Costa Rica Vacation Guide

Monteverde Costa Rica

Costa Rica Vacation Guide

 

Your Costa Rica vacation is so much more than just a destination.  It is an interactive sensory experience. The country has an enormous array of environmental attractions. Some of these are majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Costa Rica has a fascinating ecological story, woven into the history of a peaceful and family-oriented culture.

Costa Rica is approximately the same size as West Virginia. With over 500,000 plant and animal species, Costa Rica is one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries. Scientists have estimated that close to 4 percent of the Earth’s species live in Costa Rica.

There are many places on the internet to get information about a Costa Rica Vacation.  A very good place to start is at www.anywhere.com/costa-rica.

There are a few things that are important to know about Costa Rica before visiting. The following Costa Rica travel tips will help you better understand the country. The busiest travel times in Costa Rica are during Christmas and New Year’s, as well as the week leading up to Easter Sunday, which is known as Semana Santa, or “Holy Week.” If you plan to travel during these weeks you must book your vacation rental well in advance — but it’s a better idea to simply plan your visit to Costa Rica for another time.

Costa Rica’s unit of curency is the colon, which hovers between 560 – 580 colones/ $1 USD. U.S. dollars are widely accepted, provided the bill is not too large ($50 and $100 bills are rarely accepted). Hotels and tours generally list their prices in dollars. Compared to the rest of Central America, prices in Costa Rica are relatively high, due in large part to the country’s high standard of living. Typical Costa Rican food and produce is quite inexpensive, while imported products are priced similarly to U.S. prices. A typical Costa Rican breakfast and lunch will cost around 2000-5000 colones ($4-10).

Costa Rica is a peaceful country, and has not had a standing army since 1948. The government provides free education for citizens through the 11th grade, as well as healthcare. Citizens of Costa Rica enjoy a high standard of living — there is a 96 percent literacy rate and an average life expectancy of 78 years.

Costa Rica’s economy revolves around foreign investment and tourism. In the past decade Costa Rica has attracted businesses from the United States, including IBM, Dell, and Western Union. 25 percent of the country is devoted to national parks and reserves, and Costa Rica has put a stop to the deforestation.

Pura Vida World specializes in being a vacation rental property for people coming from the United States.  We love the experience so much that we want other U.S. citizens to enjoy it as well.

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