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Officially the Republic of Costa Rica, this Central American Country is bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica means ‘rich coast’ in Spanish. The capital city for Costa Rica is San Jose.
Costa Rica’s economy is focused on global high-tech companies, manufacturing, and eco-tourism. Corporations with facilities and office space in Costa Rica include Intel (chip manufacturing), GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals), and Procter & Gamble (consumer products). As a pioneer in the ecotourism market, Costa Rica attracts tourists to its national parks and reserves.
Entertainment And Dining Out
In Costa Rica you will have plenty of opportunity to go to the beach. Options include Corcovado - a black sand beach bordered by tropical rainforest, Dominical – a popular surfing and nightlife choice, Jacó - San Jose’s party beach with surfing, casinos and a vibrant nightlife, Montezuma – a fun, eclectic beach for surfers, and Playa Grande – a laid-back white sand beach that is used by the leatherback sea turtle for nesting. The cuisine in Costa Rica features foods simmered in a pot, blending flavours. It isn’t spicy, and consists of dishes such as Gallo pinto - rice and beans, onion, and cilantro. This is a popular breakfast dish, but is also served at lunch or dinner. Another popular lunch dish is Casado - rice and beans with meat, chicken or fish, typically served with salad and fried plantain.
Costa Rica has a number of airports, including Juan Santamaría Airport which is situated near the cities of Alajuela, Heredia, and San Jose. The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) is located near Liberia and is the one near the Pacific Northwest coast. The Tobías Bolaños International Airport is in San José, just 15 minutes from the city centre. Costa Rica offers bus services from Panamá, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala. There is also boat service from Los Chiles, Costa Rica to San Carlos, Nicaragua.