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The Beauties of Costa Rica

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Jathan Floyd
Jasper Fryer
Khadedria McCrae
Kierra Williams
Kenneth Othiossinir
Torrance Pullom

Major Cities
  • Capital San Jose
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The capital and largest city of [[/wiki/Costa_Rica|Costa Rica]]. Located in the [[/wiki/Costa_Rican_Central_Valley|Central Valley]], San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this [[/wiki/Central_America|Central American]] nation. The population of [[/wiki/San_Jos%C3%A9_Canton|San José Canton]] is 365,799,[2[[home#cite_note-1|]]] though the [[/wiki/San_Jos%C3%A9_Metropolitan_Area|metropolitan area]] stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country's population.
  • Monteverde, Costa Rica
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monteverde lodge

  • Cartago, Costa Rica
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Situated in the verdant and lush Central Valley at the base of the [[/region/city.asp?cid=406|Volcan Irazu]], Cartago was the capital of Costa Rica until the year 1832. A 40-minute bus drive from the [[/region/city.asp?cid=325|capital city of San Jose]], this town sits amid some of the richest and greenest pieces of land in Latin America
oxcart parade atenas- Costa Rica
oxcart parade atenas- Costa Rica

Costa Ricans are known for their gregarious and fun-loving nature, and it’s contagious during the numerous fiestas, horse parades and carnivals celebrated throughout the country. These festivities provide a great opportunity to sample tasty food, make new friends, and learn the local traditions of this fascinating country

Costa Rican Dance
dancers festival street- Costa Rica
dancers festival street- Costa Rica

Costa Rican folkloric dancing tells a story in its own melodious and artistic way.

Famous People
Franklin Chang
Franklin Chang

Franklin Chang Diaz: Born on April 5, 1950 in San Jose Costa Rica. Famous people are not usually famous for what Franklin does:Dr. Chang-Dìaz became an astronaut in August 1981.
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Claudia and Silvia Poll: These nationalized Ticas have put Costa Rica’s name up by winning several Olympic medals in the swimming category.

San José

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Tourist Attractions
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A popular first stop is Arenal National Park, where visitors can hike the trails on and around volcanic Mount Arenal and see old lava flows close up. The Mount Arenal observatory is a popular destination, and the nearby LaFortuna waterfall is another dramatic and beautiful Arenal natural wonder that continues to be one of the more popular tourist attractions of Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Banana harvest
Costa Rica Banana harvest

In recent times electronics, pharmaceuticals, financial outsourcing, software development, and ecotourism have become the prime industries in Costa Rica's economy. High levels of education among its residents and reasonable labor wages have made Costa Rica an attractive investing location, like . Heredia, and San Jose
The economy has been expanding for Costa Rica in part because the Government had implemented a seven-year plan of expansion in the high tech industry. The central government offers tax exemptions for those who are willing to invest in the country. Several global high tech corporations have already started developing in the area exporting goods including chip manufacturer Intel, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, and consumer products companies like Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Starbucks and Home Depot, trading has boomed during 2004 and 2005, and the country obtain a full Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) membership in 2007. China is investing billions into the economy.The trade liberalization process began in 1985, when customs tariffs decreased to 11% and a 0% on raw materials and 1% on capital goods. Other tariff barriers were completely eliminated as well. Because of these tariff concessions and other favorable elements, direct foreign investment (DFI) has increased during these years. From 1990 to 2005, the DFI increased almost

Costa Rica map
Costa Rica map


The eclectic nature of Costa Rica geography is renowned worldwide. The tiny country covers roughly 51,000 square kilometers and boasts over 1200km of coastline on two oceans. Snugly tucked between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica boasts eight separate ecological zones and over 500,000 species of wildlife; no mean feat for a country smaller than West Virginia.


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Costa Rica and Uruguay. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Creedman, Theodore S. Historical Dictionary of Costa Rica, 2nd ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1991.
Daling, Tjabel. Costa Rica: A Guide to the People, Politics and Culture. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Interlink, 2002.

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