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What is Costa Rica like?

Certified as the world's happiest and greenest country, you'll find plenty to smile about on a holiday in Costa Rica. Despite its small size, this Central American nation has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, climates, landscapes and cultures, from the streets of San José to the beaches and rainforests of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Which airlines fly to Costa Rica?

There are no direct flights to Costa Rica from New Zealand. The most convenient option is 1-stop flights with American Airlines, United or a combination of airlines.

Sometimes, a flight with 2 stops may be cheaper or have a shorter overall travel time than a 1-stop flight.

How long is the flight to Costa Rica?

San José

Auckland to San José

21 hours 30 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to San José

25 hours (3 stops)

Queenstown to San José

24 hours (2 stops)

Wellington to San José

24 hours (2 stops)


Auckland to Liberia

19 hours 52 minutes (1 stop)

Christchurch to Liberia

23 hours 15 minutes (2 stops)

Queenstown to Liberia

24 hours (2 stops)

Wellington to Liberia

23 hours 25 minutes (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

Costa Rica can be visited all year round, but it's most popular in the dry season (December to April) when there's less chance of outdoor excursions being cancelled due to bad weather.

If you want to avoid the crowds, try not to travel during the busy holidays of Christmas/New Year and Easter.

Do I need a visa for Costa Rica?

No. New Zealand passport holders can enter Costa Rica for up to 90 days visa-free.

How expensive is Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is surprisingly expensive for Central America, thanks to the impact of tourism over many decades. Eating at restaurants and drinking at bars is more expensive than back home, but as the tap water is safe to drink, you can always refill your water bottle for free.

The local currency is the Costa Rican colón. NZ$1 exchanges to a little under 400 colón.

Useful tips about Costa Rica

The weather can change quickly, so make sure you bring waterproof clothing when heading into the rainforest, even during the dry season.

English is widely understood, but brushing up on your Spanish will be appreciated and could help you get better deals on local goods.

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Please note: all information is correct as of December, 2017.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.