Next Destination…Guanacaste, Costa Rica November 30, 2013 Central America, Costa Rica, Destinations, Travel Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America that is bordered by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the Southeast. While this relatively small country may only cover 0.03% of the earth, it is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. Tourism remains one of their main sources of income. Widely known for its biodiversity and its rain forest, the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory. Translated to mean “Rich Coast” in Spanish, they are the only Latin country to have been a democracy since 1949 and have not had a standing military army since 1948. It is considered a peaceful, democratic country with a long history of political stability. Although the official language is Spanish, Costa Rica is truly racially diverse country. The make up of the natives is a mix from the indigenous tribes such as the, Bribri, Cabecar, Teribe, Ngobe, Maleku, Chorotega and Huetar as well as roots from Africa and Spain. They also have a huge population of immigrants migrating to the country from China, Israel, Lebanon and Italy. Being one of the World’s most beloved tourist destinations, Costa Rica is comprised of 7 provinces, which are: San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Limon and Guanacaste. Guanacaste, is a province of Costa Rica located in the northwestern part of the country, along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The province is named for the Guanacaste tree, also known as the ear pod tree, which is the national tree of Costa Rica. It is known as the warmest, driest region in Costa Rica but also is the region with the most cattle ranches and the most pristine beaches. Other attractions also include, Santa Rosa National Park; a tropical dry forest, volcanoes and hot springs. Costa Rican cuisine is similar to its neighboring countries in Central America. It’s staples consist of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, rice and black beans, plantains, some sort of maize product, be it tortillas or tamales and a protein, meat, chicken or fish. They are also said to have some of the best ceviches, cocoa beans (for making chocolate) and coffee in the world. I’ll be headed there in a few hours and I’ll keep you posted!!! Stay tuned… Comments are closed.