Everything you should know before
        Traveling to COSTA RICA

22 February 2022
Capital: Havana
Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
Official Language: Spanish
Dial Code: +506
Emergency Number: 911
GDP: 95.79 billion USD (2020)
Population: 5.09 million (2020)
Time Zone: UTC-6 Central Standard Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: The dark blue represents the sky, idealism, opportunities and perseverance. The white stripes represent peace, wisdom, and happiness. The red stands for the blood spilled by martyrs defending the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the Costa Ricans.

COSTA RICA is Known for:

1. Sloths
One of nature’s most amusing animals, Costa Rica is known for its sloth population. Costa Rica has two species, the two-toed sloth, and the brown-throated sloth, and both are equally adorable.
2. Green Energy
Costa Rica is a pioneer of green energy. Known for generating over 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, Costa Rica is the world leader in green technology.
3. Surfing
Costa Rica is an international hotspot for surfing and its national team has won the world championships multiple times over. Both the Pacific and Caribbean Coast are great for surfing, although the Pacific coast is best for catching waves.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Casado
A casado is a Costa Rican meal using rice, black beans, plantains, salad, a tortilla, and an optional protein source such as chicken, beef, pork, fish and so on. The term may have originated when restaurant customers asked to be treated as casados, since married men ate such meals at home.
2. Olla De Carne
Olla de carne (meat pot) is one of the jewels of Costa Rican cuisine. It is prepared with beef, potatoes and other vegetables that are slow-cooked
3. Gallo Pinto
Gallo pinto or gallopinto is a traditional dish from Central America. Consisting of rice and beans as a base, gallo pinto has a long history and is important to Nicaraguan and Costa Rican identity and cultures, just as rice and beans variations are equally important in many Latin American cultures as well.

Best Places to visit:
1. San Jose
San José, Costa Rica capital, is considered to be one of the safest cities in Latin America, as well as a major transportation hub for flights to other parts of the Costa Rica. San Jose is considered the freedom fighter pushing for full independence. This is why Cartago , the country’s first capital, lost its throne.
2. Limon
Puerto Limón is famous in Costa Rica for its yearly fall festival, Carnaval, which occurs in October. The event lasts about a week, and includes a parade, food, music, and dancing. Puerto Limón can be very hot and humid any day of the year.
3. Alajuela
Alajuela, a stunning province in the Central Valley of Costa Rica, is blessed with national parks, active volcanoes, hot springs and raging rivers. The fertile lands allow locals to cultivate tropical ornamentals, coffee, rice, corn, pineapples, bananas, sugarcane and root, and green vegetables.
4. Cartago
Cartago is one of the oldest population settlements in the country. The town has the most historic and curious stories from the entire colonial time.The Cartago is in one of the smallest provinces but contains the most Spanish Colonial era sites and cultural traditions as compared to the rest of the country.
5. Quepos
Quepos city is one of the most impressive tropical cities in Costa Rica thanks to the high and rigorous protection of its flora and fauna. Quepos, Costa Rica is one of the top fishing destinations in the world to catch a Pacific Sailfish and home of the World Record Snook that weighed 59.5 pounds.

Best Season to visit
Dry Season- This peak tourist season boasts plenty of sunshine making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. Many people said that, the dry season is the most popular and best time to visit Costa Rica.

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