About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a green and small country located in Central America, one of the most visited international destinations. Is a democratic and peaceful country, no army.

Costa Rica has a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.

Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible – one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).

The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkeling, and sunbathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centers and its beaches are very popular for surfing.

Costa Rica is a land of volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, and rivers. Adventure travelers can choose from a variety of activities such as rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, sport fishing, surfing, and lots more. The most challenging activity will be choosing what to do!

Official Language

The official language is Spanish. The second language for a large portion of the population is English.

The official religion is Catholic. Freedom of religious choice is respected.

Official currency

Colon

Political Division

Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces, these are: San JosΓ©, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon. Each province is subdivided into regions and these are subdivided into districts.

The country has as a marine territory known as Coco’s Island. It is a world-renowned natural reserve, located 548 kilometers from Cabo Blanco in the Pacific Ocean comprised of 2,400 hectares of land and 73,100 hectares of sea.

Climate

In general, the climate in Costa Rica is very pleasant not only during the dry season, which extends from December to April but also during the rainy season, which runs from May to November. During the rainy season rain can be expected in the afternoons, on the other hand the mornings are usually sunny.

Costa Rica has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) that increases considerably on the coastal areas. The changes in temperature are considerable and due to the short distances in this relatively small country, they can all be experienced in just one day.

Due to factors such as the geographical location, the weather conditions, the formation of mountain chains, mountains, and valleys, this country experiences different microclimates that give a home to different types of vegetation, different types of forests can be appreciated: the cloud forest, the rainforest, the dryforest, and the transition forest.

The following climates in the country can be categorized in the following regions :

The high and cold region: With an elevation of 3,000 to 3,100 meters in altitude with temperatures of 0 degrees C.
The hot region: The elevation is above 1,500 meters in altitude, with temperatures between 14 degrees C and 18 degrees C.
The humid tropical region: The elevation is up to 1,100 meters in altitude with temperatures between 25 and 26 degrees C.
The tropical region: Pertaining to the dry season, with temperatures between 26 and 27 degrees C.

For more information please visit the official website of Costa Rica Tourism Board

http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/informacion.asp

 

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