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Costa Rica is a National Park, or at least that's what it seems
like once you get out of San Jose.
Costa Rica Travel and Tourist Information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Accommodation, Costa Rica National Parks, Costa Rica Tourism, Costa Rica
Tours, Costa Rica Travel Guides, Costa Rica Travel Tips, Learning Spanish, Limon Province,
Map of Costa Rica, Puntarenas Province,
San Jose, Southern Costa Rica.
Countries neighbouring Costa Rica are: Nicaragua
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The capital of Costa Rica is on the central plateau of the
country, at an altitude of 1,170 m. Founded in 1736 as Villa Nueva, the new town became
the country's capital in 1823.
San Jose contains an 18th-century cathedral and some Spanish colonial
buildings, but most of the city looks scruffy.
The National Museum holds exhibitions of art and natural history. If
you've been to Paris you may note that the National Theatre bears a resemblance to the
On August 2 of every year, Costa Ricans celebrate the Day of Our Lady
of Angels, the Patron Saint of Costa Rica. Thousands of Costa Ricans take part in a huge
procession, that ends up in the Basilica of Los Angeles; a cathedral in
Cartago, 20 kilometres from San Jose.
Buses in San Jose
If you intend to take a bus in Downtown San Jose, it is recommended
to have the exact amount for the bus fare, before you go out of your hotel. Do not take
your money out of your pocket in the streets, and do not stand on the stairs of the bus
for long. If you do, the bus driver may be rude with you because you are delaying him.
Find bus, train and ship connections in Costa Rica. The 'List of Stopping Points' button
lets you easily select your departure and arrival points; automatically filling them in on
the main form for you.
Detailed Costa Rica maps including provincial, city, national parks, historic, political,
physical and road maps.
The Southern Pacific region of Costa Rica is the country's richest
and most diverse area. Its national parks are pristine, offering unparalleled
opportunities to observe and enjoy nature.
Lush tropical forests, majestic peaks, rolling hills and a wealth of
marine habitats are among the its many geographic attractions.
Villas Rio Mar:
Ten thatched roof bungalows with 4 rooms each, landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, tennis
court and a Palenque style restaurant. Located on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa
Rica, just outside the small village of Playa Dominical.
La Mariposa Hotel:
Elegant romantic, honeymoon, and wedding accommodations in tropical gardens on the Pacific
Coast of Costa Rica.
Unspoiled and virgin, the Osa Peninsula is one of the most
biologically diverse natural reserves in the world. A land where the outstanding scenery
of the tropical rainforest mixes with the richness and calm beauty of the Golfo Dulce and
the Pacific Ocean.
Luxury villas strategically located on the Golfo Dulce Forestal Reserve, Peninsula de Osa;
between the Corcovado National Park and Las Esquinas and Piedras Blancas National Parks.
Manuel Antonio National Park:
This park is just south of Quepos. on the Pacific Coast, 132 km from San Jose. It is so
popular perhaps because of its expensive white sand beaches backed by an evergreen forest
that grows right up to the high-tide line.
There is some excellent information on this super site, but even the best intentioned text
can never compare with the beauty of undisturbed nature.
Both Playa Grande and Playa Langosta are protected nesting areas for the giant leatherback
turtle, and are part of the Costa Rican national park system. The turtles arrive to lay
their eggs from October to March.
One of Costa Rica's major provinces includes the entire Caribbean
coast up to the Talamanca mountain range.
Christopher Columbus apparently
visited the Native American village of Cariari in 1502, upon which Puerto Limon was built
in 1871. The railway was built 20 years later to speed up the shipping of Costa Rican
The city is the second largest in Costa Rica and is differentiated
from the rest of Costa Rica by its heavy Caribbean influence. In October, Puerto Limon
plays host to a huge carnival that attracts visitors from all over the world.
Visitors can relax on the nearby beaches or take a walk in Vargas Park
and view the botanical gardens.
Away From Puerto Limon
Puerto Limon is also an ideal gateway for visits to other
beautiful towns and areas:
The canals at Tortugero, for the green sea turtle nesting grounds.
Cahuita, home to a National Park bearing the name and Costa Rica's
largest coral reef.
Puerto Viejo, a lively tourist town with great restaurants.
Manzanillo, where the national park is home to freshwater dolphin,
manatees and other natural sites.
Village of Parismina
Parismina is a village in the Limon province of Costa
about half way between Tortuguero and Limon on the Tortuguero canals. Ecotourism and sport
fishing opportunities abound in this untouched beachfront paradise.
Blessed with the same abundance of sea turtles found in Tortuguero,
the village of Parismina is a great (and more
affordable) alternative to visiting Tortuguero.
Attractions in Puntarenas province include:
Puerto Jimenez, on the Osa Peninsula, and home to the Corcovado
San Vito, near the Panama border, where Italian immigrants settled 50
years ago with some of the best pizza recipes in Costa Rica. Here you'll also find the
country's largest concentration of indigenous peoples and primary rainforest.
There's great scuba diving on this coast, to islands such as Isla de
Cano; off of luxurious Drake's Bay.
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Cleanly presented information from history and culture, to geography and the weather.
Tourism in Costa Rica:
Plan your trip to Costa Rica with the help of the Costa Rica Tourism Board.
Costa Rica News
The Tico Times:
The Tico Times Online provides a brief review of the weekly print edition.
Cheap Hotels and
Hostels in Costa Rica.
Hotel Vista Golfo:
(The Miramar Golden Hills Hotel)
A small, quiet hotel located in the middle range mountains (2100ft above
sea level), Hotel Vista Golfo offers comfortable rooms with private and
hot water bathrooms. Adventure Tours
can also be arranged.
Centrally located between San Jose and Guanacaste the hotel is a perfect starting point
for trips to Costa Rica's Cloud Forest or Isla Tortuga.
Costa Rica Earth:
Trading as Costa Rica Tour and Travel since 1997, Costa Rica Earth is owned and operated
by Costa Ricans with the main objective is of providing useful information and assistance
for travellers around the world.
Money back guarantee. They feel so strongly that a guide is the single most important
element of a successful trip that they'll give you your money back if you don't agree.
J and C Tours:
Located on the Northern Pacific side of Costa Rica in a fun beach town, Playas del Coco,
the company specialise in private and small group tours and transportation in Guanacaste;
with information on the best beaches and hotels in the area.
Tourist Information Flamingo:
(Claudias Bike Rentals)
Claudia Hladik provides free, helpful advice to travellers visiting Flamingo, Potrero,
Surfside, and Brasilito; an area of Guanacaste province great for sailing, horseback
riding, diving, canopy tours, sport fishing and surfing.
Learning Spanish in Costa
You'll enjoy Costa Rica more if you can speak Spanish and you'll enjoy learning Spanish
while immersing yourself in the culture of Costa Rica.
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