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Costa Rica General Information

Did you know

  • Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Latin America.
  • Costa Rica has no military.
  • Costa Rica has a literacy rate of 97%, the highest in Latin America.
 
 

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  • Costa Rica has devoted 25% of its land to National Parks and protected lands, ensuring excellent ecoturism and soft adventure options.
  • Our currency, the Coln, was named after Christopher Columbus.
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    Within it's 51,200 square kilometers there is a wider variety of species of birds than in all of Europe or North America. With a relatively small population of roughly four million inhabitants, Costa Rica also boast of one of the oldest and more consolidated democracies in Latin America. In 1869 the primary education for both sexes was declared obligatory and free of cost, defrayed by the State. In 1882 the death sentence was abolished. In the year 1949 the armed forces were abolished and in 1983 a Perpetual Neutrality was proclaimed. Prestigious international human rights organizations have their headquarters in Costa Rica.. Beacause of this, of its lush 1500 kilometers of tropical sun-bathed beaches and the wild diversity of flora and fauna to be found in it's wide array of microclimates, Costa Rica has justifiably earned it's reputation of paradise regained.
 
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Weather & Climate
 
Costa Rica's microclimates vary from the barren cold volcanic tundra to the exotic cloud forest, from the deep dense jungle of Talamanca to the tropical dry forests of Guanacaste, from quiet gold-hued beaches where the Baulas Tortoises build their nests to the winding Tortugero Canals where the crocodile is king. Even so, Costa Rica's overall climate can be best described as mild. Being located within the tropics, seasonal changes in Costa Rica are not as drastic as they are in countries on other latitudes. There is a 'dry" season (equivalent to summer and spring) during which temperatures pleasantly in the high sixties (20 degrees C), which goes from december to may, and a "wet" season from june till november during which mornings are usually sunny and showers might be expected after noon. On areas near the coasts temperatures may be as much as ten degrees higher, where as in the Chirripo Peak, the highest mountain of Costa Rica (3800 meters) temperature may drop down to freezing point although snow is unheard of, even at the Chirripo. Tourists should bring light clothes, a jacket and a raincoat is all the protection you'll need unless you go hiking.
 
 
Language & Religion
 
Costa Rica's official language is Spanish. On the Caribbean Coast a small minority of Jamaican descendants speak a local version of English, and most costarrican can understand and speak a bit of English. Quite recently all public schools made mandatory the learning of a second language.

The main religion, as in the rest of Latin America is the Roman Catholic, but there is a very wide margin of tolerance, and the constitutional freedom of creed is always respected.
 
 
National Currency
 
The national currency is the colon and dollars are easily exchanged at banks of the National Banking System, other foreign currency can be exchanged through private angencies. All mayor credit cards as well as travellers checks are widely accepted. The colon per dollar exchange can be expected to increment by 0,17 on average per day.
 
 
International Communication Services
 
There are postal and telegraph offices in cities and villages throughout the country. The Central Post Office is located in San Jos on Second Street between Avenues 1 and 3, and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Radiogrfica Costarricense is located on Fifth Avenue between Streets 1 and 3. This company provides telex, fax, international data transmission, and many other services (including Internet access). The country code for Costa Rica is 506, and there is no area code inside the country.
 
 
TRANSPORTATION
 
International Air Transportation: Juan Santamaria International Airport located in the capital city, San Jose (4 hours from Ocotal), is serviced by American, United, Taca, Continental, Iberia, KLM.

Daniel Oduber International Airport only 20 minutes from Ocotal is serviced by Delta and American Airlines via Atlanta or Miami.

Domestic Air Transportation: All flights leave from the International Juan Santamara Airport or the Tobas Bolaos Airport. There is a network of internal airports which not only serve important cities, but special interest tourist areas. Among the most important are: Palmar Sur, Tamarindo, Barra del Colorado, Limn, Quepos, Golfito, Coto 47, etc. From the Tobas Bolaos Airport, located to the west of the capital city, private airlines with twin-engine airplanes for five passengers, offer charter flights anywhere in the country with a landing strip.

Domestic Bus Service: The country, in general, offers an adequate bus service. The majority are private companies which link San Jos with the principal provincial towns and cities, seaports and tourist areas. With good-quality vehicles and frequent itineraries, the user can easily travel throughout the country, leaving from different bus terminals. In the main cities and villages nationwide, there are taxicab companies that service the user to the more remote places in the country. Four-wheel drive vehicles are typical for the rural areas.

International Bus Service: Leaving from San Jos, there is bus service to Central America and Panama. The companies TICA BUS, SIRCA and TRACOPA have scheduled trips to Panama, Nicaragua and other countries.

Automobile Circulation: Costa Rica has a good highway network, the majority of which, for tourist use, is paved. In most places there are adequate traffic signs. In the major highways there are toll booths (San Jos-San Ramn, San Jos-Gupiles, San Jos-Cartago, San Jos-Ciudad Coln). Throughout the country there are many gas stations, some of which offer round-the-clock service. Costa Rica does not have self-service gas stations.

Driver Requirements: A foreigner may drive with a current license from his country of origin and his passport, during the three months that his tourist visa is in force. The warning triangles should be carried at all times by all drivers, and seat belts are also required for drivers and front-seat passengers. The use of helmets for motorcycle conductors is required.
 
Medical Facilities
 
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).

Most of the hotels have contact with a doctor. In Costa Rica there are public and private hospitals and clinics that have 24-hour service, seven days a week.
 
 
Time Zone
 
Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time.
 
Roads
 
Costa Rica has an extensive network of roadways, mostly paved, that provide access to almost any part of the country. The main route is the Inter-Amerian Highway that links the two borders from Peas Blancas to Paso Canoas.
 
Democracy
 
Democracy is not only the type of government of Costa Rica. Democracy is also the source of tremendous pride in a country that brags about having more teachers than policemen and not having a standing army since 1948. Democracy also means that even the smallest town has a right to have electricity, potable water and public or private phones.

Elections are at the core of this democracy. In Costa Rica, elections are an incredibly interesting sociological phenomenon for any foreign observer. This event is held every four years, on the first Sunday in February. The days previous to the big event turn into a national party. Even in remote areas, children and adults stand by the roadside or ride cars honking horns and waving their party's flag. Anybody over eighteen can vote in the country's schools which are equipped for this purpose during election time. The democratic nature of voting is reinforced by separate elections for presidential, legislative and municipal offices; one can vote for one party's presidential candidate and for another group's municipal president.
 
 
Government
 
Costa Rica is a democratic republic, as stated 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, among others. The government is divided into independent executive, legislative, and judicial powers. This "separation of powers" is sipulated under Article 9 of the Constitution.
 

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