Costa Rica is a small country. It has over 500,000 plant and animal species. Costa Rica is one of the planets most biologically dense countries. According to Costa Rica’s National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), the biodiversity in Costa Rica represents close to 4% of the total species on Earth.
There are a few things very important to know about Costa Rica if you want to visit:
It rains year round in Costa Rica, and visitors should be sure to bring a light rain jacket. December through April are generally considered the dry season, and the rainy (or green) season starts in May. The busiest travel times in Costa Rica are during Christmas and New Years, as well as the week leading up to Easter Sunday, which is known as Semana Santa. For these weeks, hotels are often fully booked well in advance.
Costa Rica’s unit of currency is the colon, which hovers between 530 – 540 colones/ $1 USD. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, provided the bill is not too large ($50 and $100 bills are rarely accepted) and in good condition. Hotels and tours generally list their prices in dollars.