About Costa Rica

ENJOY COSTA RICA, A GREAT PLACE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO VISIT



Costa Rica is a beautiful country located in Central America. It has widely diverse natural resources, a well educated and gentle population and a pacific democratic tradition. All those attributes make it one of the most visited international destinations in the World.

Costa Rica, meaning “rich coast”, was the first country in the World to constitutionally abolish its national army, in 1948; and it’s been ranked 4th in the Human Development Index developed by the UN.

Although Costa Rica is a small country (it only covers 0.03% of the surface of the Planet) it shelters 5% percent of the World’s fauna. Also, 25.28% of the territory is protected. Its coastlines have abundance of beaches, both on the Pacific and the Atlantic. The country’s inland is shaped by four cordilleras, or mountain ranges, which run from North to South. The capital, San Jose, rests roughly in the nation's center, settled within a highland valley. A huge amount of crystal clear rivers, such as the Reventazón River, cascade down from the central mountains to the Caribbean. The Pacific Coast is distinct by two broad peninsulas: Osa and Nicoya, which go out into the Pacific Ocean. It is a geographic curiosity that their shapes are almost identical, although the Osa Peninsula is smaller than Nicoya´s.
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COSTA RICA'S PEOPLE: FRIENDLY AND KIND WITH EVERYBODY... SPECIALLY WITH TOURISTS!



The Ticos, as Costa Ricans are known, come from a mix of different ethnic groups. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority of the population, 96 percent, is Spanish descendants, so, Spanish is the official language.

Two percent of our population is afro – Caribbean descendants, who primarily reside in and around Limón, on the Caribbean coast. This population first came to Costa Rica as labor force brought to build the jungle railway. After the railway was finished, many stayed to work in the banana plantations. Their main language is still a colloquial type of English.

Ticos are generally family-oriented, peaceful and fun loving. Indeed, most Ticos don´t like conflict and avoid arguments. Many love to dance and communities are often immersed in celebration.
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COSTA RICA'S WEATHER: A GREAT CLIMATE FOR YOUR VACATION ALL YEAR ROUND!



Costa Rica weather is described as tropical due to its proximity to the Equator.

There are two seasons: the Dry Season and the Rainy Season. The dry season usually starts in December and ends in April. The rainy season persists from May to November; nevertheless, the temperature differences between seasons are slight. Also, in the rainy season, rain starts mostly in the afternoon, so you can still enjoy most of the mornings full of sun.

Also, even though Costa Rica is a small country, we have different climatic zones, and due to this fact, in some areas the Dry and Rainy seasons differ from the rest of the country. For example: in the Northern Lowlands the rainy season goes from December to March, in the Arenal Volcano area, from February to April.

The Monteverde area enjoys a Dry season from January to May; and the Caribbean coast has two Rainy seasons: from November to January and from April to August.

And as said, in general, you can enjoy beautiful sunny mornings in the whole country, almost all year round!
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