Costa Rica isn't all rainforests and sandy beaches. The capital of San José is one of the country's cultural hubs, and thousands of visitors come here every year to learn more about Costa Rica and its fascinating heritage. Some people take taxis everywhere, but tourists who want to experience the real Costa Rica - and save some money in the process - may want to take the bus to see the sights of this remarkable country.
Every year, thousands of people flock to Costa Rica to see its incredible stretches of beach, lush jungles and rainforests, and majestic mountain ranges. But what are the people like? Come with me and let's find out!
Costa Ricans are often referred to as Ticos, a word derived from hermanticos, which means little brothers. This sums up the essence of the Costa Rican people really well, as they value family, community and togetherness.
The kinds of people who visit Costa Rica are almost as diverse as the exotic plants and animals found in the depths of the rainforest. However, whether they're here to explore the tropical beaches or see the jungle from the treetops on a canopy tour, tourists may find that some items are indispensable on their vacation. What should you pack before you come to Costa Rica
When I'm out exploring the rainforests of Costa Rica, I can't help but wonder what things used to be like a long time ago. Although a lot of people come here for the beaches and tropical climate, others visit Costa Rica to learn more about our rich culture and history. Let's explore how Costa Rica came to be!
Some experts believe that human settlements in Costa Rica can be traced back as far as 10,000 years! However, it wasn't until famous explorer Christopher Columbus landed in the province of Limon in 1508 that the Colonial period of Costa Rica's history began. Before Columbus arrived, the country was referred to as the Intermediate Area, as what is now Costa Rica was nestled between the Mesoamerican and Andean cultural regions to the north and south.
When I'm out and about exploring Costa Rica, I see a lot of people carrying surfboards on their way to the beach. Although I don't personally tend to hang around the beach much, being a tree frog and all, surfing is one of the most popular things to do on a vacation in Costa Rica.
Since we only have two seasons here, choosing when to hit the beach on a surfing vacation is a matter of personal preference. Many surfers choose to visit between December to April, as the weather is hot and the seasonal rains have yet to fall. However, tourists should know that because of the incredible weather during the dry season, the beaches can get pretty crowded. If visitors want a little more space to test the waters, a visit during the wet season between May and November may be best.
Costa Rica is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire. This area spans several continents and features more than 450 active volcanoes! For a relatively small country, Costa Rica has three main areas of volcanic activity - Guanacaste, the Central Volcanic Range and the Talamanca region. Ricon de la Vieja, Orosi, Miravalles, Tenorio and Arenal volcanoes are located in Guanacaste, Poas, Barva, Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes are found in the central region, and the Talamanca range has one active volcano, El Viejo.
Hi, and welcome to the Go Visit Costa Rica blog! My name's Javi, and I'm a tree frog! I live in the rainforest with my brothers and sisters, and I'll be telling you all sorts of fun and interesting facts about all the amazing things to see and do here.Costa Rica is a very small country, located in Central America. Nicaragua borders us to the north, and Panama to the south. Even though Costa Rica is pretty tiny compared to some countries, as much as 5 percent of the entire world's biodiversity is found here! Visitors spending time here can see some incredible animals and plant life they just won't see anywhere else.