About Costa Rica
Well known around the world as one of the most peaceful and oldest democracies in the world with no army since 1948.
Costa Rica is a destination that offers multiple options of vacation, is the leader in adventure travel and ecotourism, but also a favorite destination for health and wellness tourism, educational tourism and youth tourism. As a country, we are preparing, too, to compete in the tourism of congresses and meetings.
In just 51 000 square kilometers, Costa Rica represents the 5 percent of global biodiversity. Our country has become one of the favorite destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism lovers.
More than 25% of our land is set aside in perpetuity for conservation purposes as Wildlife Refuges, Protected Areas and many National Parks. In Costa Rica we can find more than 4% of the world’s biodiversity, being such a small country that is an impressive figure. This allows you to see all kinds of wildlife including four species of monkeys, turtles, caimans, birds, amphibians plus an immense variety of Flora.
Costa Rica is full of “Micro-Climates” ranging from the Tropical Rain Forest, Dry Forest, Cloud Forest and semi Paramus forests. Visitors have found this country to be a sanctuary of flora and fauna.
Costa Rica offers many exciting ways to immerse yourself in its the consummate destination for exploring ecosystems and connecting with a peaceful culture.
One thing that makes Costa Rica such a wonderful place to visit is that for such a small country it offers an extraordinary range of outdoor adventures.
People of all ages can enjoy safe and thrilling adventure activities; and if one thrill is not enough, there are plenty of others to experience - river rafting, ocean kayaking, cave exploration, rappelling down waterfall canyons, zooming on ATVs, or perhaps flying across the jungle on a zip line. The country is an adventure-seeker’s Paradise for sure.
Weather and Climate
The Continental Divide runs through the country’s interior and weather patterns from both the Pacific and Caribbean sweep across the divide’s verdant slopes. Costa Rica’s northernmost regions tend to be more flat and arid and have dry tropical forest, while increased humidity and precipitation creates lush jungles in the south. The country’s rainiest months, termed the “green season,” start in May and run until early December. The dry season typically lasts from December through April. Weather along the Pacific coast tends to follow these patterns. The Caribbean coast, however, is much less predictable and can receive rain throughout the year.
Much of Costa Rica’s biological diversity can be attributed to its location between two continents, as well as its numerous microclimates, which vary by elevation amid the country’s mountainous and volcanic landscapes. Having a well-grounded and realistic understanding about Costa Rica's weather patterns will help travelers plan their trip and avoid unpleasant surprises.
The Ticos: Costaricans
Those who know Ticos consider them to be very polite and happy people. We invite you to Costa Rica to discover a wonderful new world and a new kind of experience!