The Esplanade team is excited to share that as of November 1stCosta Rica will welcome all travelers from the United States (currently, there are restrictions for certain states). Diverse biospheres, warm beaches, friendly people, and a short plane ride all add to Costa Rica’s appeal, making it an ideal getaway this cold winter season.

All travelers must take a RT-PCR diagnostic test within 72 hours of travel with a negative resultfill out an electronic epidemiological health pass, and have purchased travel insurance. Don’t let these requirements stop you – read on to learn all that Costa Rica has to offer! 

Costa Rica is a diverse country with endless scenic views and wondrous species. This country is home to tropical beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, and rivers. There is not only so much to see but also to do! Travelers are able to hike, bike, climb, kayak, zipline, horseback ride, surf, and that is just to name a few! In addition to activities, there are plenty of opportunities to relax with vast beaches and hot springs. Take a read below to learn more about the most beloved regions!  

The Northern Plains region is known for the active Arenal Volcano which has two landscapes. One is covered with lush vegetation that houses wildlife and the other is a rugged area of lava flow and sand. This area is also known for it’s hot springs which provide an authentic relaxing environment surrounded by nature. Due to the sinuous rivers in this area, travelers have the option to go rafting, kayaking, tubing, and fishing. If you prefer to stay dry, venture onto the nature trails, step foot on a suspension bridge, or take a canopy tour.


The Guanacaste resort region comprises of tropical dry forests and lowland mountains, perfect for activities such as hiking, biking, and ziplining. Along the coast you’ll find vast stretches of white sand beaches with calm blue waters for when it is time to cool off or simply relax! If you are looking for something more off the beaten path below the Guanacaste region, there is Puntarenas. This region is home to islands, inlets, beaches, and natural treasures. The primary attractions here are the Monteverde Biological Reserve and the Cloud Forest. The Cloud Forest is considered a “natural jewel” of Costa Rica with its continuous presence of low-hanging fog-like clouds. Through this area you’ll be able to explore on  picturesque trails, hanging bridges, and visit some butterfly exhibits.  

The Central Valley, otherwise known as “the heart of Costa Rica,” is where you’ll find the protected volcanoes – Poás, Braulio Carrillo, Irazú and Turrialba, all located within national parks. To learn more about the culture and history of Costa Rica, you’ll want to check out Turrialba and the Valley of the Saints. These are rural villages that give a glimpse into the history of the country with adobe houses, large coffee plantations, mills and dairy farms. In addition, these rural areas of the region are one of the ideal places for travelers to go horseback riding.  

The Caribbean region on the eastern coast hosts the Tortuguero National Park, which is where you’ll find turtles hatching along the beach. The Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge is also located in this region which is spectacular for fauna and bird observation. The sublime beaches here are known for their unique sand colors of black, yellow and grey and the coral reefs.

Whether you are up for an adventure activity immersed in the jungle or unwinding on the beach, Costa Rica is a country that has it all. As a relatively small country, it is possible to travel between all the regions – ensuring that you do not have to miss anything. With direct flights from various cities in the United States, this is a destination that is accessible and affordable! For more information please contact South/Central America Specialist Rebecca.

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