About Costa Rica
The Republic of Costa Rica is located in Central America. The country is bordered to the north by Nicaragua, northeast by the Caribbean Sea, southeast to Panama, southwest to the Pacific Ocean. The largest and capital city of Costa Rica is the beautiful San José. Costa Rica’s climate is divided into hot summer or dry season that starts from December to April and its rainy season usually happens from May to November. Spanish is the primary language spoken of the Costa Ricans and it is also a home to some of the local dialects like; Maléku, Cabécar and Bribri. Its indigenous biodiversity is protected and well-guarded contributing to the world’s cinematic curiosity and a special place for all the wonders of nature that leads to one of a kind discoveries and explorations. Its rich culture, interesting history and friendly residents brings out the best qualities in this beautiful and peaceful country of Costa Rica.
1. Hollywood RoleAlmost half of the world has already seen the rare beauty of the Island of Cocos. Pretty sure, we were awed by the richness of greens surrounding the the island in the first part of the hollywood movie, Jurassic Park. An appreciation for the movie Jurassic Park and for Costa Rica for absolutely making it real. Indeed, the fictional Isla Nublar does exist only in Costa Rica. The Isla del Coco or Cocos Island is the National Park of Costa Rica and was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. For the reason that this is a protected area of Costa Rica, access to the island is very limited among tourists and ship crew members and even to the cast of the “Jurassic Park Movie”. No one is allowed to stay overnight to prevent the collecting of flora or minerals of the island.
2. Turtle Rich CountryIn Costa Rica, there’s something always to look forward to. One of the spectacular and unique events is the synchronized laying of eggs or large-scale nesting of the marine turtles in the isolated beaches of Costa Rica. During the arrival of the turtles or “arribada”, turtles would gather and spent several days in the shoreline to dig holes in the sand and lay their precious baby eggs. Arribada only happens once in a year during the last quarter moon and during the darkest nights before the new moon comes in. So, it’s a must to mark off your calendar to be able to witness these amazing mother turtles contributing to the world’s diverse animals. The country is also a home to the world’s seven species of marine turtles namely; Flatbacks, Loggerheads, Pacific and Atlantic Greens, Hawksbills, Kemp’s Olive Ridleys, and Leatherback.
3. Perfect Round Spheres in Costa RicaThe beautiful stone spheres or stone balls of Costa Rica is primarily located on the Diquis Delta and Isla del Caño. These stone balls are attributed to the pre-Columbian indigenous of Costa Rica called “diquis”. Due to its significant impact on the history and culture of Costa Rica, the stone balls are regarded as a national symbol. The stone balls are excellent in its roundness and sometimes considered that they originated in Atlantis. Most Costa Ricans consider this beautiful spheres as a symbol of power, creativity, teamwork and status. These stone spheres called the attention of the whole world due to its mystery of how it was perfectly sculpted into its round-shape and how it was transported during its ancient history.
4. Affordable Sumptous National DishThere’s always rice and beans included in every Costa Rican meal. What really captured the heart of the Costa Ricans is the Gallo Pinto dish. This dish consists a mixture of white rice and red beans stir-fried and combined with herbs, vegetables and seasonings like cilantro and red pepper. This is usually served during breakfast with fried or scrambled eggs. This extra special dish is not to be misunderstood by the word “Pinto”, which means a dish that is very affordable prices. Although, it’s very affordable this dish is sumptous and a must-try food in Costa Rica. A little tip from the Costa Ricans is to soak the dried beans overnight to minimize the cooking time.
5. Lively Festival of PalmaresOne of the biggest and most anticipated cultural events in the country is the Fiestas Palmares held every January. The festival is a cowboy party composed of lavishly horse parades, horse decorating, carnival rides, rodeos, musical dance, soccer games, colorful lantern parade, and comedy performance and non-stop beer-drinking sessions for everyone. The visitors and locals always look forward to the bull-fighting challenge of the Toros a La Tica. Throughout the party, the celebration is filled with the sounds of Costa Rica’s popular local music artists. Sway your hips while drinking beer and mingle with the crowd and get to know the friendly and spontaneous Costa Ricans.
6. Peaceful CountryThe Costa Ricans are naturally friendly and want peace as much as possible in their country and their relationship to other countries as well. They welcome each visitor with a happy smile and sees them as a friend. It is no surprise that the country has abolished its armed forces and increase its allocated budget for more productive things like education, health, and welfare of the Costa Ricans. Truly, a great place to explore and experience one of a kind country.