Costa Rica is one of the principal countries in Central America.
Nicaragua is located to its north and Panama to the South. The
official language is Spanish, however Mekatelyu and Bribri are
recognized. Costa Rica split from Spain in 1821 and implemented a
demoncratic constitution in 1949. The country is unusual in that the
majority of its inhabitants are Caucasian. It has a population of
around 5 million and its currency is the Colon. The capital and
largest city is San Jose.
Travel visas are not required for most countries. Detailed lists
are available from Costa
Rica Tourism or check your specific country at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
Visa. The list of countries not requiring a visa for 30
day visits is extensive. Travel visas for 90 day visits are not required for North America,
Australia and western Europe. A yellow fever certificate may be
requested when arriving from countries suseptible to the disease. When visiting
Costa Rica by cruise
ship, no documentation other than a passport is required.
The currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon.
Costa Rica has been a popular tourist and retirement destination, due
in large part to its low cost of living. Temperatures in Costa Rica
are remarkably consistent year round. Expect highs of 27 C (81 F) and
lows of 18 C (64 F) regardless of the month. Rainfall is
heavy in almost every month of the year, but there is a dry season on the
Pacific Coast in the winter months and two short dry seasons on the
Atlantic Coasts in spring and fall.