Costa Rica is approximately the size of West Virginia – about 20,000 square miles. Despite the small size, the country offers an incredible diversity of landscapes; from huge volcanoes rising from the jungle floor to sweeping white beaches, all terrain is a sight to be-hold. One very appealing part of Costa Rica for North American travelers is the relatively close proximity of the country and ease of access. While travel in Europe is on the decline, travel to this small Central American country is most definitely on the rise. Numerous new vacationers are being introduced to the unending beauty of this tropical paradise.
Costa Rica translates into “rich coast”, a name that it truly lives up to. The country has its origins as a Spanish colony established in the early 1500’s. In 1821 Costa Rica was granted independence from Spain and became a nation unto itself. This date of independence is celebrated each year on September 15th. The government of Costa Rica was founded on the ideals of a fair and just democracy in which health care and education receive the most attention while military spending is for the most part non-existent. In fact, Costa Rica has no standing army, it was abolished more than 50 years ago – law and order is maintained by domestic police forces. The country stands in stark contrast to its Central American neighbors, as peace has reigned here for hundreds of years.
The Costa Rican people are a friendly and outgoing group. They are extremely courteous and welcome all types of foreigners with open arms. The primary language of the people is Spanish, but English is taught in all of the primary schools and most natives know a smattering. The literacy rate here exceeds that of the United States and other developed nations. In addition, nowhere in the World is the line dividing the rich and the poor so thin. For this reason, the majority of the natives are a happy bunch. This lack of disparity in social status also serves to reduce the crime rate here.
The climate in all regions of the country is in a word – perfect – with 266 days of pure sunshine it doesn’t get much better. Below we have listed the typical temperatures and rainfall by month for the region in which our vacation property is located. (temp. in degrees Fahrenheit, rain in inches)
As you can see, if you don’t plan on venturing far from the villa – pack light! If you plan on visiting the cloud forests and lush jungle regions you are encouraged to pack layered clothing including something to keep you dry in the event of rain. The months of June, July, and August are commonly referred to as the Winter months, while November, December, and January represent the Summer. This distinction is almost unnecessary, as the climate is very stable year round. One note: the months of September and October often times receive heavy afternoon downpours usually between 2 and 4 p.m. (you can almost set your watch to this). However, most people enjoy the showers since they tend to cool things off a bit and the rains serve to enhance the lush vegetation.
The Costa Rican government recognizes that the land (and creatures that inhabit it) is the country’s most precious asset. 27% of the land in Costa Rica is environmentally protected. As a result, the already huge abundance of wildlife continues to flourish. Here you will find 850 species of birds and more species of butterflies than the entire continent of Africa! Monkeys, jaguars, sloth, and numerous types of snakes (including gigantic boa constrictors) can be seen here. The brilliantly colored coastal waters are also teeming with aquatic life of all varieties, making scuba diving and snorkeling especially rewarding. Perhaps even more amazing is the stunning array of vegetation and foliage that grows here. All types of flowers bloom freely throughout the country – the orchids and bromeliads in particular will dazzle the senses.
A wonderful gathering place for a family. The view each morning is spectacular – the food is incredible – and the the margaritas and pina coladas are the best! We have zipped through the trees, floated down a river, and sailed to a secret beach! We have talked to monkeys and wandered along a black sand beach! What a wonderful moment in time for our family – thanks from all of us!T.B. & C.B.
Be prepared to gain weight! The food, service, and ambiance were incredible. The weather couldn’t have been better and I enjoyed everything about the villa. Thanks.G.F.
Just wanted to tell you how much I loved your villa and Costa Rica! I can’t wait to go back! I’ve given my family & friends your website to plan their own vacations. Your staff is excellent; Olmon, Tamaris, Carlos, Allen, Tomato, Guarnar…all professional. All I can say is “wow!” And thanks for your help with the church; the mass was in Spanish but very interesting. I met some people who sat behind me in church from Rock Hill, SC whose son’s at Clemson–small world. Anyway, I could go on but I won’t bore you. I definitely want to make Costa Rica a regular vacation destination! Thanks.A.G.
Oh my—We have just returned from the vacation of a lifetime. We were treated like Kings and Queens by the staff at the villa and Doug and Carlos. We drank pina colata at 10:00 in the morning and decided that we didn’t want to drive all over Costa Rica when we had a view like the one at Villa Allamanda. We really want to stress how much we like Noel, Demaris and Lillete (I’m sure that I didn’t spell the names correctly) but because of them our trip was perfect. We think that Ocotal is paradise and we loved every minute of our vacation. We will be planning our next on soon.Thank you for everything.D. D.