Costa Rica Information

Costa Rica Facts

 

Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the country is surprisingly accessible, one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).

Quepos Beach

The country's strategic position, in the heart of the western hemisphere, the Government's positive attitude towards foreign investment, its infrastructure, access to international markets, and labor quality and cost, make Costa Rica an ideal place to establish commercial operations.

Manuel Antonio Beach

The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centers and its beaches are very popular for surfing, for example Esterillos, Jaco, Hermosa, Boca Barranca. In the Central Pacific, near Quepos, surfing fans can find the famous Manuel Antonio National Park and Beach to practice this sport."

Herradura Beach

Weather

Costa Rica lies wholly within the tropics yet boasts at least one dozen climatic zones and is markedly diverse in microclimates, which make generalizations and rainfall misleading.

Red eye frog

Most regions on Costa Rica have two different seasons, the rainy season from May to November and the dry season from December to April. And the rainfall almost everywhere follows a predictable schedule. In general, high ridges are wet, and windward sides always the wettest.

Temperatures are more dictated by location and elevation than by season, range from tropical on the coastal to temperate in the interior highlands. Mean temperatures hover near 22°C (72°F) on the central plateau, average 27°C (82°F) at sea level on the Caribbean coast and 32°C (89°F) and the pacific lowlands, and fall steadily with elevation. Balmy San Jose and the Meseta Central have an average year-round temperature of 23°C (74°F). Everywhere in Costa Rica from March to May are the hottest months, with October and September not so far behind.

Generally, rains occur in the early afternoons in the highlands, midafternoons in the pacific lowlands, and late afternoons and night in the Atlantic lowlands. Dry season "summer" on the Meseta Central and throughout the western regions is December through April. In Guanacaste, the dry season usually lingers slightly longer ; the north west coast which is the driest part of the country often has few rainy days even during wet season. On the Atlantic coast, the so called dry season occurs from January to April.

Even in the rainy season, days often start out warm and sunny, although temporales are not uncommon. In the highlands, rainy seasons usually means an hour or two of rain in the midafternoon. Still be prepared because 23 hours of a given day may be dry and pleasant; during the 24th, the rain can come down with the force of a waterfall . The sudden onset of a relatively dry period called veranillo, sometimes occurs during July-August or August-September particularly along the pacific coast.

 

Medical Facilities and Services

Any foreigner who is temporarily in the country has the right to receive health attention at hospitals and clinics in case of an emergency, sudden illness or a chronic disease. Costa Rica boasts a modern and renown medical health system, under the administration of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS).

 

National Parks

Located in the tropical latitudes, between the giant biological influences of North and South America and boarded by two oceans, mountainous Costa Rica enjoys an immense diversity of climates and ecosystems.

Guaria Morada

Twelve major life zones harbor an astounding amount of plant and animal life. While Costa Rica covers a mere 0.03% of the planet's surface, the nation is endowed with over 5% of all life forms on earth.

Costa Ricans have preserved this invaluable biodiversity in protected areas covering fully one quarter of the land and organized into major units called Conservation Arias. No other country in the world has so much actively protected area per capita. Costa Rica is often cited as a model for conservation in harmony with community development and economic growth.

Toucan Costa Rica

National parks and reserves are open to the public at government established fees. Private reserves set their own entrance rates.

1. Santa Rosa National Park
2. Rincón de la Vieja National Park
3. Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
4. Las Baulas National Park
5. Cabo Blanco Strict Nature Reserve
6. Barra Honda National Park
7. Palo Verde National Park
8. Guayabo, Negritos & Pájaros Islands Biological Reserves
9. Peñas Blancas Wildlife Refuge
10. Carara Biological Reserve
11. Manuel Antonio National Park
12. Caño Island Biological Reserve
13. Corcovado National Park
14. Golfito Biological Reserve
15. La Amistad International Park
16. Chirripó National Park
17. Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve
18. Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge
19. Cahuita National Park
20. Tortuguero National Park
21. Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
22. Braulio Carrillo National Park
23. Poás Volcano National Park
24. Irazú Volcano National Park
25. Guayabo National Monument
26. Tapantí National Park
27. Cocos Island National Park
28. Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
29. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
30. Piedras Blancas National Park

 

 

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