The smell of the two oceans that flanked San Jose Costa Rica, and the winds of freedom that brush throughout its landscapes are the perfect frame for its tranquil and stable lifestyle. And as if all of this was not enough, this beautiful land has been blessed with a magnificent tropical climate, which is the perfect nourishment for the extensive banano and coffee plantations -products that are among the best in the region- scarred all over the country. Who in their right mind wouldn’t like to share Ticos’ -as Costa Ricans are known- luck?
San Jose’s geographical location is in itself an advantage, as it functions as a virtual entrance portal into the country’s natural beauty. Costa Rica is the most visited country in Central America, approximately a million tourist arrive to this country every year, this in contrast with Costa Rica’s total population which reaches 3 million.
The reason for this is that Costa Rica has everything to offer to its international visitors. For example; its architecture, with historical buildings like, the National Museum, the Metropolitan Cathedral, or the Post Office Building as well as interesting museums like, the Contemporary Art and Design Museum(MADC), and the Costa Rican Art Museum. Besides, in Costa Rica its beautiful water, mountains and exuberant fauna landscapes will surprise you. Another attraction is Costa Ricans way with people, almost a genetic feature in them, they are the kind of people who know how to enjoy life.
Imagine yourself in a place where the dilemmas you will face are the kind of, where should I go Now? To the Atlantic, or to the Pacific Ocean? Should I visit the sweet water lakes or the salty water ones? Or should I try Tican food or just go for an international treat. Feel like going there?
But do not just imagine it; start planning your trip to this beautiful land, which the Spaniard Conquistador Fernandez de Cordova named Costa Rica (Rich Shore) due to its exuberant fauna, its fertile soil and its fascinating wildlife.
Costa Rica lies in the southern part of Central America north of Panama, and has modern ports on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. The country covers an area of 51,000 square kilometers and has approximately four million inhabitants.
The capital, San Jose, is the heart of the so-called metropolitan area, which sprawls over 170 square kilometers with a population of approximately one million, including the floating population.
San Jose has many places of historic interest that speak volumes of the gradualist, peaceful, democratic way of life that has prevailed in Costa Rica and that is a sign of the country’s desire to progress, drawing on the best of what the world has to offer in each era.
Other important cities in Costa Rica are Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Liberia, and the ports of Limon and Puntarenas.
The Costa Rican workforce is broken down as follows: 40% in the service sector (electricity, gas and water, construction, transportation, tourism, finance and community services), 22% in agriculture, 17% in industry and 20% in commerce. It is worth pointing out that 85% of all services provided are in the private sector.
A distinguishing feature of Costa Rica is its stable democratic government, based on the division of powers into three branches: executive, legislative and judicial, and it is one of the few countries in the world that has no army, having decided it fifty years ago.
Location from the Airport
Juan Santamaría International Airport is 17 kilometers from downtown San Jose, and we recommend that you use the special orange airport taxis.
Costa Rica is at -06:00 GMT, six hours behind London.
The official currency is the Costa Rican Colon. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 colons, with 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000 colon bills. The most widely accepted foreign currency is the U.S. dollar, and in April 2001 the exchange rate was 318 colons to the dollar.
Costa Rica’s mountainous terrain is an important factor in determining its weather, although there are two clearly defined seasons: the dry season and the rainy season; rainy seasons vary in the different regions of the country.
The South Atlantic and Pacific areas enjoy a tropical climate, while in the rest of Costa Rica the rainy season lasts from May to November and the dry season from November to April.
The normal average temperature is 22° in the central valley and 21 to 32° in the coastal areas.