In Costa Rica you will find everything you need to transform an average vacation in an unforgettable exotic experience: fine sand sands and warm waters suitable for swimming, surfing or diving, active volcanoes, tropical forests, natural labyrinths. Eco-tourism is a “specialty of the house” in Costa Rica. You can easily travel across the country, by airplane, bus or rented cars, safely, because the locals are very welcoming and friendly.
Name: Republic of Costa Rica
Capital: San José
Location: State of Central America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Main towns: Puerto Limón, Alajuela, Heredia, Cinco Esquinas, Desamparados, Liberia, Puntarenas, San Vicente, Barranca
Currency: Colon – CRC
Tips in Costa Rica is not mandatory, though restaurants do add a service charge on the final bill that includes 10 percent gratuity.
This is considered a sufficient amount for a tip when dining out, but you can always leave a few extra colons (or CRC) if the service exceeds expectations. A few other places to keep an eye on how much to tip are tours, hotels, taxis, and spa services. About Tour Guide, tip about 2,500CRC (or $5US) per person for an average group tour; about 5,000CRC (or $10US) per person for a small group tour; and 7,500CRC to 10,000CRC (or $15 to $20US) per person for a private tour. Generaly however, considerate to leave a little extra for those servers that exceed expectations.
Voltage: Network parameters: 120 V / 60 Hz; A, B socket is used, you need adapters.
A gem of Central America, internationally recognized for its tourist potential, Costa Rica is a country that harmoniously combines volcanoes, seashores, jungles, delta, spectacular national parks, tasty culinary specialties and the hospitality of its inhabitants, being an eco-touristic paradise.
Generally, the best time to visit Costa Rica is the dry season from December through April, which locals refer to as verano (summer). Dry season does not mean it does not rain; it just rains less (so perhaps should be called the drier season). Costa Rican schools are closed from December to February, when beach towns are busy, especially on weekends. Lodgings during Semana Santa are usually booked months ahead.
In May begins the rainy season, or invierno (winter) as it’s known locally. The tourism ministry has come up with the more attractive denomination of green season. The early months of the rainy season are actually a wonderful time to travel to Costa Rica: you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging. Some more remote roads may not be accessible to public transportation, so always ask locally before setting out. Bring your umbrella and a little patience. Generally, the weather is ecuatorial in north, tropical in the centre of the country and temperate in south.
They are located in the Costa Rica’s plateau area, not far from Poas Volcano. The biodiversity area, La Paz, hosts the largest butterfly observation farm in the world, a humming bird area and 5 spectacular waterfalls. The waterfalls formed on the La Paz River, 8 km in length, are found in the eastern part of the Poas Volcano between Vara Blanca and Cinchona, at about 31 km from Alajuela, impressing with spectacular landscapes.
Established in 1972, with a surface of about 16.24 km², the park is a frequented tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and numerous opportunities for practicing activities like scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding . The biodiversity of the area comprises over 109 mammalian species and about 184 bird species.
The area is declared a national park and it includes a huge lake. In the Arenal National Park there are the Arenal Suspended Bridges – Eco Project that has the purpose of knowing this nature conservation area.
The beaches around Tortuguero are the place where turtles come each year to nest in the sand, where they lay their eggs. In Tortuguero there are two scientific research resorts, Cano Palma and John H. Phipps, which deal with research and conservation of local fauna, especially turtles.
It is located in the north west of Costa Rica. In the north, the province borders the state of Nicaragua, to the east, the Province of Alajuela, and in the south-east, the Puntarenas Province. Guanacaste Province, with an area of 10,141 square kilometers, is the least populated of all the provinces of Costa Rica. The capital of the province is Liberia, other important cities are Canas and Nicoya.