This small Central American country nestled in the Northern tropics, between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and North and South America. It covers just 0.03% of the worlds land surface yet it contains some 6% of the worlds biodiversity. In comparison, Costa Rica has more plants and animals than 90% of the entire USA!
That’s what makes it one of the world’s most popular destinations.
Costa Rica is known around the globe for it’s love of nature (ecotourism), warm hearted people and amazing biodiversity. This country is paradise for those seeking a natural experience. Visit golden, silver, white and black sand beaches by the dozens in Guanacaste (Tamarindo, Conchal, Coco etc.) Puntarenas (Dominical, Manuel Antonio, Jacó, Montezuma etc.) and the Caribbean (Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Chiquita, etc.) If you’re looking for a little more green, head towards the Sarapiquí Rainforest or maybe Monteverde where everywhere you turn you’ll find lush vegetation and interesting fauna.
Searching for a bit more excitement? How about staying near a volcano like Rincon de la Vieja or Arenal and visiting their world famous hot water springs or perhaps finally deciding to do something you never thought you’d do like white water rafting, rappelling down waterfalls, zip lining , surfing, fishing, hiking, snorkeling or scuba diving. The list is endless!
ABOUT COSTA RICA
From white sandy beaches and fiery volcano peaks, to fascinating rainforests and an abundance of exotic animal and plant-life, Costa Rica exceeds expectations! We Ticos, as we are known in Latin America, take pride in our environment and culture and welcome visitors to share in the beauty, wonder and excitement that our country have to offer. The country’s unique bio-diversity and almost perfect climate conditions allow every visitor to take full advantage of all that Costa Rica provides. Whether it be rafting, deep-sea fishing, surfing, hiking, canopy tours, basking in hot water springs, or just soaking up the sun on a breathtaking beach, Costa Rica does not disappoint.
Costa Rica is both an adventure and a sanctuary in a tropical paradise, the opportunities are endless.
Location: Central America, between Nicaragua and Panamá.
Capital: San José
Currency: Colones (American Dollars are used nation-wide as well)
Political Views: Democratic, right. No Army
Climate: Summer/dry Season: December – April, Rainy/green Season: May – November
Average temperatures: 14-24°C in the central region and 24-40°C at the beaches
Typical dishes: Casado: A large plate that contains: red meat, chicken or fish, rice, beans, sweet plantains, cabbage and tomato salad, tortillas and picadillo. Gallo Pinto: a mixture of white rice and whole black beans with special Tico spices, cilantro and onion. It is usually served with sour cream on the side.
Typical phrases: “Pura vida”! (Great, full of life, excellent) - “How are you”? - “Pura vida”!
Official Language: The official language is Spanish. However English is widely spoken in the country.
Interesting Facts about Costa Rica:
- In 1949 Costa Rica gave women the right to vote, a pioneer in women´s rights in the area of Central America.
- Life expectancy is as in European countries.
- Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948.
- The neutrality of the country, its peacefulness and its mountains has caused Costa Rica to be called “The Switzerland of Latin America”.
- Costa Rica has one of the highest literacy percentages and lowest child mortality rates in the world.
- 5% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica.
- Cocos Island was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.