Costa Rica’s Tourism Services
Costa Rica is a small country and
many tourists choose to rent a 4X4 for their vacation in Costa
Rica. There are a large number of Rental Car companies in
Costa Rica, some world renowned such as Dollar Rental Car,
Economy Rental Car, Avis Rental Car, Payless Rental Car, National
Rental Car and Europcar – these companies opened branches
in Costa Rica. Also available are smaller rental car operations
such as Mapache Rental Car, Adobe Rental, Suzuki Rental Car,
Toyota Rental Car and Poas Rental Car. These companies service
the tourism sector with professionalism, offering good service
and usually new vehicles in their fleets.
Companies usually deliver cars to client’s
hotels in San Jose area, or at the airport for no extra charge.
Also pick-up and drop-off services are available in all other
major areas in the country (usually an extra charge is added
to the final bill for drop off or pick up in other location
than San Jose’s Metropolitan area).
Companies offer many different types of vehicles, from small
private cars to large and Luxurious SUV’S with a Four-Wheel-Drive
and all the extras (CD changers, A/C, Power Steering and Electrical
Locks and Windows, Airbags).
for the car
In Costa Rica there is one obligatory
insurance, that is a must for all visitors wishing to rent
a car in Costa Rica, rate usually ranges between $6 - $15
per day (vary according to the car rental company and the
type of car). Other than that basic insurance which is practically
a third party insurance there are additional types of insurance
available for an additional cost.
To learn more about Car Rental in Costa Rica
you can click on the following link, you will be redirected
to our car rental section where we offer a large fleet of
vehicles from Costa Rica’s 10 biggest car rental companies
with whom we have experience for their good service and professional
service. Look for the best car rental rates via our search
window in our home page, or just go with a Car Rental company
that you like by choosing a specific car rental company from
our car rental page.
Costa Rica is unique in its accommodation
offerings with many small boutique hotels that provide a very
personal service and are usually owned and managed by private
owners. Most hotels have between 20 – 60 Rooms. In Costa
Rica you can find hotels of every scale, from 1 star Costa
Rica hotels to 4 and 5 star hotels such as the famous Marriott
Los Suenios and the Four Seasons in Papagayo.
Hotels in Costa Rica come in many styles for
every budget; Big hotels, with full services, swimming pools,
restaurants, discotheques, conference rooms, in the city or
in the outskirts, in the jungle or on the beach, beautiful
ancient houses and lodges in the mountains, Costa Rica Hostels,
Costa Rica Cabins and family owned Costa Rica Bed and Breakfast.
||In Costa Rica you will find many Luxury
Hotels, almost in every major tourism location. These hotels
usually offer the best services to be found in Costa Rica; Golf
Courses, Private In-room pools and Jacuzzi, Gourmet Restaurants,
Luxurious Spa Services, Private Yacht Docks, Tennis Courts,
Upscale Shops and impeccable service according to World 4 and
5 Star Standards that characterize these types of hotels.
in Jaco Beach
||There are two Luxury Hotels near Jaco
Beach: Marriott Los Suenios in Herradura Beach and Hotel Villas
Calletas. Villas Calletas offers a more private ambience in
their beautiful villas with an infinity pool and a famous gourmet
restaurant. The hotel also offers weekly concerts to its guests
in their Amphitheater. Hotel Marriott Los Suenios offers a Private
Marina, a Golf Course and their Luxurious Condo Fully Equipped
Hotels in Manuel Antonio and Quepos
||Manuel Antonio offers four 4 star
hotels; Hotel El Parador with its Spanish Style architecture,
Hotel La Mariposa with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean,
Hotel Si Como No, a nature oriented hotel that offers two pool
areas, wet bar, 2 restaurants, spa services and Private Cinema
and Hotel Makanda By The Sea with their beautiful jungle villa
type accommodation. Also recommended are hotel La Mansion Inn
in Manuel Antonio and Hotel Bungalows Tulemar with their private
beach access and beautiful bungalows set in the lush tropical
Hotels in Tamarindo
||Tamarindo offers a few beautiful properties;
Hotel El Diria, Hotel Cala Luna, Hotel Capitan Suizo and Hotel
El Jardin Del Eden. Hotel El Diria offers a 4 star quality,
standard rooms with ocean view, junior suites, 2 pool areas
and vacation rentals condominiums for longer stays. Hotel Capitan
Suizo is a beach front property with beautiful bungalow / apartment
type accommodation, beautiful gardens and an exquisite restaurant.
Hotel Capitan Suizo is small and charming and is very nature
oriented. Hotel Cala Luna in Tamarindo offers very large private
villas (2 bedrooms, living area, villas are fully equipped),
with a private pool, delicious food in their gourmet restaurant,
beach access through a 2 minutes walk trail and personal service.
Hotel El Jardin Del Eden offers beautifully designed rooms,
according to different ethnic traditions, rooms are colorful
and charming, new restaurant and a blue water pool.
Hotels in Northern Gauanacaste and Costa Rica
||Northern Guanacaste region has many
upscale resorts, such as Ocotal Resort in Ocotal Beach near
Coco Beach, Melia Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal north to Tamarindo,
Hotel Four Season Golf Resort in the Peninsula of Papagayo to
name a few.
Hotels in Osa Peninsula
||In Osa the most luxurious hotel is
hotel Lapa Rios offering luxury in the jungle with nature oriented
construction, great nature guides and good service.
Hotels in Puerto Viejo and the Caribbean regions
||There is one hotel on the Caribbean
that offers an interesting combination of luxury in the jungle,
hotel Almonds and Corals located a few Kilometers South to Puerto
Viejo, offering Luxury Tent-like accommodation and immersed
in the Caribbean Rain Forest 2 minutes walk from the Caribbean
||Costa Rica offers a wide variety of
budget accommodation, from hostels to B&B to cabins to camping;
every town has its options. Most of the budget lodging options
in Costa Rica are run by private owners that give a warm service
and family like feeling.
In Costa Rica the most common
restaurants are the “Sodas” –usually family
run restaurants that serve the typical Costa Rican meal, named
“Casado” – Casados come in three main ways,
rice and black beans with chicken, beef or fish, remember,
always with rice and beans, and a side salad. Simple and cheap,
usually costs $2 to $3.
Other than the local “Sodas” there
is a wide variety of restaurants of all types and for all
tastes, Costa Rica has very good Sea-Food as most touristy
towns are on the Pacific or the Caribbean Ocean and there
is nothing like a good (recently caught) fresh Tuna Steak
(Medium Rare). Also many Italian restaurants, Chinese restaurants
and Steak Houses can be easily found.
Costa Rica arts and crafts have
a wide scale of color tones and typical features to Costa
Rica. Many Pre-Columbian objects are available in the Gold
Museum in San Jose – Link to San Jose City Tour) and
in specialty stores (link to our shops in San Jose). In the
town of Sarchi visitors can observe the craftsman creating
Costa Rica’s traditional multicolored wagons. Art made
in wood and clay, objects of ceramics, articles of leather
and jewelry shops can be found around Costa Rica. Crafts can
be bought both in San Jose in Moravia, Sarchí (Alajuela)
and Guaitil (Guanacaste) and in the beach towns.
and Cultural Related Activities
Although Costa Rica is famous for
its nature activities and not as much for its cultural diversity
and cultural heritage, still there are many cultural venues,
Theaters, Street Shows, Cinemas and Musical venues. Most establishments
are located in San Jose. One of the best venues for classical
music is the National Theater with weekly shows and for Jazz
and Modern Music do not miss the Jazz Café in San Pedro
(20 minutes from downtown San Jose) – the Jazz Café
has live shows every night featuring the cream of Costa Rica’s
You can learn more about culture activities by
clicking on the following link (Link to San Jose tours).
||City of San
||The Capital of the country, San Jose,
in the middle of the Central Valley, it is the center of the
so called Metropolitan Area, which has an extension of 170 square
kilometers (106.25 miles) and a population of approximately
If you are coming to Costa Rica most chances are that you will
spend at least one or two nights in San Jose. The city is not
the most attractive city for tourists, however as it is centrally
located many travelers stay for a night before their flight
or a night after the flight, so if you are in San Jose you might
as well use the time to get to know the city .
You can go on daily tours to one of the surrounding Volcanoes
(Poas, Irazu, Turialba), you can spend a day In the local butterfly
farm or go on a one day tour to Arenal Volcano and Tabacon hot
Springs. Shopping is also available in “Mercado Central”
– the central market in San Jose downtown or visit one
of the many new shopping malls that opened in the last 4 years
in San Jose. One of the best ways to learn about San Jose and
visit the most important historical sights is to take the San
Jose City Tour, where you will learn about San Jose museums,
historical sights and architecture.
||San Jose has three main centers for
night life; El Pueblo, a relatively small area that offers approximately
40 different bars and discos with all types of music, Reggae,
Hip-hop, Latin Music, Disco and House Music, also live shows
are available. El Pueblo works on every day of the week.
San Pedro and the University area offer more of a “local’s”
scene with many bars and discos offering lots of young crowed
and fun. San Pedro works on every day of the week.
Escazu with a few high-end bars, you will be charged more and
you will party with Costa Rica’s high-end crowed (Usually
works better on weekends).
The Museums are a sample of Costa
Rica’s cultural heritage, architectural, archaeological,
artistic and scientific; Museums have the function to protect,
recovering, restoring and preserving Costa Rica’s knowledge
and History. This important material is represented in Costa
Rica’s museums, libraries, sculptures, churches, markets,
crafts or in any manifestation of creativity realized in the
county. Museums can be grouped to 8 types: Those of Contemporary,
Religious, Anthropologic Art, Natural History, Criminology,
Entomology, Historical and those of Science and Technology.
The most important museums are Costa Rican Art Museum, Museum
of Religious Art, Jade Museum, Museum of Natural History,
Museum of Criminology, Entomological Museum, Museum of Science
and Technology, Museum Juan Santa Maria, and the National
Museum the most important Museum due to the variety and wealth
of its exhibitions.
||Costa Rica has a large number of theatrical
groups; they are supported by the University of Costa Rica and
the National University. The major institutions are: Conservatoire
Castella, the National Company of Dance and the National School
Costa Rica is characterized by
its peaceful tradition and it is not an exaggeration to say
that the country qualifies as a peaceful oasis in Central
America. Simplicity and serenity are two fundamental parts
of Costa Rica.
People in Costa Rica are usually very friendly
to visitors, trying to help whenever they can while keeping
an eye on their privacy.
There are three main cultures in Costa Rica:
The Central Valley culture of rural farmers; that of the Pampa
Guanacasteca in the Northern Regions of Costa Rica and the
African Caribbean culture mainly in the province of Lemon.
To this we can mention the indigenous people (though in minor
proportion that in other Central American countries); The
Costa Rican is nice, hospitable and proud of his freedom.
Costa Rica, one of the most ancient democracies of America,
is a free and independent republic. Costa Rica’s inhabitants
enjoy full political stability, in which there prevail big
and deep-rooted commitments of democratic freedom. La Paz
(The Peace) is its basic characteristic. The country has no
army, since it was abolished in the middle of the 20th century.
Costa Rica was nominated once for the Nobel Prize for Peace.
It was granted in 1987, to the president Oscar Arias Sánchez
this was a well-deserved recognition for the form of life
of the Costa Ricans. The social results of the democratic
traditions of Costa Rica are clearly palpable.
Costa Rican representative seat in the head office
of the University for the Peace and of the Inter-American
Court of Human rights, this reaffirms the confidence of the
international community in the political and social stability
of Costa Rica. The University for the Peace dedicates to study
the peaceful way of life and sustainable development for the
human race. The Inter-American Court for the Human Rights
acts as the court for clarifications in the interrelations
man - society - state.
In 1869 Costa Rica established an obligatory
educational system financed by the State. The government divides
the necessary budget for the medical care and the educational
programs. Both services have reached notable achievements.
In case of the education, 93 % of the population possesses
capacity of reading and writing. The expectation of life went
from 72 to 75 years of age. Costa Rica possesses a high rate
of development in medicine, especially preventative, in its
urban and rural areas.
Rica’s Bullfighting Tradition
||In Guanacaste and at present in many
other urban centers bullfight is a part of Costa Rica’s
“Ranchero” (Farmers / Cowboys)
tradition. The bullfighting or “Recoridas de Torros”
are more playful and harmless than the Spanish traditional bullfighting,
no animal get slaughtered nor killed Usually major festivals
gather big crowed and bullfighting competitions are being held
as part of Costa Rican’s tradition.
There are annual festivals in Liberia (usually during the month
of July), La Fortuna de San Carlos near the Volcano Arenal usually
during the month of February and March, Zapote in San Jose in
December for Christmas time.
These colorful festivals comprise of music shows, dances, traditional
Costa Rican food, and play grounds for the kids and many happy
Ticos (Costa Ricans) coming to have a good time!
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