Costa Rica

Costa Rica

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You may already be very familiar with Costa Rica and here is a short introduction:

Costa Rica is located in Central America and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country. The oldest democracy in Central and Southern America and it has not had an army since the year 1949 when it was abolished constitutionally.

Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it is home to more than 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory – as National Parks and Preservations.

Costa Rica has around 615 species of animal per 10,000 square miles. By comparison, the U.S. has 104.

Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment and offers great potential for the establishment of important multinational companies, thanks to high levels of education of its population, as well as the high standard of modern services, infrastructure and social and political stability.

Crime rates are low in Costa Rica. Serious crime is rare, but it does happen, and tends to be linked to internal crime among serious criminals. Petty theft does happen, especially in busy tourist areas and common sense plays a big role in avoiding crime.

Guns are strictly controlled in Costa Rica.

There have been no incidences of terrorism (domestic or international) in Costa Rica and you can read the US Government’s Travel Advisory Here and the UK Governent’s Travel Advisory Here

Costa Rica has a literacy rate of 97.8 percent, one of the highest in the world.

Costa Rica has a beautiful climate divided in the rainy season (May to November) and the dry season (December to May).

Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces, these are: San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon. Each province is subdivided into regions and these are subdivided into districts.

The country has as a marine territory known as Coco’s Island. It is a world-renowned natural reserve, located 548 kilometers from Cabo Blanco in the Pacific Ocean comprised of 2,400 hectares of land and 73,100 hectares of sea.

The highest mountain in Costa Rica, Cerro Chirripo, stands at 3,810 meters above sea level. Although not all of them are active, Costa Rica has around 200 volcanoes.

The official language is Spanish. The second language for a large portion of the population is English.

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