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.

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