the best part is, there are a variety of vacation packages available to fit your budget and interests, so your Costa Rica family vacations don’t have to ‘costa’ lot.

Here are some of the things you’ll get to look forward to while your family is preparing for the trip of a lifetime in Costa Rica.

The Climate

With a geographic location slightly north of the Equator, Costa Rica’s average temperature fluctuates between 70 and 81 F. These temperatures can vary based on location and altitude, but Costa Rica generally enjoys a tropical climate year-round.

Costa Rica receives an average of 100 inches of rain per year, and the months of May through November are considered the country’s rainy season. If your vacation is scheduled during the rainy season and you’re not a fan of wet weather, don’t despair. Certain parts of Costa Rica, such as the northern Pacific Coast, receive less rain than anywhere else in the country. Known as the Gold Coast, this part of Costa Rica is renowned for it’s sunny days and balmy average temperatures of 79 F.

The Wildlife

Costa Rica’s climate makes it an ideal home for a wide variety of animals and plants. In fact, Costa Rica contains about four percent of the species estimated to live on the globe, hundreds of which are found only in Costa Rica. That’s quite a feat for a country the size of West Virginia!

Several species of amphibians, such as tree frogs with bright red eyes and giant toads that can grow up to six inches, live in Costa Rica. There are about 120 species of snakes, 20 of which are known to be venomous. Pay attention to where you are walking and keep a respectful distance if you see one. These animals are beautifully colored, and generally don’t care to interact with humans.

Mammals in Costa Rica range from monkeys to bats to wild cats. Anteaters are common in Costa Rica, but the giant anteater, a species that can grow to be over 7 feet tall and weigh up to 90 lbs. are endangered. The jaguar, Costa Rica’s largest wild cat, is also endangered.

The rainy season is the perfect time to witness Costa Rica’s thousands of species of butterflies and moths. While these winged creatures boast beautiful colors of their own, they also help pollinate the various species of flowers that live in Costa Rica, bringing even more vibrant hues to the rainforest.

The People

Costa Rica’s climate will make you feel like you’ve found paradise. Its wide range of animals and plants will be a feast for your eyes. But what will truly make your journey to Costa Rica special is the people you’ll meet while you’re there. The country’s founders valued peace and hospitality – they wanted to establish a colony intended for raising families and enjoying the land and the opportunities it offered. Costa Ricans share their ancestors’ joy of life and want to make sure visitors feel welcome during their stay. Expect to return home with remarkable memories and unforgettable friendships.

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