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About Jacó

The town of Jacó Beach is the closest readily accessible beach to San José and still has the reputation of being the "fun and sun" spot on the Pacific coast. Playa Jacó is considered the liveliest and most developed beach town on the Pacific coast. The number one attraction is the surf and surfers love the consistent beach break here and in neighboring Playa Hermosa. The active village is full of life at all hours of the day and night. There are souvenir shops, local clothing and artisan shops, ice-cream stands, close to 100 restaurants and bars, four casinos and several discotheques where you can dance until the wee hours of the night. For families, there is even a miniature-golf course, petting zoo and newly developed playground.

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica was relevantly undiscovered less than 10 years ago, except for the adventurous traveler or the ex-patriot looking for something different. Today Costa Rica is becoming a favorite destination for travelers. It has much to offer the traveler with its rich Latin American culture and the beautiful welcoming smiles of its approximately 3.8 million people. If you are looking for a warm friendly culture Costa Rica is the place for you.

Ticos as Costa Rican’s are known are friendly hard working people that take pride in their country and the fact that they have not had an army for more than 50 years. Unlike most of its neighbors Costa Rica has not undergone a civil war nor has there been any major military attack in modern history.

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As a traveler you can see the Ticos appreciation for their country in the preservation of their country. Over 28% of Costa Rica has been set aside as a National Park or Private Reserve. Part of the preservation is due to the fact that Costa Rican’s are very educated with over 96% literacy rate.

With tourism being one of Costa Rica’s main sources of revenue the industry has grown to meet the needs of travelers. A network of private tourist class shuttle/bus transportation has popped up in the past couple of years. As well as some amazing resorts that cater to Costa Rica’s most advanced form of tourism, eco tourism. In addition most towns have potable water, electricity, and cell phones are becoming increasingly popular.

Given all this Costa Rica boasts some of the most beautiful tropical beaches and exotic rainforests in Central America and the world. It is a land of active volcanoes and windswept mountaintops. Although Costa Rica is a small country, many tropical habitats are found within it – and they are protected by the best developed conservation program in Latin America.

With both Pacific and Caribbean coasts, there’s no shortage of beaches in Costa Rica. Some have been developed for tourism, while others are remote and rarely visited. For a relaxing seaside vacation, you can stay in a luxurious hotel or you can camp on a remote beach. Wherever you stay, you’re likely to find a preserved area within driving distance and monkeys in the trees.

Active volcanoes are surely one of the most dramatic natural sights, and few visitors to Costa Rica can resist the opportunity to peer into the crater of a smoking giant. Whether you want to take a guided bus tour to a volcanic summit or hike up through the rainforest and camp out amid a landscape of boiling mud pools and steaming vents, the information you need is within this tourism portal.

Apart from hiking and camping in rainforests, mountains, and on beaches, you can surf some of the best waves in Central America, and raft some of the most thrilling white water in the tropics. Pristine rivers tumble down the lower slopes of the mountains, and the riverbanks are clothed with curtains of rainforest – a truly unique white water experience. The rivers and lakes offer a beautiful setting for fishing and ocean sport fishing is definitely world class.

Costa Rican Facts

Location
Costa Rica is one of the small nations that together comprise the isthmus of Central America. The country's borders are defined by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. Because it is between two continents, and two oceans, this convergence of land and water makes the region a great bottleneck, rich in ecological diversity.

Location
Costa Rica is one of the small nations that together comprise the isthmus of Central America. The country's borders are defined by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. Because it is between two continents, and two oceans, this convergence of land and water makes the region a great bottleneck, rich in ecological diversity.

Area
51,100 sq km (19,929 square miles)

Geographic Division
Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces (States) which are: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas, & San José (Capital City) Here, geography constricts a breathtaking amount of plant and animal life within a modest 19,563 square miles (50,900 sq. km), an area comparable in size to Denmark or West Virginia. Within this diminutive nation is found an astonishing five percent of the world's bio-diversity, including more than 800 species of ferns, 1,000 of orchids, 2,000 kinds of trees, and 200 species of mammals. Both coastlines of Costa Rica have an abundance of beaches, though the Pacific strands are generally both less developed and less spacious. Between the coasts, the interior of the country is shaped by four cordilleras, or mountain ranges, which run from North to South. The capital, San Jose, rests roughly in the nation's center, settled within a highland valley. Cascading down to the Caribbean from the central mountains are Costa Rica's many great rivers, including the Reventazon. The Pacific side is marked by two broad peninsulas that hook out into the Pacific, the Nicoya and the Osa. It is a geographic curiosity that their shapes are almost identical, the Osa being a smaller rendition of the Nicoya.

Climate
Costa Rica's climate is renowned as an atmospheric treat. Mild subtropical conditions prevail year-round, and discomforting temperature extremes and prolonged periods of gray are practically nonexistent. Temperature varies mainly according to elevation, the higher the cooler. The brunt of the rainy season lasts from May through November, while a brief dry spell pays a visit from February to April. Costa Rica's rain falls mainly on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate.

Time
Costa Rica is the same as U.S. Central Standard Time, but does not observe daylight savings time.

Language
The most widely spoken language in Costa Rica is Spanish (97% of the population); although there are other native languages used mostly within the indigenous reserves. Many businesses, in and around San Jose, and resorts throughout the country have employees who also speak English.

Electricity
It is 100 volts. Plugs are two pronged without the grounding prong.

Currency & Exchange Rate
The Colon (¢1.00) is the national currency of Costa Rica. The exchange rate against the US dollar can vary day by day, you may convert US dollar to Colon. Check current rates Here»

Credit Cards
Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) can be easily found in most populated areas of Costa Rica. Most international credit cards are accepted throughout the country: Visa, Master Card and American Express.

Tipping
Most restaurants will include a 10% service charge at the bill. Taxi drivers generally do not receive a tip. If you are satisfied with the service you receive, hotel maids, tour guides and drivers would appreciate a tip.

Departure Tax
The average rate is US $26.00 as of late 2010.