Enjoy the Pura Vida as a local
HOW TO GET THERE?
To arrive to Costa Rica there are dozens of daily flights, advisable and comfortable with Iberia via Madrid, or daily flights to USA, arriving to San Jose or Liberia. Then from San jose to Tamarindo public bus five hours ($ 12), private vans $ 45 (tranfer hotel-hotel) or domestic flight in small planes (magnificent panorama) 40 minutes (100/150 $), an alternative route is through Liberia, only 40 minutes by taxi from Tamarindo, prices and itinerary flights from control.
You can rent cars easily across the country, daily prices, depending on the type of car, from $ 50 to $ 100.
Your license is valid without any conversion, just always have the passport with the visa rule.
FLORA & FAUNA
The Costa Rica due to its wide variety of habitats has a pristine nature where almost 500,000 animal species and 10,000 plants and trees with a unique biodiversity in the world, with over 50% of forests (given still rising) are 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a lot of protected areas that ecotourism lovers arrived from the entire world.
The orchid is the top of flora with 1,200 species as well as countless other flowers, tropical plants and secular trees.
For fauna can easily meet many animals like monkeys, sloths, iguanas, raccoons, squirrels, toucans and several species of birds, crocodiles, tapirs, etc.. All of course in freedom, even in urban areas, if one enters into the forest definitely increase the species and you can meet even jaguars and pumas.
Insects of all kinds of the most common up to gigantic beautiful beetles, thousands of butterflies, and many species yet to be identified.
Even marine life is very active, it’s easy to see whales, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, sharks and diving the show is endless, especially near the ‘”Coco Island”.
For nature lovers the Costa Rica is a major attraction because in only 51,000 square kilometers you can meet the 5% of the world’s animal species and the Costa Rica is the first Latin American country to have banned sport hunting for several years already.
The Costa Rican food is a mixture of different cultural pre-Columbian and Hispanic influences. In addition to the tamales, the tortillas, corn, beans, potatoes, cassava and to the pumpkins, the Ticos have started to eat beef, lard, cocoa and sugar, eggs and milk products such as milk, sour cream and butter.
The core of today’s Ticos meals are rice and beans, considered the basic elements of the diet along with corn. A huge variety of vegetables can be found all year round such as pumpkin, chayote, cassava, as well as tomatoes, peppers, beets, lentils and peas (mainly used for soups or as a side dish), and the thousands of kinds of famous fruit like pineapple or banana or less known as carambola, jocotes, passion fruit, dragon fruit, ‘water apple’, nance and zapote (used for jams, desserts or simple fruit salads).
In addition to the local food, almost all over the country there are restaurants and large supermarket that sell food or products imported from all around the world. The easier to find are the Italian food and Chinese food, followed by the American (meaning hamburger and fries) and the Japanese food. Clearly, products such as cold meats, cheeses, sauces or imported fine meat cuts, are usually quite more expensive.