Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The country is known for its stunning natural beauty, including lush rainforests, volcanoes and beautiful beaches. It is home to an incredibly diverse range of wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, toucans and jaguars.
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination, known for its eco-tourism opportunities and adventure activities such as zip-lining, surfing and white-water rafting. The country is also known for its commitment to conservation and sustainability, with around 25% of its land protected as national parks and reserves.
What To Expect
Costa Rica is a popular scuba diving destination with a diverse range of marine life and ecosystems to explore. The country is located in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, offering different types of dives depending on which coast you visit.
The Pacific side is known for its large schools of fish, sharks and rays, as well as its impressive rock formations and coral reefs. The Caribbean side, on the other hand, is home to a variety of colorful coral and sponge species, as well as sea turtles and dolphins.
You might see:
- White tip reef sharks
- Manta rays
- Humpback whales
- Sea turtles
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Night & limited visibility
- Perfect buoyancy
- Fish identification
Costa Rica is home to the world-famous Cocos Island. This is a bucket list dive destination for many because of the schooling hammerheads and other large pelagic species that can be found here. Cocos Island National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is the only island in the tropical eastern Pacific with a tropical rainforest. The underwater world is the main attraction and is also protected because it is home to a variety of species, many of which are endangered or threatened. Read more about Cocos Island here.
The phrase “Pura Vida” which means pure life, is a defining motto of Costa Rican culture. It’s used to express a positive and optimistic outlook on life. Costa Rican’s are laid-back, friendly happy people with their official language being Spanish. The country is extremely biodiverse with beaches, dense jungles and abundant waters all full of exotic wildlife. There are numerous national parks, wildlife refuges, biological reserves, climatic zones, volcanoes and waterfalls. Costa Rica truly has something for everyone.
Montverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is a protected area that is one of the most popular and well-known cloud forest reserves in the world. It is home to an incredible array of plant and animal species. The reserve is known for its dense mist and cloud cover, which provides a unique ecosystem for a variety of plant and animal species. Visitors to the reserve can explore a variety of trails and hiking paths that wind through the forest, offering stunning views of the lush greenery and incredible wildlife.
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned Costa Rican wildlife. The sanctuary is home to a variety of animal species, including monkeys, sloths, toucans, macaws and several species of reptiles and amphibians. Visitors can take guided tours of the facility and learn about the work being done to rehabilitate and release these animals back into the wild.
Costa Rica is known for its incredible surfing opportunities, with a variety of beaches and breaks. The country’s unique geography, warm waters and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for both beginners and experienced surfers. There are numerous beaches and areas for surfers, with one popular one being Playa Grande. Playa Grande has great waves and is also home to one of the largest nesting sites for leatherback turtles in the world.
What prior travelers say
“I highly recommend a trip with Diventures. Customer service is excellent and the trip I experienced was very well planned.”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
Same as the US.
Must be valid 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
The Costa Rican Colon (CRC), USD and credit cards are widely accepted.
The average temperature is 80°-90°F on the coasts and 75°-80°F in the countryside.
Spanish is the official language.
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