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As with many Central American countries, fresh fruit and vegetables are a significant element of Costa Rican cuisine. One of the country’s main exports is bananas, which are also an important ingredient of many dishes and the Alajuela region in particular is an important centre for mango cultivation. The staples of rice, black beans and corn combine to create many Cost Rican favourites, including the national dish of ‘Gallo Pinto’.
Families are discovering that Costa Rica is a great place to explore tropical nature and discover amazing wildlife, with a full range of activites for everyone. Travel in Costa Rica will bring out the Pura Vida in you!
Costa Rica is an ecological treasure trove whose wide range of habitats - ranging from rainforests and beaches to volcanoes and mangrove swamps - support a fascinating variety of wildlife.
In Central America the dry season is from December to April with a wetter season from May to November, peaking in September. During the wetter months mornings are generally bright and sunny, with rain in the afternoon and evening.Back to top