About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a small 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!
Packing a lot of punch, with lush rainforests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and black and white-sand beaches. Driving coast to coast takes only three hours by car, so it’s possible to surf or unwind on the black sand beaches of the Pacific and then snorkel through the calm Caribbean waters on one vacation. Surfing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, diving, snorkeling and exploring the diverse and colorful ecosystems are also popular excursions. The National Parks and biological reserves cover almost 1/3 of the national territory. All protected areas where the wild animals in Costa Rica, monkeys, parrots, sloths, raccoons, jaguars etc. can live in peace without fear of future development.
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 its love of nature (ecotourism), warm hearted people and amazing biodiversity. This country is paradise for those seeking a natural experience.
The list is endless!
ABOUT COSTA RICA
Costa Rica exceeds expectations!
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.