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15 THINGS TO DO IN COSTA RICA (MARCH 04 - MARCH 13)

Poas Volcano

Poas Volcano

January–April • nature

Arenal may be the most visited volcano, but Poas is definitely the most spectacular!

Resplendent Quetzal

Resplendent Quetzal

November–April • nature

Used to be called "precious" by Aztecs, resplendent quetzal is considered to be the most beautiful bird on Earth

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–April | August–November • nature

Coasta Rica is one of the greatest places to watch wales

Cashew

Cashew

December–May • food

Cashew nut is topped by paprika-like pseudo fruit and has to be roasted before consumption

Irazu Volcano

Irazu Volcano

March–April • nature

The highest active volcano in Costa Rica

Leatherback Turtles on the North Caribbean

Leatherback Turtles on the North Caribbean

March–July • nature

Watching turtles is one of the best activities in Costa Rica, especially the largest species

Tamarind Fruit

Tamarind Fruit

December–March • food

A huge tree that gives plenty of shade and healthy fruits once in six years

Fishing in Quepos

Fishing in Quepos

December–April • activity

Prime time for anglers to experience tropical water fishing

Mango Season

Mango Season

March–April • food

There are few people who do not like mango, especially in Costa Rica—the mango kingdom

Surfing

Surfing

May–November (Pacific), December–April (Caribbean) • activity

In Costa Rica you will find some of the best waves on the planet

Leatherback Turtles on the Pacific

Leatherback Turtles on the Pacific

September–March • nature

Costa Rica is full of spots to watch turtles during their nesting period

Eating Iguanas

Eating Iguanas

March–April • food

What can be more bizarre than the ancient traditions? Only the ancient traditional cuisine choices

Papaya

Papaya

December–April • food

One of the largest fruits in Costa Rica

Sapodilla Season

Sapodilla Season

February–May • food

With a thin gray rind and oval in shape, ​this most-liked fruit is larger than a baseball!

Star Apple or Caimito

Star Apple or Caimito

February–April • food

Sweet and healthy orange-sized fruit

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Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

September–October • nature

Arenal is Costa Rica's most well-known volcano

Coffee Harvest

Coffee Harvest

October–February • food

Costa Rica offers some of the best coffee beans in the world

Envision Festival

Envision Festival

February 28–March 03, 2019 • event

An annual gathering to promote sustainable development and raise the sense of community

Rafting

Rafting

May–November • activity

Discover why Costa Rica is a prime rafting destination

Olive Ridley Turtles

Olive Ridley Turtles

August–November • nature

Arribada nesting strategy is fun to watch!

La Ruta de Los​ Conquistadores

La Ruta de Los​ Conquistadores

November 01–03, 2018 • event

One of the most difficult mountain bike races in the world

Festival of the Diablitos

Festival of the Diablitos

December 30–January 02 • event

One of the most authentic festivals, it's dedicated to the victory of Boruca tribe over Spanish invadors​

Chirripó Race or Carrera Chirripó

Chirripó Race or Carrera Chirripó

February 23, 2019 • event

Run up the country's highest peak at the annual International Chirripó Race in San Gerardo

El Tope Nacional

El Tope Nacional

December 26 • event

The biggest horse parade in the country takes place San José with fun activities and traditional attractions

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

August–October • nature

Plenty of birds all year round could be watched in Costa Rica, however, ​bird migrations are the real highlight

Hawksbill Turtles

Hawksbill Turtles

July–October • nature

These turtles have a peculiar pattern and beak, and are critically endangered

Fiestas Civicas Liberia

Fiestas Civicas Liberia

February 23–March 04, 2018 • event

A rodeo-like event full of adrenaline and danger

Easter and Holy Week (Semana Santa)

Easter and Holy Week (Semana Santa)

April 15–21, 2019 • event

The week before Easter is of a huge importance and has plenty of interesting traditions to observe in Costa Rica

Green Turtles

Green Turtles

June–October • nature

One of the most famous and beautiful species that is also regarded endangered

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos

November 02 • event

Colourful day of the dead commemorates the deceased

Limón Carnival

Limón Carnival

mid-October • event

Taking place in the port city of Limon, the carnival celebrates nice weather and joy of life

Mamoncillo

Mamoncillo

June–August • food

Also known as Spanish lime, this round fruit is good for juice and a healthy snack.

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit

June–November • food

This fruit growing on a cactus can be found on trees or rocky terrains

Guanacaste Day

Guanacaste Day

July 25 • event

The celebration of Guanacaste’s annexation to Costa Rica

Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar

Fiesta de La Virgen del Mar

July 13, 2019 • event

On this day fishing boats and yachts are decorated colourfully in Puntarenas

Mammee Apple

Mammee Apple

May–August • food

An evergreen tree that can grow up to 25 meters gives a large and round fruit

Palmares Festival

Palmares Festival

January 09–21, 2019 • event

One of the biggest festivals in Costa Rica, it includes two weeks of endless fun

Orchids

Orchids

May • nature

The symbol of Costa​ Rica, this flower is famous for its beauty and colourful charm. Orchid is the country's pride

Independence Day

Independence Day

September 15 • event

Widely celebrated, the Independence Day is a central national holiday

Parrita Mule Festival

Parrita Mule Festival

January–February (TBA) 2019 • event

Festival Nacional de las Mulas is now one of the biggest in Costa Rica

Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz

Fiestas Típicas Nacionales Santa Cruz

January 14–20, 2019 • event

The festival with lots of dancing and music that also honours the Black Christ of Esquipulas

Sapote

Sapote

June • food

The large fruit with sweet taste

Mandarin Orange

Mandarin Orange

November–December • food

Similar to orange, but smaller, very juicy and sweet

Passion Fruit or Maracuya

Passion Fruit or Maracuya

October–February • food

Sweet fruit is healthy and gives tasty juice

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

January–February • food

Similar to melon, this fruit has hard beige skin, and sweet yellowish flesh

Reto Jacó Extremo

Reto Jacó Extremo

March 16, 2019 • event

The Jaco Extreme Challenge is a run of 10k through the tough area