Costa Rica

 

 

 

"Pura Vida"

Climate

Higher elevation has cooler temperatures

Rainy season is from May to November- 100 inches per year

Has no real summer or winter 

Average temperature is between 70℉ and 81

Population

4.872 Million People

Monetary System 

Colónes

13% tax on all purchases, including souvenirs, food, and hotels

For smaller services- including local meals or public transportation- expect to pay with colónes

US dollars are widely accepted, especially at upscale hotels and restaurants

ATMs are widely available in Costa Rica

Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

As defined by the 1949 constitution, which guarantees all citizens and foreigners equality before the law, the right to own property, the right of petition and assembly, freedom of speech and the right to habeas corpus

Democratic Republic

Government

Horchata is a popular cold drink made from milk, rice flour, a lot of cinnamon, and sugar

Costa Rican Food

Casado is the most common dish. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, fried plantains, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot, and a choice of meat between chicken, fish, pork, or steak with grilled onions. The meat that comes with a casado is grilled or sautéed, but never fried.

Gallo Pinto, which has a literal meaning of "spotted chicken", is the national dish of Costa Rica. It consists of rice and beans stir-fried together in a pan to create a speckled appearance. It is usually served for breakfast along with scrambled or fried eggs and sour cream or cheese.

Historical Sites

Cartago ruins are costa rica's colonial capital houses. they are ruins of an 18th century church that was destroyed twice by earthquakes during construction

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica was once an army barracks, the bullet-riddled national museum uncovers costa rica's political, cultural and ecological history

Isla san lucas. this island prison was made famous by an ex-con who wrote a novel about his experience called the island of lonely men.

January 1st- New Years Day

March/April- Easter Week

 

May 1st- Labor Day

August 2nd- Patron Saint Day

August 15th- Mother's Day

September 15th- Independence Day

Holidays 

Held every April, Juan Santamaría Day commemorates the Costa Rican victory in the Battle of Rivas in 1856 against the U.S. citizen William Walker and his mercenary army.

July 25th- Annexation of Guanacaste Day

celebrates Costa Rica’s core value of democracy.

April 11th-Juan Santamaria Day

This national park focuses on its beautiful marine life. This place is probably the best to snorkel and scuba dive in in Costa Rica, and you can see thousands of species of tropical fish and a beautiful coral reef.

It’s a lovely waterfall, but what’s great about it is that you can swim in the deep pools and streams flowing from it and see the waterfall from close up

Leisure Activities

One of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. This impressive volcano resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. Although the volcano entered into a resting phase in 2010 – meaning that its eruptions have paused – it is still a stunning sight.