Facts About Costa Rica

Capital: San Jose located in the central valley

Population: 4.5 million residents

Size: 23,000 Sq. miles, or about the size of West Virginia

Resort Map Location: In central America, bordered by Nicaragua on the north and Panama to the south. The country is made up of seven provinces: San Jose, Cartago, Alajeula, Heredia, Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limon.
Los SueƱos is scenic route approximately a 50 mile drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Transportation can be arranged between the resort and airport. All major US carriers fly directly to San Jose.

Climate: Subtropical. Costa Rica’s latitude is 8 to 12 degrees north of the equator. The average temperatures range from 50 in the mountain areas to 80 degrees at the beach. The average temperature in this area is 82 degrees. The “green season”, or rainy season lasts runs from May to October, while dry season lasts from November to April. The green season is really a wonderful time to enjoy the lush foliage.

Electrical Voltage: 110 Same as the U.S

Monetary Unit/Value: Colon – 517 to $1 as of May-09 Everyone accepts US Dollars

Entry Requirements: Foreigners need a valid passport and are allowed to stay 90 days without visa or vaccination requirements.

Departure Tax: Approximately $26

Language: Spanish, although most Ticos (native Costa Ricans) also speak English

Government: Independent democracy since 1848; the nation disbanded its army in 1948

Economy: Based largely on tourism, agriculture and electrical exports

Local Cuisine: Gallopinto (rice and beans), casado (rice, beans, meat or fresh seafood and salad), corn dishes, fruits, and natural ingredients. An array of international cuisine is available from a host of gourmet restaurants throughout the area.