Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus which connects North America and South America. It borders the Caribbean Sea (to the east) and the Pacific Ocean (to the west).
It is the bright, hospitable and interesting country is one of the most perspective states for development of the international tourism. The capital is the city of San Jose. Catholic cathedrals remind the Spanish temples. In this country there are not big cities. Small settlements of city type are clean and accurate, surrounded with the jungle with violent tropical vegetation, represents a paradise pacification.
Two big rivers Pakuara and Reventazon cross this country. Ridges of a volcanic origin and volcanoes are going from the northwest on the southeast. Their height is nearly four thousand meters above sea level. Most of Costa Rica's people live in the central plateau, which rises 3000-4000 feet above sea level around the capital of San Jose.
Two thirds of the country occupy the woods. Almost all of them are a part of national parks and reserves.
Set atop the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide, Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns that dot the country's famous shoreline. It is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, and friendly locals. The town of Santa Elena is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, while the nearby rainforest hosts a remarkable amount of biodiversity.
Due to its high altitude – some 4,662 ft (1,440 m) above sea level – Monteverde is privileged to receive a steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture that they contain. This moisture, often in the form of fog, catches on the branches of the tallest trees and drips down to the other organisms below. This helps to support a complex and far-reaching ecosystem, one that harbors over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids alone.
Visitors can explore this internationally recognized environment from trails and trams, along canopy tours or inside museums. It’s wise to plan on spending at least a few days to adventure through this verdant and mountainous world. Tops of mountains in clouds, smoking volcanoes, waterfalls – this beauty doesn't leave indifferent anybody.
Basis of Costa Rica economy is export of bananas, coffee, and foreign tourism.
Hotels of Costa Rica
There are about two hundred "4-5 stars" hotels with EU standards.
Generally luxury hotels are located in the capital of San Jose. The territory of hotels are pools, and the beaches on an ocean coast with black volcanic sand. On beaches of Costa Rica you may see the most different shades of sand: from white to the black.
Good service, blank rooms and a variety of food will daily please you.
You can stay in the apartment too, which we can rent for you or we can even rent the house. As a rule, each house has own yard, where you can sit on a rocking-chair and watch representatives of local fauna. In many houses and apartments there are exercise machines, a jacuzzi, Internet.
Climate of Costa Rica
Costa Rica's tropical climate can be roughly divided into two seasons: wet and dry.
The dry season runs from December to April. The wet season begins in May and typically peaks in September and October. Temperatures vary little throughout the year, although the dry season tends to be less humid. Altitude is the other major influence on climate.
The weather in San Jose and the other cities of the central plateau is near perfect by almost any standard. In San Jose, for example, the average high temperature is 26°C and the average low temperature is 15°C. The lowlands are much warmer.
In the Caribbean port of Puerto Limon the average high temperature is 30°C and the average low temperature is 21°C.
Temperatures are slightly warmer in the Pacific port of Puntarenas.
Shopping and shops
Serious shoppers will be disappointed in Costa Rica. Aside from coffee and oxcarts, there isn't much that's distinctly Costa Rican. To compensate for its own relative lack of goods, Costa Rica does a brisk business in selling crafts and clothes imported from Guatemala, Panama, and Ecuador.
The local population trades in the hand-made articles which have been cut out from a wood. You may buy an original vase, ware from ceramics, ornament from semiprecious stones. T-shirts, scarfs and hammocks, spin macrame equipment.
In alcoholic drinks shops you may buy remarkable liqueurs and rum.
Coffee is the best shopping deal in all of Costa Rica. Although the best Costa Rican coffee is allegedly shipped off to North American and European markets, it's hard to beat the coffee that's roasted right in front of you here. Best of all is the price: One pound of coffee sells for around $3 to $6. It makes a great gift and truly is a local product.
Costa Rican cuisine
Costa Rican cuisine is relatively bland compared to other countries of Latin
America and the Caribbean. However, eating and drinking in areas frequented by tourists is generally safe. Costa Rica's concern for food safety also makes it an ideal location to sample the wide variety of tropical fruits that are available throughout the year.
Basis of ethnic cuisine is black haricot, rice, meat and, of course, fruit and vegetables. All dishes are cooked without special addition of spices. Spices are in various sauces. Favourite dish of Costa Rica – casados with black haricot, rice and vegetables. It is a garnish to meat.
Rum and coffee liqueur Cafe Rika of local preparation are the most popular alcoholic drinks in the country.
Coffee is favourite drink of local population and one of the best in the world. Coffee serve in small jugs and you have to drink from small cups.
Tours and Activities in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a nirvana for active travelers with recreation or a specific adventure in mind. Whatever your taste in recreation, Costa Rica has something for you. You can pursue your own thing, or book any of scores of organized excursions and tours on a particular theme.
Costa Rica offers some of the world's finest whitewater rafting and kayaking rivers. These rivers plunge through spectacularly beautiful, largely unexplored tropical wilderness. Whether an expert or beginner, nature lover or thrill seeker, rafting enthusiast or active kayaker, there is an unforgettable experience awaiting you.
A Canopy Tour consists of suspension cables on which the person will travel from platform to platform while enjoying the beauty of the forest canopy. These cables are specially designed by expert engineers, who have made it one of the safest and most thrilling adventures available for tourists in Costa Rica. Clients are equiped with high-tech harnesses to ensure their safety.
Scuba diving. These dive companies are concentrated in two areas. The northern Flamingo-Coco area and the Osa peninsula. Divers find an astounding variety and number of fish.
San Jose has the most day tours and some that only operate from the capital. One of the most popular is white-water rafting on the Pacure River.
Arenal is beautiful area and there is lots to do besides waiting for the volcano to erupt. The hanging bridges are a popular tour.
There are several reserves in this cloud forest and a diverse selection of tours. We recommend a morning cloud forest tour.
Day tours for guests in the Northwest of Costa Rica including Tamarindo. Canopy tours and National Park tours are popular here.
There are a lot of water related activities in this area. Sea kayaking, white-water rafting and waverunners in addition to the nature tours.
Costa Rica has some spectacual golf courses designed by well known golf architects George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones II, Arnold Palmer, Ron Garl, Ted Robinson, Mike Young and Tracy May. Here you will find all the ingredients for a great golf vacation and the added bonus of experiencing the scenic beauty and natural attractions of Costa Rica.
The fish come big in Costa Rica and hooking trophy contenders comes easy; the fish almost seem to line up to get a bite on the hook. The country is the undisputed sailfish capital of the world on the Pacific, the tarpon capital on the Caribbean. Fishing varies from season to season, but hardly a month goes by without some International Game Fish Association record broken
For many in search of the perfect wave, the search has ended in Costa Rica. Long stretches of beaches provide thousands of beach breaks. Numerous rivers offer quality sandbar rivermouth breaks, particularly on the Pacific coast.