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Costa Rica - tourist guide for holidays

Costa Rica is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Costa Rica is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Costa Rica - the best places to see

Costa Rica If you compare Costa Rica with other countries of the world, you will see it is rather small country. Nevertheless there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • San Jose (capital + Museo Oro Precolombino)
  • Alajuela (Central Cathedral + volcano Poas - day trip)
  • Dominical (beaches + Marino Ballena national park)
  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - beach resort
  • Chirripo National Park - Chirripo mountain
  • Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park - wonderful sceneries
  • Corcovado National Park - many animals

Costa Rica - useful information

Religion:
~ Roman Catholic: 76.3 %
~ Protestant: 15.7 %
~ other: 4.8 %
~ no religion: 3.2 %
Religion - Costa Rica
Costa Rica: flagCapital: San José
Area: 51,100 km2
Number of inhabitants: 4,576,800
Currency: Costa Rican colón, CRC, ₡
Language: Spanish
Time zone: GMT-6 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +506
Mobile phones system: GSM 1800, UMTS 850
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places
Serious travel risk: malaria in some areas
Voltage in electric network: 120 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Travellers Forum

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  Wonderful country
I ve been to Costa Rica many times and I love to return... Always... You can walk around the cities, you can hike through the forests, you san swim in the sea or you can just look around this beautiful country.
  Výborná země
Krásná země, ale nenechte se zmást její velikostí. Kvůli (ne)kvalitě silnic se může i 100kilometrový přejezd změnit v mnohahodinovou záležitost. Příroda je tu ovšem nádherná a vzhledem ke zdejší poměrně vysoké životní úrovni je tu i bezpečno.
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Costa Rica - the map and typical itinerary

Costa Rica - map
Itinerary 1: San Jose (capital + Museo Oro Precolombino) - historical landmarks + culture - days: 1, Chirripo National Park - Chirripo mountain - trekking - days: 3, Dominical (beaches + Marino Ballena national park) - relaxation at sea + walks + relax - days: 3, Corcovado National Park - many animals - trekking - days: 2, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves - trekking - days: 3, Arenal Volcano - trekking - days: 1, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park - wonderful sceneries - trekking - days: 2, Alajuela (Central Cathedral + volcano Poas - day trip) - walks + trekking - days: 2
Itinerary 2: San Jose (capital + Museo Oro Precolombino) - historical landmarks + culture - days: 1, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - beach resort - walks + trekking + relaxation at sea - days: 4, Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves - trekking - days: 3, Arenal Volcano - trekking - days: 1, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park - wonderful sceneries - trekking - days: 2, Alajuela (Central Cathedral + volcano Poas - day trip) - walks + trekking - days: 2
Itinerary 3: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolCosta Rica offers quite a low level of prices. Both - accommodation and meals - are inexpensive here, so you can spend a very cheap holidays here - if you want to. There are more expensive services available as well here - and you will usually get good quality for your money.
  • Cheap accommodation: $8
  • Medium accommodation: $16
  • Expensive accommodation: $50
  • Cheap meal: $3
  • Medium meal: $5
  • Expensive meal: $10
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Costa Rica on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Costa Rica may have different names in different languages. For example Kostarika, Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Costa Rica. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: Costa Rica or República de Costa Rica) is a multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica, which means "Rich Coast", constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), ranked 69th in the world in 2011. Also was cited by the UNDP in 2010 as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels, and in 2011 was highlighted by UNDP for being a good performer on environmental sustainability, and better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region.
Wikipedia

Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including: disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high.
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