Costa Rica is in the southern part of Central America, surrounded by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The other countries forming Central America are Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras. Costa Rica, whose official name is “Republic of Costa Rica” means Rich Coast in Spanish. It has a population of approximately 5 million, its Capital city is San Jose and its telephone dialing code is +506. Costa Rica’s currency is called the Costa Rican colón but the US dollar is also widely accepted and you can withdraw either currencies at most bank machines in the country.
Costa Rica has a great number of tribes and Indigenous people spread over its territory. The Native Costa Ricans are the people who lived in what is now known as Costa Rica, before the first European and African contacts.
Known for its beauty and its biodiversity, Costa Rica has two stunning and very different coasts; the Pacific and the Caribbean. The Pacific side of the country knows two basic seasons; the rainy season, also called winter and the dry season, also called summer. The dry season runs from December to May and it is very hot and dry. The rainy season on the other hand has slightly lower temperatures but is still very warm; it also rains regularly as the name suggests, which helps keep everything nice and green. The population on the pacific side is mostly constituted of Costa Ricans, also called the Ticos, many of which are Nicaraguan descendants, especially in the Province of Guanacaste. The main spoken language on the Pacific coast is Spanish.
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica has a very different climate; it is more like the rainy season all year round, with 2 or 3 rainy days per week on a regular basis. The Atlantic coast is thus always lush and green and has a diverse and thriving fauna and flora; it is a popular destination for animal and nature lovers. The population on the Caribbean coast has Jamaican and African roots, with the main spoken language being Jamaican-Caribbean influenced English, especially in and around the town of Limon.