Costa Rica: Your Ultimate Guide

Everything you need to know to plan your perfect trip to Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a Central American country of unparalleled beauty and is home to almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity. From its stunning rainforests and beaches to its active volcanoes and vibrant culture, Costa Rica is a truly magical place.

Whether you're looking for an adventurous vacation of hiking, zip-lining, and surfing, or a relaxing getaway where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle, you’ll find just what you need right here!

This website is your one-stop shop for all things Costa Rica. Here, you'll find everything you need to plan your perfect trip, including:

Comprehensive guides to all of Costa Rica's top destinations, such as national parks, beaches, volcanoes, and towns, advice on travel and transportation, suggested activities and local insights.

Start Planning Your Trip

Planning your Costa Rican trip is simple


First, start with your travel dates and a flexible itinerary as the country offers beaches, rainforests, and wildlife. Then set a budget and book your flight, accommodation, transport, and national park entries online. You can select tours and activities for each of your destinations and book one of the myriad of options from horseback riding to hot springs with a trusted provider on arrival. Rent a car for the freedom to explore at your pace and get away from the crowds. Bring USD and either change some in the bank or draw local colones out of the ATM for local stores and smaller businesses. Learning basic Spanish phrases before starting your vacay can enhance your experience and help you to enjoy the 'Pura Vida' spirit at the heart of Costa Rica's charm.

La Fortuna

Enjoy diverse activities from hiking, horseback riding and ziplining to SUP in the shadow of Costa Rica’s most iconic volcano then indulge in thermally heated hot springs.

San Jose

If you’re landing in SJO, take time to enjoy the museums, art galleries and parks in the bustling modern city which also has a growing coffee shop and gourmet dining culture.

Puerto Viejo

Head to the Caribbean Coast to relax on near-deserted beaches, enjoy the Jamaican influenced cuisine and dance the night away to mellow reggae tunes.

Tips and Advice

Best Things to do

Explore the wonders of Costa Rica! Dive into diverse microclimates teeming with wildlife and relax in nature with our handpicked tours. From thrilling adventures to serene beach breaks and rejuvenating wellness retreats, your perfect getaway awaits.

Transportation

Hit the road with Vamos Rent -A-Car and explore Costa Rica on your terms! Skip the bus lines and group schedules—pick up your rental and chase the adventures at your own pace, whether it's top sights or hidden treasures. Short on time? Fly between spots and we'll meet you with your car. Choose freedom and convenience for your trip.

Travel Requirements

Ensure your passport and documents are current before your trip. Tourists can stay in Costa Rica for 180 days, but your driver’s license is valid for just 90 days—for longer stays, a border exit and reentry are required to refresh driving permissions. Consult your country's travel advice for necessary vaccines and health precautions like insect repellent.

Traveling with Children

Costa Rica's welcoming culture makes it perfect for family trips. Kids can learn about wildlife and conservation firsthand, and with safe, warm beaches, your family can soak up the sun in peace. Teens will enjoy the thrill of activities like whitewater rafting and ziplining, creating unforgettable family memories.

Explore our guides to get all the information you need for your Costa Rican Vacation

Planning a trip to Costa Rica can be an exciting yet daunting task, especially when it comes to choosing the best places to visit, figuring out transportation, and deciding on accommodation and dining options. Vamos Rent-A-Car simplifies this process, ensuring you have a seamless travel experience from start to finish by providing detailed insights on all you need to know to make informed decisions and create the trip of a lifetime. As a local company staffed by people who love to travel around Costa Rica, we’re happy to share our favorite places and help guests to our country make the most of their stay.

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