About Costa Rica
Costa Rica occupies a territory of around 20,000 square miles. Nestled in the southern part of Central America —an area about the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined—Costa Rica contains about 5% of the world’s plant and animal species.
Impressive volcanoes, mountains in the clouds, jungles and tropical rivers, world-class surfing, and a beautiful coast: Costa Rica offers all of this and more. Internationally renowned for both its spectacular nature and its friendly people, Costa Rica is also one of the world’s most popular destinations for ecotourists. Around one quarter of the country’s land area is in protected national parks, wildlife refuges, and nature reserves—the largest percentage of protected areas in the world. Around 700 species of birds have been identified in Costa Rica, and five of the world’s seven species of marine turtles nest on the shores of Central America, including the sandy beaches of Costa Rica.
Because Costa Rica abolished their military in 1848, the money that might have gone into the military has been spent on education and health care. In fact, Costa Rica enjoys one of the highest literacy rates in the world. Today Costa Rica has the highest standard of living and the lowest infant mortality rate in Central America, and the greatest degree of economic and social advancement.
Additionally, Costa Rica has outlawed hunting for sport and has dedicated more than 25 percent of the nation’s land to help preserve the earth’s biodiversity with a system of national parks, biological reserves, wildlife refuges, and wildlife corridors. Costa Rica has also committed to being completely carbon neutral by 2021.
Facts About Costa Rica
• Area: 51,100 square kilometers
• Population: 4 million
• Capital: San José (pop. 1 million)
• Language: Spanish
• Location: Central America between Nicaragua & Panama (8°–11° N of equator)
• Currency: Colon ($1.00 U.S.= approx. 530 colones, rate varies) Bills: 10,000, 5,000, and 1,000
• Religion: 90 percent of Costa Ricans are Roman Catholic
• Time Zone: Central Standard Time (They do not observe daylight savings time.)
Did You Know?
January and February are perfect for a Costa Rica getaway. The dry season has just begun and the weather is ideal. Typically, high temperatures are in the mid-80s and evening temperatures never go below 70°. Temperatures in and around Nosara from January through February usually average 75–95 degrees Fahrenheit with little rain and few bugs.
Costa Rica is a recognized “blue zone,” a geographic area of the world where more people live past 100 years than in other places. What’s the secret to a Blue Zone community? Living a good, healthy life—which you’ll experience at Omega Costa Rica.