By: Jane Sundell
Facts About Costa Rica!
National Language- Spanish is most common, but there are 10 other different languages
Capital City- San Hose
Neighboring Countries- Panama, Nicaragua
Currency- Colon (CRC)
Famous Places You Will Want to Visit in Costa Rica
- San Jose- Museums, Architecture, Central Valley, Volcanoes, and Coffee Plantations
- Sanata Teresa- Great place for vacation, there is surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing all on a beautiful beach
- Uvita- Great for swimming and there is Marino Ballena National Park (Whale Marine Park), named for humpback whales who meet and mate here every winter and spring.
- Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna- Beautiful volcano, white water rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking and canopy tours
Spanish Expressions from Costa Rica
- mae- Used between friends as the word "Dude"
- ¡sóquele! – hurry up!, move it!
- jamar – to eat
Food in Costa Rica
One of the most common things you would probably find on someone's plate is rice and black beans. This standard food is the start to most meals. Normally the foods in Costa Rica are pretty healthy when put with an active lifestyle. Cheese and other dairy products are rarely ever used. Overall the meals in Costa Rica are well rounded with a good portion of fruits and vegetables and generally high in fiber.
Geography and Climate in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America. The Caribbean Sea is to the east and the Pacific ocean is to the west. There are two major mountain ranges and some volcanoes. Costa Rica suffers from volcanic eruptions occasionally from time to time. Aside from volcanic eruptions, Costa Rica is very beautiful and has many national parks. Costa Rica has over 2,000 types of trees and over 9,000 different flowering plants. The home to all of these plants are all of Costa Rica's forests. And for all of you who love beaches Costa Rica has nearly over 300 of them. Costa Rica is located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator. therefore the climate is a beautiful tropical year round.
How Costa Rica Came to be
Spain came to Costa Rica in 1561 and colonized the area. Then it was a spanish colony for 250 years. Next in 1821 Costa Rica declared independence from Spain.
Some Other Facts You Probably Didn't Know
- Family is very important in Costa Rica, most people live with their parents until they are married
- Leisure and enjoyment is treasured above work
- Soccer is the most popular sport, even small towns have soccer teams
- There are many festivals and holidays around religious events, including Holy Week and Christmas.
- English is often spoke as a second language