Paradise Within Reach
If natural beauty is what you are looking for, there’s no place like Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is small in size and has an area of roughly 51,100 square kilometers (31,682 square miles). Even so, it is internationally famous and recognized for the diversity and density of its natural resources; 6% of the world’s biodiversity and 25% of the national territory lie in protected areas governed by strict standards and regulations about public usage, the other reason why Costa Rica is such a famous country is for the fabled kindness of the Costa Ricans and the Pura Vida. These facts set it apart as an especially attractive destination for foreign tourists who, not incidentally, make far more than a million visits a year.
Slices of Costa Rica Life
Costa Rica Facts
- Seasons: Costa Rica really has two seasons: a “green” or rainy season that runs from May to November and a dry season that begins in December and ends in April. The average temperature in the Central Valley is 72° F (22° C), while on the coast and at the beaches it ranges from 70° to 90°F (21°to 32°C).
- Capital: San Jose, located in the central valley and Costa Rica has a Population of around 4.2 million. The Language is Spanish, although most “Ticos” (native Costa Ricans) also speak English.
- Airports: Costa Rica has two International Airports, Juan Santamaria in San Jose and Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia
- Electrical Voltage: 110V, the same as in the U.S.
- Monetary Units: The official monetary unit is the colon. 500 colones are roughly equal to one USD.
- Taxes and Tipping: 13% and 10%, respectively, are included in restaurant bills. Additional tipping is not required.
- Health Care: Besides the National Public Health System, the country has a strong private health system, with hospitals and clinics of great prestige and reputation. According to the World Bank, Costa Rica has a 78.1% life expectancy at birth, which is the highest in all of Latin America and comparative to developed countries, such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland.