In 1502, Christopher Columbus discovered Costa Rica which gained its independence from Spain in 1821 and the capital was moved to San Jose three years later. Costa Rica has historically enjoyed one of the most stable democratic governments in the region. Over this period, the country has developed from a largely agriculture-based economy to one rooted in technology and ecotourism.
Playa Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica’s premier surfing destinations. Snorkeling, fishing, zip-lining and horseback riding area also popular activities.
The city of Jaco is flanked by the beaches of Herradura Bay and Playa Hermosa, while exotic wildlife is found at nearby Carara National Park and mountains are visible in all directions. Los Suenos Ocean and Golf Resort offers luxury accommodations with views of the ocean and rainforest. This five-star resort and marina is famous for world-class sport fishing and boating.
Costa Rica features Central America’s highest literacy rate with numerous public and private schools accommodating English-speaking and Spanish-speaking students. In addition, five public universities provide higher education. A government-sponsored network of 29 hospitals and more than 250 clinics provide healthcare to nationals, foreign residents and visitors.
The weather in Costa Rica is as diverse as the terrain. Central Valley temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees, while 80 to 95 is common in the coastal region. The dry season stretches from mid-December to April. May to November is considered the rainy season.