Introduction to Costa Rica

Costa Rica, a republic in southern Central America, is bounded on the north by Nicaragua, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, on the southeast by Panama, and on the southwest and west by the Pacific Ocean. With a elatively
small Native American population, the country has been strongly influenced by the culture and traditions of Spain.
Native American and African American influences have had relatively little impact. The Roman Catholic cultural pattern of Spain, with emphasis on the family and the church, has evolved into a national style of life.

Festivals in honor of patron saints are a colorful part of village and town life. The guitar, accordion, and andolin have traditionally been the most popular musical Instruments, and the music reflects a Spanish heritage.
Traces of the Native American culture survive in designs used in jewelry, leather goods, and clothing.

Points of Interest: Costa Rica is Central America's special jewel. It has a reputation for being an oasis of calm among its turbulent neighbors, but there's more to Costa Rica than a stable status quo. The country's natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for unlightened conservation draw tourists from all over the world, and the "ticos" know it.
Successive governments have made a real effort to preserve the country's image as ecotourism heaven, making Costa Rica one of the best places to experience the tropics naturally and with minimal impact.

But if trudging through knee-deep streams for hours on end to catch a glimpse of some lazy three-toed tree-hanger isn't your idea of a good time, don't write Costa Rica off as a waste of 51,100 sq km (19,929 sq mi). Not surprisingly for a country which is mostly coastline, Costa Rica has some of the region's best surfing, beaches galore and a climate which encourages slothfulness in all species.

Bordering Countries: Costa Rica borders on Panama and Nicaragua.

Costa Rica

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am 26.02.2004

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