Javi the Frog

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.

The people here are really friendly, and they care a lot about the environment. In fact, Costa Rica is aiming to become the world's first carbon-neutral country by 2021. We're also the "greenest" country in the world - pardon the pun!

Costa Rica is quite literally a tropical paradise. The weather is warm and humid all year long, which is great news for tree frogs like me! We don't really have a winter, as we're very close to the Equator, but Costa Rica's seasons are divided into the rainy season which lasts from May through November, and the dry season. However, our rain isn't like the rain that many visitors will have experienced back home - the heavy downpours sustain the lush, green jungles and exotic plants that attract travelers from all over the world.

The country is separated into seven distinct provinces, each with their own unique attractions and sights. Although Costa Rica is small, there are 27 national parks and 136 nature reserves and protected areas across the country, ranging from coastal island refuges to dense rainforests. For example, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve alone is home to more than 400 species of tropical bird and 100 species of mammals. Costa Rica is also home to the fastest lizard in the world, the spiny tailed iguana - although you've got to be quick to see them!

So, without further ado, let's find out about all the fun things that people can see and do in this amazing country!