COSTA RICA stands out as one of the most delightful
tropical countries in the world.
Although 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 country that has long had the most stable political climate in Latin America. It is not only safe, it is friendly.
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 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.
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.
- Go out dinner at Barrio Escalante, this trendy area has lots of nice restaurants and craft beer bars to choose from.
- Visit Teatro Nacional, The building is considered the finest historic building in the capital, and it is known for its exquisite interior which includes its lavish furnishings.
1 US$ = 635 colones
The official currency is called "Colones" but US dollars are well accepted everywhere, specially in touristic destinations.
Costa Rican goverment requires Yellow Fever vaccination card to enter the country when you travel from high risk countries such us Bolivia, Colombia or Peru.
Deseases like Dengue fever and Malaria are more common on the Caribbean coast or north border. Despite this, Costa Rica has one of the highest standard of health care and hygiene in Latin America.