Costa Rica is an incredibly popular destination in February. Valentine’s Day means that plenty of couples are in the country seeking romance, and there are also plenty of visitors coming to Costa Rica to escape the cold winters back home. Much of the Pacific Coast will be enjoying its sunniest time of the year, and temperatures could easily surpass 90 degrees. Make sure you pack plenty of sunscreen, because beach days along the coast will require it! In Central Costa Rica, the dry season is beginning, and along the Caribbean Coast the wet season is starting to let up.
There are plenty of world-class destinations to choose from in Costa Rica, but in February a top pick for many visitors is Playas del Coco. This is a stunning beach hotspot, but it doesn’t get the same crowds that many other beaches experience in February. Playas del Coco is all about the beach, and that is definitely the major attraction. It’s also a fun spot to visit if you want to go out drinking and dancing at night. It can also serve as a home base if you would like to explore some of the regional attractions like the dormant volcano called Rincon de la Vieja.
In February, the Lenten season might begin. While it all depends on the calendar for each year, be sure to pay attention to the date for Ash Wednesday, because many businesses will close for the occasion. February is also when some towns celebrate Fiesta Diablitos, or the festival of the little devils. For up to two weeks, there may be reenactment battles, locals wearing carved masks and plenty of spectacular local cuisine on offer.
If you do head to Playas del Coco in February, you’ll have countless hotel options available. To really splurge on something romantic, especially if you’re visiting over Valentine’s Day, try the Villa Buena Onda. The whole resort is exclusively for adults, and only eight guestrooms means the premises are private and upscale. While there is a restaurant right at the hotel, head over to Kaixo, a nearby restaurant, to dig into their fantastic menu of Mediterranean dishes.
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