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COSTA RICA

Return to Central America
The Pacific, Manuel Antonio National Park
The Pacific, Manuel Antonio National Park

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.

Visas:

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.

Currency:

The currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon.

Weather:

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. 


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