About Costa Rica

In Costa Rica the tourist can enjoy lovely tropical beaches, the grandest adventures, the wonders of nature, an amazing culture, and all the necessary components of an ideal vacation that is why thousands of tourists have made Costa Rica their top travel choice. 


Land of peace, Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Latin America, with more than 100 years of political stability. Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. Its varied landscapes and mild climate make this small country the perfect getaway for a spectacular vacation and medical or health tourism. The country is divided in seven wonderful provinces, each one with lots of amazing features.


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There are many amazing places to visit in this province. Some of its most beautiful attractions are: The Poás Volcano a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. In addition, it is a place full of biodiversity. La Paz Waterfalls wildlife preserver with over 100 species of animals and the biggest butterfly farm of the world. The Northern Plains has hot springs, waterfalls, and the marvelous Arenal; the most spectacularly active volcano in Costa Rica. Hotels in the region tout their views of the lava flows and red hot boulders ejected from the volcano glowing in the darkness. In addition, Alajuela has lots of beautiful mountains, the largest sweet-water lake the Arenal Lagoon, beautiful hotels and the International Airport Juán Santamaría near the capital.

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There are several things to try in this province. This is a land that has lots of mountains, volcanoes and the best White Water Rafting opportunities in Costa Rica's Central Highlands. Cartago has numerous farmer villages with different plantations producing coffee, vegetables, sugar cane, potatoes, macadamia nuts, pejibayes, and ornamental plants. Coffee and Costa Rica were meant for each other, and they have grown and prospered together, complementing each other in the pursuit of excellence. Also, Cartago has National Parks and Protected Wildlife Refuges like the Zapantí National Park, the Irazú Volcano National Park, and the Guayabo National Monument, which is the largest and most important archaeological site discovered in Costa Rica.

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This hot and dry province features the so called magnificent "Gold Coast" of the Northern Pacific Region; it has lots of elegant and beautiful beaches and a paradise for sport-fishermen, surfers and sun-lovers. It also features an active volcano, the Rincón de la Vieja, and wide Prairies with lots of cattle raising, sugar cane, and rice plantations. The place was baptized after a famous Guanacaste tree that grows in the neighborhood.

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The so called "flower province". This place is full of surprises, high mountains, jungle, plains, volcanoes, rivers, monuments and many Suburbs of the Central Highlands. Heredia goes all way to Nicaragua and offers an immense variety of nature activities on the way. From River Nature and Canopy Tours to Bird Watching you'll find just about everything. In Heredia one can find some industrial zones, but most of the area is dedicated to agriculture growing coffee, vegetables, sugar cane, fruits, corn, beans, dairy-farming, flower and plant exportation.

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It is situated along the Caribbean Sea on the Atlantic Coast with some of the most beautiful beaches, nature attractions and parks of Costa Rica, like the Tortuguero National Park, the Bri Bri Indians Reserve with the largest indigenous tribe in the country, Banana Port and a Caribbean-style, multi-ethnic, laid-back atmosphere you won't find anywhere else. This province stretches all way from Panama to Nicaragua. The name of the Province comes from a Lemon Tree that was found in front of the governor's office which was unique of its class. The principal activities of the area are banana, pineapple, and palm-oil production as well as pejibaye, cocoa, bamboo, fruits and coconut.

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This one is the most important province for tourism, stretching all way from the beach towns of Mal País, Montezuma, Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula to Panama with an endless variety of large undisturbed beaches and breathtaking sunsets. But it also covers mountain areas like Monteverde and Tilarán. It has the biggest number of hotels in the country and a variety of vacation activities like Rainforest Trams, Crocodile Tours, swimming with Dolphins, the best Surf in all Latin America, and many famous National Parks like Manuel Antonio. It also offers some of areas with the greatest Bio Diversity of the world in the Absolute Natural Reserve of Cabo Blanco, Dominical, as well as the Corcovado National Park near Drake Bay and the Piedras Blancas National Park near Golfito.

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San José

The capital province of Costa Rica is San José, also called the hub of Costa Rica in the Central Valley and the nation's largest city. It is home of an endless list of Suburbs in the Central Highlands where most of the population and businesses of Costa Rica reside. The province of San José offers also some of the highest mountains with high peaks like the Cerro de la Muerte and Chiripó with 3821m, and with Braulio Carillo one of the largest and least disturbed National Park, as well as wild mountain valleys like the one of the Savegre River. In 2006 the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture.

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The Ticos

The Ticos, as Costa Ricans are commonly known, are famous for their hospitality, and are quite happy to live up to their reputation. They are well-educated and hard working people, who are quick with a handshake and a smile. They are well aware of the special land they have, and most likely they will help foreigners when they get lost, even explaining things that might seem bizarre to foreigners, and making their stay as enjoyable as possible. People say the Ticos are their nation's greatest asset, and once you've experienced their friendliness and spontaneity, you'll have no doubt to that regard. costa rica pura vidacosta rica selecosta rican flag costa rican dance