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discover costa rica

DISCOVERCOSTA RICA

“Costa Rica is a small, mountainous country in Central America. It is bordered by Nicaragua on the north, the Caribbean Sea and Panama on the east, and the Pacific Ocean on the south and west. A chain of rugged mountains crosses central Costa Rica from northwest to southeast. A few of the highest peaks in this chain are active volcanoes. Tropical forests grow on the country's coastal lowlands.” (1)

coffee plantation tours
Coffee Plantation Tours
  • Coffee tours“Before it was overtaken by tourism, coffee was the driving force of Costa Rica's economy. A tour of a coffee farm and processing facility is a great way to satisfy your curiosity about the source of your morning cuppa and get an introduction to Tico history and culture.” (2)
volcanoes
Volcanoes
  • Volcano Watching“Arenal is the premier destination with its lava flows, fire belching, and rolling smoking boulders, but Poás and Irazú have their attractions as well.” (3)
whitewater rafting
Whitewater Rafting
  • Whitewater Rafting“As you might suspect in a country covered in rain forest that rises from one ocean to 12,000 feet and drops back to sea level in the space of 70 miles, whitewater abounds in Costa Rica. Trips cater to all ability levels and interests.”
beaches
Beaches
  • Beaches“Sunning, swimming, surfing, sailing, scuba, snorkeling, and that's just the S's. Beach lovers might think that Christopher Columbus had them in mind when he dubbed this (or did he?) the land of the "Rich Coast".”(4)
nature cruise
Nature Cruise
  • Nature Cruise“The canals of Tortuguero, wetlands of Caño Negro, and mangroves of the Damas estuary adjacent to Manuel Antonio are the most popular places to sit back relax and let the boatman be your guide to bird and wildlife spotting.” (5)
traveling through the tree tops
Traveling Through the Tree Tops
  • Canopy tours“Whether it's a zip-line thrill ride, gondola, or naturalist educational trip through the treetops, canopy tours have exploded in popularity in the past decade.” (6)
riding the waves
Riding the Waves
  • Surfing & Windsurfing“Costa Rica's breaks are world renowned, and rightly so. Inland, Lake Arenal has constantly balmy water (66 to 71 °F, 19-21 °C), average wind speeds of 24 mph (40 kph), and an exquisite setting for windsurfers. Rental equipment and lessons for both types of board sport are available.” (7)
waterfalls
Waterfalls
  • Waterfalls“Rainforests, mountains, and canyons add up to countless waterfalls and you can enjoy anything from walk up viewing platforms a few yards from a restaurant to strenuous hikes into secluded skinny-dipping pools.” (8)
hot springs
Hot Springs
  • Hot Springs“There are hundreds of hotsprings in this volcanic land and a couple of them have spawned spas. If you want to relax your tired muscles (or have a masseur relax them for you) hit the natural pools, then spend a night at Tabacón resort.” (9)
birding
Birding
  • Bird Watching“Everyone becomes an amateur birder as soon as they land in Costa Rica. You can't help but notice the remarkable colors, calls and plumage, and you'll find plenty of serious bird watchers and qualified guides to fill you in on the habits and natural history of the species you see.” (10)
nature walking
Nature Walking
  • Nature Walk“This catchall category covers everything from a walk on a paved path to multi-night treks up the bed of a river to prime jaguar country. Most visitors to Costa Rica spend at least some time hiking through the rain and cloud forests or along the beaches.” (11)
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Weather - Tropical—hot and wet all year round.
  • Currency - Costa Rican colon (.002 US Dollars)
  • Languages – Spanish & Creole (similar to Jamican English) (12)
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Endnotes

1 John Booth,"Costa Rica." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 7 Sept. 2010. 2 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

3 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

4 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

5 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

6 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

7 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

8 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

9 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

10 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

11 “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.

12 "Costa Rica." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010. Web. 7  Sept.  2010  <http://www.school.eb.com/eb/article-272316>.

bibliography
Bibliography
  • Booth, John A. "Costa Rica." World Book Student. World Book, 2010. Web. 7 Sept. 2010.
  • "Costa Rica." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2010. Web. 7  Sept.  2010  <http://www.school.eb.com/eb/article-272316>.
  • “Costa Rica – Google Search.” http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&biw=1020&bih=549&gbv=2&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=costa+rica&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=. 7 Sept. 2010
  • “Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica.” Costa Rica Guide. http://costa-rica-guide.com/Introduction/TenToDo.html. 7 Sept. 2010.