Country Profile - Costa%20Rica

Name: The Republic of Costa Rica

Location: Central America

Time: IST (-) 11 1/2 hrs

Capital: San Jose

Language: Spanish (official), English

Area: 51,060 sq kms

Population: 4,576,562 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 15 Sep (Independence Day)

Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC).

Climate: In the Central Valley, where the main centres of population are located, the average temperature is 22°C (72°F). In the coastal areas the temperature is much hotter. The rainy season starts in May and finishes in November. The ‘warm’ dry season is December to May, though temperature differences between summer and winter are slight.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 2 Aug Virgin of Los Angeles, Feast of Patroness of Costa Rica. 15 Aug Mothers' Day and Assumption. 15 Sep Independence Day. 12 Oct Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: Grupo Taca (TA)

International Airports: Juan Santamaria (SJO)