One of the first things that people type into Google when looking for vacation spots is: “What’s Costa Rica like?”. While this can be a tough one to answer as our country is so diverse we can try and give it a shot.
The simple answer is “Pura Vida”, a term that any Tico or traveller to Costa Rica is very familiar with. Literally translated it means “Pure Life” and can be used in many different cases. People will often ask how someone is doing with a response of “Pura vida”. The pure life is probably one reason that Costa Rica consistently ranks as one of the happiest places in the world.
Staff members at Arenas Del Mar showing their Costa Rica pride.
The Rich Coast
Another answer could be found in our name “Costa Rica” or the “Rich Coast”. Originally the rich coast is how our country was described when explorers found huge amounts of gold here in the 1500s. However gold is only one thing that we’re rich in. Our rainforests are abundant, our parks are ever expanding, our oceans are full of life, our people have deep and interesting culture, and our food is delicious! When you ask what’s Costa Rica like, you could just say… it’s rich!
The rich coast
Costa Rican Weather
One of the first things that travellers will notice is the weather, it’s perfect. We have two seasons, the green season with a short stretch of rain everyday and the dry season where it can go months without rain. They are both beautiful times of year for different reasons.
In the green season the vegetation springs to life and the entire country is covered in a deep green shade. You really notice this from the air as you’re flying into the country.
Enjoying the dry season
The dry season is nice because it’s so consistent. You know exactly what the weather will be like everyday and planning what to pack for your trip is a breeze!
Our little country is blessed with fantastic farming land and the perfect weather to grow food. The abundance of local fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats ensures that your meals will be fresh and flavourful. Our restaurant at Arenas Del Mar is actually the top rated restaurant in all of Manuel Antonio! We also boast a large gluten free menu for guests will gluten intolerance or celiac disease.
Fresh ingredients for making a traditional gallo pinto
So…. what’s it like in Costa Rica? It’s amazing!