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More than 1,000 tourist spots can be visited without difficulty.

Over 600 of those are natural sites that draw more than half of the tourists visiting Costa Rica.

124,000 Costa Rican families are involved with tourism.

The official promotion and regulating agency for tourism is the Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT). The Board’s address is:
Instituto Costarricense de Turismo
Apartado 777-1000
San Jose, Costa Rica
Telephone in Costa Rica: (506) 222-1090 or 223-1733, ext. 277
Fax in Costa Rica: (506) 223-5452 or 555-4997
They also have a toll-free number in the US: 1-800-327-7033
WWW URL= http://www.tourism-costarica.com

Scores of tour agencies provide an abundance of packaged and specialized tours to all corners of the country.

All types of activities exist for the tourist: water sports, including fishing, white-water rafting and diving; nature hikes, camping, birding, horseback riding; ball sports such as tennis, beach volleyball, and golf.

CLIMATE
Two recognized seasons; commonly called the Dry Season (December to April) and the Wet Season (May to November). We prefer to call the “wet” season the Green Season because the countryside comes alive like the springtime in temperate climates.

The Atlantic coast has no well-defined dry season.

The Pacific coast, the Guanacaste area, is the driest and hottest. This is where you can find most of the beach resorts.

The Wet Season (Green Season) brings daily afternoon rains to the country.

Temperatures remain nearly constant all year round with variations primarily related to altitude.

Lowlands temperatures average between 80 and 90 degrees; Central Valley temperatures average around 72 degrees.

Temperatures in the mountains drop into the 50s and below.

San Jose temperatures can be hot during the day, but usually cool off to sweater weather in the evening.

The coastal waters are an almost constant 74 degrees on both coasts.

GEOGRAPHY
Located on the isthmus between North and South America.

Sits between 8 and 11 degrees North Latitude.

Bordered to the north by Nicaragua; to the south by Panama; to the west by the Pacific Ocean; to the east by the Caribbean Sea.

Land area of 19,730 square miles (about the size of West Virginia).

288 miles maximum length.

161 miles maximum width along northern border.

74 miles minimum width along southern border.

631 miles of Pacific coastline.

132 miles of Atlantic coastline.

Four major mountain ranges running roughly northwest to southeast, all of volcanic origin

Highest peak is Cerro Chirrip at 12,536 feet.

Over two hundred volcanoes have been identified; around a dozen are classified as active.

PEOPLE
Ticos are famous for being friendly and helpful. There are a little more than three million of us, over half residing in the Central Valley around San Jose. We are mainly of European descent, mostly Spanish. However, you are likely to see any nationality you can name as Costa Rica has drawn immigrants from all corners of the globe.

Certainly, Costa Rica is the ultimate paradise. This small state of 50,000 square kilometers between the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean has about the same size as Switzerland. Not only ecotourists and retirees praise it a lot for its abundance of fauna, flora such as trees. – the country has no military, no nuclear power plants, almost no illiteracy, lots of culture and no winter – thanks to its openness and friendliness toward foreigners and a thousand other reasons, Costa Rica is the ideal country for people who want to retire from an active professional or business life and become a resident.

The words that best describe Costa Rica are perhaps “pura vida”. It means “pure life” and that is what visitors to this Central American country will find. From exotic animal life to exotic scenery, travelers will find themselves inexorably drawn to Costa Rica and its residents.

The abundance of activities available will have travelers checking and re – checking their lists to make sure they haven’t passed anything up. Itineraries can include witnessing a spectacular volcano eruption from the luxurious warmth of a hot spring or a rushing trip through a cloud forest canopy. Of course, there are those who will do both!

Costa Rica means “rich coast” in Spanish and the words are not lost of this country. Named by Christopher Columbus, the country was colonized in the mid 1500s with Spanish settlers heading for the fertile central highlands.

One of the country’s most important assets is its people. Gregarious and hospitable, the “Ticos” set themselves apart when it comes to welcoming visitors. Whether helping you out with some complicated road directions or finding a good place to eat, Costa Ricans will go out of their way to help out a puzzled visitor.

San Jose is the capital and is the most cosmopolitan area in the country. Visitors like to spend a few days here visiting city sights and enjoying shopping and dining. While the shopping and other attractions are worthwhile, take a few hours to visit the city’s many interesting museums and colorful markets. The best of the museums are the Museo Nacional, which has displays of Costa Rica archaeology, colonial furniture, costumes and religious art; and the Museo del Oro Precolombino, which houses a dazzling collection of pre – Colombian gold pieces. One of the most impressive city buildings is the Teatro Nacional or National Theater. Built in the 1890s, it hosts plays, operas, symphonic orchestra concerts and ballets.

Tour operators have honed their skills to a fine art. They cater to visitors in a way that will leave you with more than a passing desire to spend more time here. For nature lovers, the country does not lack for an extensive variety of sights. With over 15 different ecosystems, the traveler is exposed to a wide variety of flora and fauna, landscapes and ever-changing climate. You can enjoy a trek through the pristine cloud forest environment of Monteverde or drive up to the rim of a crater and enjoy the spectacular view. The choice is yours!

Speaking of choices, the beaches are plentiful and postcard perfect. Whether you’re in the area of Guanacaste. Puntarenas or the Caribbean, the fine sand beaches with easy accessibility are a treat to visit and a pleasure to behold.

We invite you to join us now on a paseo through the idyllic land that is Costa Rica!!