stands out as one of the most delightful tropical coutries in the world.
Althought Costa Rica is a small country, a large variety of tropical habitats is found within it.
Costa Rica is famous for its enlightened approach to conservation.
With both a Pacific and Caribbean coast there is no shortage of beaches in Costa Rica.
In addition to this natural beauty and outdoor excitement, there is the added attraction of a coutry that has long had the most stable political climate in Latin America. It is not only safe, it is friendly.
San jose city is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica . Located in the Central Valley , San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of the country. The city is served by Juan Santamaría International Airport, 23 km west of downtown, in the city of Alajuela.
The official currency is called "Colones" but US dollars are well accepted everywhere, specially in touristic destinations. 1 USD = 503 colones
Costa Rican native cuisine is not spicy, but it is tasty and simple. The most popular food is the national dish of Gallo pinto, fried rice and black beans. This dish can be easily found, particularly as a breakfast staple. Gallo pinto becomes the casado at lunch time and is varied with rice and beans supplemented with cabbage-and-tomato salad, fried plantains, and meat.
The downtown area, is loaded with cafes, where national coffee is prepared and served in typical Costa Rican ways. Both The National Theater (Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica) and The Melico Salazar Theatre offer hectic calendars of cultural activities, featuring acting and dance groups as well as orchestral musical presentations throughout the year.
There are numerous areas to enjoy nightlife around San José, "El Pueblo" is an assortment of more than 50 bars, clubs, and shops. Calle de la Amargura in San Pedro near the University of Costa Rica has a wide selection of bars, restaurants and discos and serves drinks for relatively low prices. Jazz Cafe is a great place to enjoy live music all week long.
Tourist Office ICT
In San José, The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, answers questions and sometimes provides maps at their public information office
(tel. 506-2222 10 90, 2222 17 33)
Peninsula de Nicoya
Althought most visitors come for the beaches, there are several small wildlife reserves and the Cabo Blanco National Park in the peninsula that are worth visiting if you are in the area.
Montezuma remains one of the most popular destination on the coast, and many people like to stay for at least several days to enjoy not only the beaches and village night life, but also the nearby nature reserves and various excursions, sport activities and exciting adventures.
Costa Rican authorities do not require anyone to have an up-to-date international vaccinations card to enter the country.
Deseases like Dengue fever and Malaria are more common on the Caribbean coast than elsewhere although malaria has been reported on the Peninsula de Osa as well. Despite this, Costa Rica has one of the highest standard of health care and hygiene in Latin America.