Costa Rica

Getting To Know Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the best countries for adventure travel with it’s many natural wonders and biodiversity. Costa Rica is home to 5% of the worlds biodiversity. Over 25% of the country is national parks or preserves.

Costa Rica is known as the bridge between North & South America. Our neotropical climate is humid & warm with a large variety of eco-zones from lowland swamps to cloud forests which is perfect conditions for our thousands of plant species and animals. Costa Rica with over 200 volcanoes and many waterfalls is sure to take your breath away.

Don’t just read about it come experience our wildlife up close. There is something special here for everyone whether your an avid bird watcher, photographer, backpacker, adrenaline junkie, surfer, horticulturist, or just plan nature lover.

History

Costa Rica became independent from Spain in on September 15 1821. Costa Rica known as the “Rich Coast” was given the name by early Spanish explorers who believed the country was filled with gold.

Provinces

There are 7 provinces in Costa Rica, San Jose, Alajuela, Limon, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Heredia & Cartago.

Location

Costa Rica is located between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south is a rather small country, but make no mistake by it’s size there is plenty to do here.

Coasts

The Pacific Coast hosts most of the countries top beaches. The climate varies from very dry & sunny in the northwest to hot & humid in the south. The Caribbean Coast is divided into 2 regions the northeast coast with many rivers & rainforests, and the south with coral reefs & uncrowded beaches.

Mountains

In Costa Rica much of the country is mountainous. Mountain ranges run from northwest to southeast containing many volcanoes some of which are still active. Costa Rica has 4 mountain ranges the first is Guanacaste Mountain Range with (Arenal, Rincon de la Vieja, Miravalles & Tenorio) volcanoes located in the northwest. The second is the Central Mountain Range with (Turrialba, Irazu, Barva & Poas) volcanoes located north of San Jose. The third is the Talamanca Mountain Range with (Mt Chirripó) which is the oldest located in the southern part. The fourth is the Tilaran Mountain Range located northwest. Costa Rica is home to over 200 volcanoes some are still active today. A vast amount of birds live here year round & many migrate here.

Weather

Dry Season ~ (December-April) is peak tourist season which you can expect to pay more. The busiest times are Christmas & Easter.

Rainy Season ~ (May-August) is low season. This is were you will find great deals and it’s not that rainy. It usually rains in the afternoon/evening and not everyday.

Really Rainy Season ~ (September-November) except for the Caribbean coast (Sept-Oct best months to go) this is the time when it rains the most but you also have the opportunity to see the sea turtles & humpback whales.

The trade winds that blow across Costa Rica are the reason for the seasonal weather patterns.

Food

Tico food consists of Gallo Pinto (a mix of rice & beans), Casada (mixes of beef, chicken or fish with rice, beans, salad, tortillas and fried plaintains), tamales (wrapped in a plaintain leaf with meat, rice, vegetables & a corn based dough), ceviche (marinated raw fish in citrus juice, cilantro, onions, and chiles), and the famous Tres Leches cake (a sponge cake soaked in 3 milks evaporated, sweetened & condensed). You will have to try a fresh coconut drink 100% natural right in the coconut “aqua de pipa” which is a great rehydrator for your body. You might also like to try our “Guanabana” which is soursop a fruit.

Health Care

Costa Rica has a good health care system with many public clinics, hospitals and pharmacies. If you need something simple as a prescription or have a minor concern go to the local pharmacy first. The pharmacist are able to write prescriptions for you unlike Canada and the United States.

About Ticos

“Hora Tica” otherwise known as the Tico Time is an expression used which means things rarely start on time. It’s quite normal to show up late up to 30 minutes. Unlike Canada or the United States Tico’s like to barter so it’s good to ask if you can get that souvenir a little cheaper. We expect it.

To Sum it all up

As you can tell I can go on and on about Costa Rica. Costa Rica is like a big natural “adventure park”. My home away from home. As a travel agent I want to experience, research and explore as much of the country as possible so I can bring to you “my client(s)” the best information so you can have an amazing vacation here. If you would like a custom itinerary or just have questions feel free to contact me using our form.

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