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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the highest-level of tourism in Central America. The variety of tropical landscapes and microclimates that can be enjoyed in one day, make this country a paradise destination. Costa Rica has 51,100 square kilometers (19729.82 square miles) and beaches lapped by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It only takes three hours to drive by car from coast to coast or a 45 minutes plane ride to travel across the country.

The Caribbean is known for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and beaches of black and white sand, they are ideal activities that focus on nature and the sea, such as fishing and diving in clear waters.

The Central Pacific is home to many national parks and wildlife refuge. These jungles and beaches have numerous wildlife sanctuaries like the Carara National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park and many other great places for nature lovers.

The Central Valley is another geographical region of great importance for the country. This is where the greater metropolitan area is; and this is the most developed area in Costa Rica.

 

Weather

Because of its mountain ranges and tropical climate, Costa Rica has a relatively stable and pleasant climate. It has both a rainy season and dry season. 

Costa Rica has two main rainy regions, one on the Caribbean side and the other on the Pacific, which affects the northern, central and southern areas, as well as the Central Plateau.

As mentioned above, the main change in seasons is the amount of rainfall. The rainy season runs from May to mid-November in the northern regions, and from April to December in the southern regions. The dry season covers the rest of the year, and is defined by two phases, the first is from December to February with calm cloudy skies and cold winds and from March to April the skies remain clear for most of the day with wispy breezes, reaching the highest temperatures of the year.

 

Costa Rica Weather

How Interesting

  • According to the Happy Planet Index and the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica ranks first in being the happiest and greenest country in the world since 2012.
  • The tropics of the Americas (Neotropics), where Costa Rica is located, contain a greater diversity of species and ecosystems and a broader range of interactions, compared with other tropical regions.
  • Costa Rica doesn’t have a military defense.
  • Costa Rica has a literacy rate of 97%, the highest in Latin America.
  • Costa Rica has devoted 25% of its land to national parks and protected areas, ensuring excellent ecotourism and soft adventure options.
  • Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Latin America.
  • Costa Rica is only a 2.5 hour flight to Miami and a 3 hour flight to Houston.
  • There are many extinct and active volcanoes, but they are not too violent. In some craters lakes have been formed, periodically they enter a boiling state, such as Poas Volcano. It has an elevation of 2.708 meters.
  • The national flower of Costa Rica is an orchid called Guaria Morada.
  • Costa Rica is internationally known as the land of "pura vida", a phrase that they say constantly and use for everything, in addition to a greeting. It symbolizes the simple, cheerful, optimistic, natural, and cozy traditional Costa Rican life.
  • Monteverde is the region with the highest density of orchids on the planet.
  • Costa Rica is considered the number one country in Latin America for its life expectancy, social progress, and health-care system.
  • The national typical dish is known as Gallo Pinto, which is consumed by the whole country and is made up of rice, beans, and sometimes scrambled eggs. 
  • Coconut Island is the world’s largest uninhabited island. 
  • Poas Volcano has the second largest crater in the world.