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Costa Rica All Inclusive Deals

Updated on May 16, 2013

The Most Beautiful Time Of Year

What is the least expensive time to visit Costa Rica?

Summer is usually considered "high season" for travel which means prices are sky high for almost all vacation packages when the kids are out of school. But did you know that summer is the least expensive time to visit Costa Rica?

In Costa Rica, the summer months are called "green season". Many parts of Costa Rica have two very distinct seasons, rainy season and dry season. May is the beginning of rainy or "green season" which lasts until October. Depending on which part of the country you are visiting and which month you decide to visit, "green season" is one of the best seasons here in Costa Rica.

I am a travel agent here in Costa Rica and I live in the Guanacaste region on the northern Pacific coast in a small beach town, Playa Potrero. This is the region where we see 6 months of rain and we also have to endure 6 months with absolutely no rain! During dry season, it gets very hot and all the beautiful jungle foliage dries up, dies and in some circumstances spontaneously starts on fire! Everything is dry, dusty and it is hot. Sometimes, we even have to deal with water shortages which means we are all very conscious about our water usage, especially during the dry season.

I consider this is a small price to pay to live in Paradise and for those of us who live here, when the rains begin - it is a time of celebration! An afternoon rain shower is just the thing to make the air fresh and cool. The rivers begin to flow again, the fish start biting and the trees and fields begin turning green. Everything comes back to life.

Rainy season is typically light during the summer months of May, June and July. The rain starts to get heavier and more frequent during the months of August and September. The grand finale happens in October, which is a month of constant and torrential downpours. I would not advise a visit to Costa Rica during the month of October - at all!

However, the summer months of May, June and July are absolutely perfect. This combined with the fact that most tourists aren't aware of how perfect rainy season is can mean lower prices for the travelers that have the inside scoop. That would be you!

Costa Rica Sunset

Costa Rica All Inclusive Deals

Costa Rica offers so many options when it comes to lodging. Small boutique hotels, hostels for those on a budget as well as vacation homes.

One of the most popular ways to experience Costa Rica during the "green season" is with an all inclusive resort. Most people visiting the country for the first time enjoy the comfort of an all inclusive resort where they can check in once and stay the entire length of their trip and have all their needs taken care of.

Most of the all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica are located in the Guanacaste region on the Pacific coast and there are a wide variety of options if you are looking for a Costa Rica all inclusive deal this summer.

RIU Guanacaste, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Barcelo Langosta Beach and Hilton Papagayo are just a few that come to mind.

All of these resorts are located on one of the beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica is known for many thing and one of them is it's sunsets, which I have to admit are absolutely breath taking. The beaches can vary from white sand to a dark volcanic grey sand. The waters of the Pacific Ocean are always warm and inviting visitors for a swim or surf. The beaches here are almost never crowded and it's waters and shores are full of wildlife.

Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family looking for an adventure, a group of girlfriends looking to relax at a spa or a group of guys looking for world class golf or sport fishing - Costa Rica has something for everyone.

Booking a Costa Rica all inclusive gets you more bang for your buck because everything is included in one affordable price. Food, beverages, activities, tours, airport transfers - everything! Knowing everything is paid for before your vacation begins means you won't even need to carry your wallet. That's relaxing, don't you think?

Most of these resorts are almost empty during "green season" which means they are motivated to lower their rates to encourage people to visit. If you love Costa Rica or if you've never had the chance to visit, the summer months may be the perfect time to plan a trip.

Hilton Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica

Included Tours

One of the best parts of our Costa Rica all inclusive deals are the included tours. Although the beaches of Costa Rica are a great place to relax, the country is full of activities and adventures to be had!

Zip Lines: One of the most popular things to do while visiting Costa Rica is a canopy tour which is also known as zip-lining. Originally introduced in Costa Rica in the 1970s, canopy tours are not only an adrenaline boost - they also educate their riders on local ecology and botany as well as giving each participant a unique encounter with Costa Rica's wildlife.

Volcanoes: Costa Rica is home to 6 active volcanoes as well as 61 dormant ones. The most popular of Costa Rica's volcanoes is Volcano Arenal which entered a resting period in 2010 but is still the most visited volcano in the country. The Arenal region is known for it's thermal spas which are all natural "jacuzzi's" created by the heat of the volcano. Enjoy a hike through the rainforest and travel the trails around the volcano and then spend a relaxing afternoon soaking in the rejuvenating mineral all natural hot springs.

Rincon de la Vieja is another one of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes. Take a hike through the park and experience the energy that this giant has to offer with it's bubbling water lagoons and sulphur ponds. The park is also home to more then 300 different birds as well as many other species unique to Costa Rica like kinkajous, tapits and sloths.

Cloud Forest: Spend the day exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest with it's majestic tall trees covered in orchids, ferns, vines and mosses. Experience different levels of the canopy on the Sky Walk hanging suspension bridges which take you 984 feet up above the forest. This tour also includes a visit to the Monteverde Butterfly Farm, one of the area's most visited attractions.

There are so many ways to experience Costa Rica and each package can be custom designed with the tours that you are looking for. Deep sea fishing, surfing trips to Ollie's Point and Witches Rock, snorkeling, diving, ATV tours or even full day trips to one of Costa Rica's many waterfalls, such as Rio Celeste.

Pura Vida!

Costa Rica Tours

Rio Celeste Waterfall
Rio Celeste Waterfall | Source
ATV Tours
ATV Tours | Source
Surfing
Surfing | Source

All About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia and is home to approximately 4.13 million people.

Costa Rica is one of the oldest democratic nations and it is a very peaceful country that has no army. It was abolished in 1949.

Costa Rica is a Spanish speaking country although many of it's residents also speak English.

The capital of Costa Rica is San Jose. There are approximately 2.1 million people living in and around the country's largest city.

Costa Rica has been named the "happiest country in the world" two years in a row by the Happy Planet Index. It's people are open, warm and very welcoming to anyone who visits their beautiful country.

Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000 different species and represents nearly 4% of the total species estimated worldwide, making Costa Rica a country with one of the highest biodiversity in the world.

Roughly 20% of Costa Rica is made up of 34 different National Parks and Reserves, making Costa Rica a great destination for nature lovers.

"Pura Vida" is the national motto of Costa Rica. Translated to English it means - pure life or full of life. This is not just a catchy phrase in Costa Rica, it is an all encompassing way of life that makes Costa Rica one of the most special places on Earth.

The national currency in Costa Rica is the colon although American Dollars are also widely accepted. The current exchange rate is approximately 500 colones per American dollar.

A passport is required to visit Costa Rica and your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond dates of travel. US tourists are given up to a 90 day Visa when visiting the country.

Experience Pura Vida In Costa Rica!

20 Reasons To Visit Costa Rica

I've complied a list of 20 reasons to visit Costa Rica. Can you think of any others?

  1. The people - Costa Ricans, affectionately known as Ticos (men) or Ticas (women) are happy, open and friendly people.
  2. Waves - Costa Rica is known as the "Hawaii" of Central America has some of the best surfing. Take a trip to Witches Rock and Ollie's Point or visit Pavones, which has one of the longest lefts in all of the world.
  3. Coffee - Coffee is one of the most important parts of the country's economy and Costa Rica has some of the best coffee in the world.
  4. Sloths - Sloths are the slowest animal in the world and can be found all throughout the country. The Sloth Sanctuary in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast is a recommended tour, taking you through the magnificent wold of the sloths.
  5. Monkeys - There is nothing like being woken up by a pack of howler monkeys in the middle of the jungle in Costa Rica!
  6. Volcanoes
  7. Beaches
  8. Waterfalls
  9. Salsa Lizano - Salsa Lizano is the national sauce of Costa Rica. It's a unique flavor all it's own but I know many travelers who pack their suitcases full of it to bring back home.
  10. The wildlife
  11. Two oceans (Pacific and Atlantic) and two distinct coasts.
  12. Daily direct flights coming from the US and Canada.
  13. Rejuvenating Hot Springs
  14. Golf
  15. Sport Fishing
  16. Turtle Nesting - On a stretch of sand along the beach of Ostinal, Costa Rica is the scene for one of nature most spectacular wonders. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of sea turtles come to one specific mile of shore to lay their eggs in the black volcanic sand. Truly an amazing event to witness!
  17. Adventure! Zip lining, hiking, white water rafting, horseback riding, kayaking, wake boarding, mountain biking, surfing, stand up paddle, rappelling down waterfalls, kite surfing, paragliding, scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching...the options for adventure in Costa Rica never end!
  18. All Inclusive resorts and spas.
  19. Sunsets and reconnecting with nature.
  20. Yoga and wellness retreats.

Arribada in Ostional, Costa Rica

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      Virginia Kearney 

      3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this terrific article. I'm planning our family vacation this summer to Costa Rica and have been looking for just this sort of overview.

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