Costa Rica Directory

Complete listing of Costa Rica Web Sites

Costa Rica

 

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The Costa Rica Directory offers a wide selection of websites that contain Information on Costa Rica. The list of sites included here is partially provided by the Open Directory Project, the most important Human-edited directory in the world. Independant web masters and Costa Rica web site owners are also allowed to submit their sites to the Costa Rica Directory, but submitted sites go through an exhaustive editorial review before approval, in order to assure that only the best sites are listed here.

The sites listed are divided into Categories and Sub-categories, to make it easier for the user to locate the information needed. If you believe that there is a mistake in a listing description or if you know of a web site that deserves to be listed in the directory, please contact us, and we will make the appropriate corrections and/or additions.

This is a constantly growing site. Come back often and look for new features and information. In the near future the site will also offer general information, such as weather reports, main attractions, tourist services, etc.

General Information:

San Jose, the capital city, and is located approximately at 1200 m above sea level and lies in the easternmost part of the Central Valley within a trending chain of volcanic cones that is part of Middle America range of active volcanoes.

Weights, Measures, and Time
The MKS is the official metric system. Time is GMT minus 6 hours.

Currency
“Colon” (also locally known as “peso”). US$1.00 = 517 colones, as of May 7th, 2007. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 500 colones. Notes are used in denominations of 500, 1000, 5000, and 10000 colones. Travelers are advised to exchange currency only at Banks. The US dollar is accepted in some places, however, a smaller exchange rate is usually paid; it happens too at the hotels. Major credit cards are accepted in most places.

Banking hours
Monday to Friday: 08:30 to 16:00.

Health
Health care is very good and sanitary standards are high. First-class hospitals are found throughout San José and some of the other largely populated areas.

The water is safe to drink in all areas of the country.

Weather
Daytime temperatures average between 18oC - 25oC; the days getting slightly warm at midday. Our country is starting now the dry season that lasts until May. Showers fall only in the mountains during this season. At nights, the weather turns cooler.

Food
Due to its multiple microclimates, the country produces a wide range of tropical food. In practically every part of the country, you can find every kind of fresh food, from shrimp to chicken and from avocados to plantains.

The Typical Food, or “Comida Tipica” is great. It is not spicy, is based on rice, beans, boiled vegetables, beefsteak, chicken, or fish, and is usually served with corn tortillas.

Breakfast is usually a mixture of rice and black beans, fried with onion, sweet chili and lots of cilantro, known as “Gallo Pinto”, accompanied by eggs, corn tortillas and sour cream.

At lunchtime and dinner, most Ticos eat what we call “Casados”, which are composed of white rice, beans, salad, fried sweet plantains, vegetables, and beefsteak, chicken or fish. Fresh fruit drinks, called “refrescos naturales”, always accompany a typical meal.

And of course, always after a good meal, Ticos enjoy a nice glass of coffee. The country produces some of the finest gourmet coffee in the world.