Costa Rica general information
Costa Rica is a small but beautiful and intensely biodiverse country in Central America. With just 51.100 square kilometers it hosts a great variety of flora and fauna both on land and in the water. Costa Rica has been steadily and increasingly becoming a very popular tourist destination because of this, because of its mild-moderate tropical climate and because the people in this country are characterized by being friendly and hospitable. This mindset has always been part of the Costa Rica population, and in efforts to make their country, a model for peace and prosperity abolished the army in 1948. It is not that there are no people to defend the country because there are cops and heavily armed police forces for that, but an army as an institution was disassembled more than 60 years ago.
Costa Rica ’s favorite tourist destinations are the beach towns and the locations near National Parks and Volcanoes. The most popular destination in Costa Rica in the north pacific province of Guanacaste and it’s multiple dry-forest climate beaches like Santa Cruz, Papagayo, Hermosa, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Samara, Montezuma amongst many others available. After that, the province of Puntarenas in the central and south pacific is very visited too. Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Sierpe, Uvita, Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez, and Zancudo are the most popular destinations in this province of Costa Rica.
Closely matched by the number of people that visits these areas, the Atlantic or Carribean coast and the Northern Highlands of Costa Rica are third on our list. On the Atlantic Coast tourist like to head out to Barra del Colorado, Tortuguero, Parismina, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, and Manzanillo. On the Northern Highlands Monteverde, La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano, and Caño Negro are the most visited localities.
San Jose – Costa Rica
Then there are also the very picturesque towns in and around the Greater Metropolitan Area, which is comprised of the towns of San Jose (Costa Rica’s Capital City) Alajuela, Heredia, and Cartago. Together they comprise the most densely populated areas in the country but also host a lot of activities and entertainments for the passing by the tourist.