Guanacaste

With its arid plains, men on horseback, rodeos, and bullfights, the province of Guanacaste is steeped in the hacienda heritage. The region stretches from the cloud-tipped volcanoes of the Cordillera de Guanacaste to the marshes of the Rio Tempisque basin and the magnificent surf-washed beaches of Northern Nicoya.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that has unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations.

Location

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that has unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.


Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment and it offers great potential for the establishment of important multinational companies, thanks to the outstanding academic level of its population, as well as the high standard of modern services and social and political stability.

Climate

The CLIMATE of Costa Rica is almost as diverse as the landscape of this stunning country. Despite being less than 1,000 miles from the equator, Costa Rica has a range of different climatic conditions, some of which are affected by the delicate ecosystems that can be found across the country. Although it’s true that many parts of Costa Rica are hot and sunny, don’t make the mistake of assuming this will be the case wherever (and whenever) you visit, as the weather can vary quite widely from one region to the next.


SEASONS - Unlike North America, Costa Rica doesn’t have four distinct seasons. Instead, the country has two main periods – the dry season, and the green season. The dry season, which runs from late November until late

Culture

Costa Rican culture is a vibrant blend of indigenous cultures and Spanish colonial influence, with a dash of Jamaican, Chinese and other immigrant cultures lending character and customs. The result is a nation of faithful, friendly and happy people. A nation whose official language is Spanish, but where large portions of the populations speak English, Bribri, creole Maketelyu, and Mandarin Chinese as their first languages. A nation proud to be without an army (Costa Ricans disbanded their armed forces in 1949). A nation with a long history of public services, including education and healthcare, available to all and proud to share its cultural riches.

April is also known as the high season or summer. During these months, the weather in many parts of the country is very warm and dry. However, in some provinces, seasonally cool winds offer some respite from the heat, particularly in January and February. Temperatures typically reach the highest in March and April at the peak of the dry season. In contrast, the green season, also known as the rainy season, runs from May through November. Although temperatures rarely drop below the mid-60s (around 18 degrees Celsius), the overall climate is much wetter, and torrential rains are far from unusual, especially in the afternoon. During June and July, Costa Rica often experiences short dry spells, but in September and October, the amount of rain can make getting around some parts highly problematic, as landslides and other natural obstacles become more common.

Central Highlands

The main entryway to the country, the Central Valley offers a variety of tourist, cultural and natural attractions, including Costa Rica’s best museums: The Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children’s Contemporary Art and Design Museums. In addition, this region is home to the architectural jewel of Costa Rica: The National Theater. All of these are located in the country’s capital. The national parks located in the Valley – Poas, Braulio Carrillo, Irazu and Turrialba – protect the region’s main volcanoes.

Southern Zone

From world-class surfing and sports fishing to hardy mountain hikes and scuba diving with hammerhead sharks, Costa Rica's remote south is a setting for splendid adventures. Pre- Columbian relics lie smothered in jungles that offer some of the finest wildlife viewing in the nation. The country's largest indigenous communities live in isolated mountain retreats in this region.

Central Pacific

Fine white beaches are scattered along the shores of southern Nicoya, while the sun-drenched central Pacific coastline is pummeled by non-stop surf and fringed with forest. The region acts as a transition between two ecosystems-the drier Meso-American to the north and the humid Andean to the south-with flora and fauna of both ecosystems. As a result, its wildlife reserves, such as Parque Nacional Manuel Antonia, are among the nation's best.

San Jose

Nestled amid craggy peaks, the capital city enjoys a splendid setting and idyllic weather. Its magnificent Teatro Nacional and outstanding museums add to San Jose's  attractions. The city's strongest draw, however, is its location in the heart of Costa Rica, which is ideal for hub-and-spoke touring. For many visitors, San Jose is their first experience of the country< providing an intriguing introduction to the pleasures that await farther afield.

Northern Zone

The Northern provinces are Costa Rica's flatland's- a gentle landscape quilted in pastures, fruit plantations, and by mid rain-forest. This wide-open canvas is framed be a dramatic escarpment of mountains. The extreme north of this perennially wet region is a world of seasonally flooded lagoons and migratory water fowl, while the mountains in the south are cloaked in dense forests, which are protected in a series of national parks and wildlife reserves.