CostaRica VIP Tour Company – Where your Costa Rican adventure begins!
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Here, we try to give you a summary of where Costa Rica was and where it is today. The primary points are that the people of Costa Rica are well educated and Costa Rica has no standing Army and the Country has been free from political violence since 1948.
Costa Rica, meaning “rich coast” is officially the Republic of Costa Rica and is located in Central America. The country is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of about 4.6 million, of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city, San Jose. It is interesting to note that there are approximately 1 million US expatriates living permanently in Costa Rica.
Historically, Costa Rica has generally had a peacefully and consistent political environment; it is a democratic country, meaning they freely elect their President and representatives just as we do in the USA; the difference is that in Costa Rica, voting is mandatory; though not strictly enforced.
The Country has an active immigration department and monitors the local population to assure that the populace is legally entitled to be in Costa Rica. They often set up road blocks to check for documentation, though they rarely stop a vehicle if they perceive the occupants to be tourists. My husband and I have traveled to Costa Rica about 9 times now and have never been stopped by the immigration police, though we have seen dozens of roadblocks. These road blocks and nothing for tourists to worry about; simply carry your passport or a copy of your passport with you at all times. You may also want to have your flight and hotel information with you just in case they ask for it.
A recommendation for you: We strongly advise tourists to change their US Dollars or their EURO’s into the local currency which is Colones. But do not; I stress do not change your money at the airport. The airport vendor does not give you the full exchange value that the local banks will give you. Once you get settled in your hotel, go to a local bank and make your exchange. We recommend you exchange for Colones because: 1) you won’t have to convert currency at every restaurant or store you go to and 2) because most restaurants and stores will not give you full exchange value; they discount it about 20% in order to guard against fluctuations in the exchange rates and obviously in the hope to make a little more money.
In Costa Rica please contact Omar at 2653-2404 or on his cell at 8395-3118.
In the US please contact Mike at: 323-702-5450.
Email us at: info@CostaRicaVIPTourCompany.com