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EFFECTIVE March 20th 2008 The Costa Rican Phone System will be an 8 Digit Number.

Land Line Phones will have a 2 added to the front of the current number, and Cell Phone (Numbers starting with 3, 8 or 9) will have an 8 added to the front. We have attempted to corrected the number change in all listings in this site.

Costa Rica Moves To An Eight Digit Telephone Number

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) will begin at 12:01am March 20 use an eight digit telephone number system, both for fixed line and cellular telephones.

Beginning on March all fixed lines phones - residential and commercial - will begin with a "2" and all cellular telephones will begin with an "8".

The new numbering system will allow the state institution to expand the current and the future system being called Sistema Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (SNT).

On March 20, All fixed line numbers beginning with "2", "4", "5", "6" and "7" will all begin with "2". For example, the telephone number "231 3205" becomes "2231 3205".

All cellular numbers beginning with "3" or "8" will all begin with "8". For example, the telephone number "399 9642" becomes "8399 9642".

The 900 number system like 911 will not be changed.

Physical. Costa Rica is located in Central America, south of Mexico. It covers an area slightly smaller than West Virginia. It has a tropical climate that is tropical and subtropical. The Costa Rican terrain features coastal plains separated by rugged mountains. With the exception of hydropower, Costa Rica has few natural resources.

People. More than 3.9 million people live in Costa Rica. The official language is Spanish, while English is occasionally spoken. Whites (including Mestizos) comprise 94% of the population with Amerindian (1%) Chinese (1%) and black (3%) minorities. The country is mainly Roman Catholic (76%) and Protestant (Evangelical 12.7%).

Government. Using the politics of consensus and with no military establishment (except for a brief period in 1948), Costa Rica's political stability has been much admired. Costa Rica's years of free and democratic elections are a remarkable achievement of political stability and civil rights. President Oscar Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 and remains a respected world leader. However, a low voter turnout of 65% in presidential elections signaled dissatisfaction with the nation's traditional parties. In 2004, evidence of high level corruption resulted in the failure of two former presidents on charges of graft. President Oscar Arias won very narrowly in 2006.

Costa Rica's concrete action to preserve its natural resources has protected 13% of its land with plans for 25% of the land to be preserved as national parkland. Using a debt for nature swap, Costa Rica has been able to enlarge and protect La Amistad, a 1.7 million-acre reserve of tropical rain forest.

Economy. Costa Ricans enjoy the highest standard of living in Central America. The presence of few large landowners and the predominance of small- and medium-range agricultural operations as well as the government's commitment to the social welfare of the majority have contributed to more generalized economic and social benefits. Tight controls exist on banking, insurance, oil refining and public utilities. Even within the privatization of the state-owned cement and fertilizer industries, employees, trade unions and cooperatives are protected. But Costa Rica's indigenous populations in part because of their remote location have inadequate schools, health care and access to potable water. Fully 20% of the population lives in poverty.

Areas of Concern. Enabling indigenous people to benefit from the economy is a concern. Refugees from other war-torn countries are a concern. The economy has been under stress since 1994. Environmental concerns include deforestation, soil erosion, coastal marine pollution, solid waste management and air pollution. There is concern that the tropical rain forests are being destroyed before their usefulness can be discovered.

Airport: Both car and eight person minibuses are available for hire at the airport for transport to hotels. Fare to downtown San Jose is approximately US$17.00. In addition, most big hotels have a minibus service to and from the airport.

Taxis: Within San Jose: can be hailed or ordered by telephone; have white number plates. When taking taxis within the city limits, make sure the electronic meter is used. When travelling outside the city limits, checking fixed rate fares in advanced is highly recommended. Tipping is unnecessary. All taxis are red except those serving Juan Santamaria international airport, which are orange.

Car Rental: Many car rental agencies have offices both at the airport, downtown and at some major tourist destinations. A valid national drivers license is usually good for the duration of a tourist visa.

Buses: Costa Rica has an extensive, relatively efficient and cheap bus system serving the metropolitan area and most of the country.

Air: SANSA and Nature Air are the domestic carriers with regular flights from San Jose to prime tourist destination. There are buses from the two aiports in San Jose to the center. A number of smaller airlines provide domestic charter flights as well. There are over 200 small airfields throughout the country.

UNUSUAL/STRICT LAWS: Always carry your driving license. There are tough drunk driving laws, with the penalty of having your driving license impounded for a minimum of three years.

Air travellers from Colombia now need visas and are subject to strict searches for drugs. Failure to carry identification papers/passport may mean imprisonment as police carry out spot checks for illegal immigrants.

Street corner foreign exchange transactions are technically illegal, and often risky.

SECURITY: There are pickpockets in downtown San Jose. Beware of mugging in the national parks at night and of theft at beaches and ports.

Important information

Before you leave for Costa Rica, take a minute to:

Make copies of your passport and flight documents, credit card number(s) and/or traveler’s checks numbers and take them with you separately. Once in Costa Rica, it is recommended to make a copy of your incoming visa also.

Take note of the phone numbers in Costa Rica of the major credit card companies, which may come in handy in case you lose your credit card: Mastercard/VISA 22570155, AMEX 001 800 5282121 or Diner’s Club 22572351 (Mon.-Fri.) or 22577878 (weekend)

Take note of the Tourist Institutes emergency phone number: 800 0123456 for assistance 24 hours a day.

EMERGENCY

NUMEROS IMPORTANTES

EMERGENCY - 911

FIRE/BOMBEROS - 118

POLICE/POLICIA - 117

TIME/HORA - 112

INFO - 113

Tourist Info - 192

International Operator - 124

Emergencias - 911

Servicias Medico 24 - 2380-4125

Policia - 117

Policia de Transito - 2643-1654

Guardia Rural - 2643-3011 or 127

Cruz Roja - 2643-3090 or 128

Farmacia De Jaco - 2643-3205

Clinica de Jaco - 2643-3667

Labratorio Clinico Jaco - 2643-2118

Abuse & Corruption Reports - 800-258-7474

Cable Tica - (+506) 2643-2351

CCSS - (+506) 2643-3552

Correo - (+506) 2643-2175

Poison Center -

Transit Accidents - 800-872-6748

INS - 800-800-8000

Fiscalia de Jaco - (+506) 2643-3686

Fuerza Publica - (+506) 2643-1631

ICE - (+506) 2643-3166

Municipalidad - (+506) 2643-3038

Oficina de la Mujer - (+506) 2643-3500

OIJ - (+506) 2643-1731

PANI - (+506) 2523-0800

Immigration - (+506) 2220-0355

ICT - (+506) 2299-5800

Take note of the phone numbers in Costa Rica of the major credit card companies, which may come in handy in case you lose your credit card:

Mastercard/VISA 2257-0155,

AMEX 001 800 5282121

Diner’s Club 2257-2351 (Mon.-Fri.) or 2257-7878 (weekend)

Take note of the Tourist Institutes emergency phone number: 800 0123456 for assistance 24 hours a day.

ATT 0800-011-4114

MCI 0800-012-2222

Sprint - 0800-013-0123

Visa International 0800-011-0030

American Express 0800-011-0184

Airports

Juan Santamaria - (+506) 2443-2622

Tobias Bolanos Airport - (+506) 2232-2820

Daniel Oduber International - (+506) 2668-1010

Ferries

Puntarenas - Naranjo - (+506) 2661-1069

Puntarenas - Paquera - (+506) 2641-0515

Travel

San Jose C.R. Airport Information San Jose C.R. Current Flight Schedules and Status

American Airlines www.aa.com

1-800-433-7300Spanish 1-800-633-3711

TDD (hearing & speech impaired) 1-800-543-1586

C.R. +506.2248-9010

Continental AirLines www.continental.com

Intl Res #1.800.231.0856

(TTD/TT): 800.343.9195

Baggage 1.800.335.BAGS (800.335.2247)

One Pass 713.952.1630

Flight Arr/Dep Info # 800.784.4444

San Jose, Costa Rica

0800.044.0005

Oficentro La Virgen Nbr 2

Zona Industrial

Pavas

Mon. - Fri. 0800 - 1700, Sat. 0900 - 1300 (Continental Ticket Office)

Centro Comercial La Lomita

2nd. Piso Oficina 3

San Pedro

Mon. - Fri. 0830 - 1730, Sat. 0900 - 1300 (Continental Ticket Office)

Hotel Barcelo

San Jose Palacio

Tercer Kilometro Autopista

General Canas Barrio Robledal

Mon. - Fri. 1000 - 1900, Sat. 1500 - 1900 (Continental Ticket Office)

Delta Airline www.delta.com

Delta Mobile Wireless Acess

General Sales & Service 800-221-1212 404-765-5000

800-323-2323 for SkyMiles Members

800-325-1999 for Flight Information

Delta Shuttle 800-933-5935

Hearing & Speech Impaired (TDD) 800-831-4488

Costa Rica

0800-056-2002

Frontier Airlines (Denver Gateway) www.frontierairlines.com

Martin Air www.martinairusa.com

Toll Free:1-800-Martinair (627-8462)

Tel: 1-561-391-1313 Fax: 1-561-391-2188

In Costa Rica: Tel. +506-2232-3246

Nature Air (Service SJO->XQP(Quepos)) www.natureair.com

Toll Free USA/Canada 800 235 9272

Reservations: 506 2299 6000

Tobias Bolaños Airport, San Jose Costa Rica

Paradise Air(SJO->XQP(Quepos) and Jaco Area) www.flywithparadise.com

Toll Free(US) 1-877-412.0877

+506.2231.0938 +506.2296.3600

Fax: +506.2296.1429

Cell (Eng):+506.8397.2017

Cell (SP/Eng): +506.8383.9761

Reservations

reservations@flywithparadise.com

Sansa Airlines(Taca) (Service SJO->XQP(Quepos)) www.flysansa.com

San Jose - Administration San Jose - Edificio TACA La Uruca, San Jose - Costa Rica Phone: +(506) 2290-4400 Fax +(506) 2290-3538

San Jose - Juan Santa Maria Airport Costado oeste de cuerpo de bomberos de Aeropuerto Internacional Phone: +(506) 2442-9385 Fax +(506) 2442-7472

Sansa REGIONAL Center (Sales Ticket's) Edificio Colon, primer piso oficina 1-31, San Jose - Costa Rica Phone: +(506) 2223-4179 Fax +(506) 2248-11

Quepos - AirportAeropuerto La Managua Phone: +(506) 2777-1912

Spirit Airlines (Ft.Lauderdale gateway) www.spiritair.com

English: 800-772-7117 Espanol: 800-756-7117

In the Dominican Republic, please call 888-751-2275 to book reservations.

Taca Airlines (C.R. based) www.taca.com

1-800-400-TACA

Miami, FL.

7795 West Flager St. Suite 45, Mall of the Americas. Miami, FL 33144

Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-4:00pm

Costa Rica

(506) 2299-TACA (8222)

Curridabat

75 metros al oeste del Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos . Centro Comercial Plaza Freses Local #7

Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat 8:00am-5:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm

Escazú

Centro Comercial Plaza Los Laureles , Escazú.

Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

La Sabana

Diagonal Noreste al parque metropolitano La Sabana, San Jose

Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat 8:00am-5:00pm, Sun 9:00am-5:00pm

TACA Satelites

Hotel Clarion Amon

Avenida 11 y calle 3 bis

Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm

U.S. Airways www.usair.com

Airport Codes of Costa Rica

Buenos Aires (IATA code: BAI)

Barra Colorado (IATA code: BCL)

Canas (IATA code: CSC)

Carrillo (IATA code: RIK)

Coto 47 (IATA code: OTR)

Golfito (IATA code: GLF)

Guapiles (IATA code: GPL)

Las Canas (IATA code: LCS)

Limon (IATA code: LIO)

Liberia: Daniel Oduber IAP (IATA code: LIR)

Los Chiles (IATA code: LSL)

Nicoya (IATA code: NCT)

Nosara Beach (IATA code: NOM)

Palmar (IATA code: PMZ)

Playa Samara (IATA code: PLD)

Puerto Jimenez (IATA code: PJM)

Quepos (IATA code: XQP)

Rio Frio (IATA code: RFR)

San Jose: El Coco (IATA code: OCO)

San Jose: Juan Santamaria IAP (IATA code: SJO)

Santa Cruz (IATA code: SZC)

Tamarindo (IATA code: TNO)

Tambor (IATA code: TMU)

Tortuquero (IATA code: TTQ)

Upala (IATA code: UPL)

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PLUS Rental Cars has had numerous bad reports posted on the internet!

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Busses

Tica Bus

Bus Timetables

Local/Directivo

Alajuela

Jaco'

Quepos

San Isidro

San Jose'

Station Map

INFO SOURCE

Maps

San Jose Map(pdf)

San Jose Map II

Google Map San Jose

Google Map Playa Jaco'

Cupotico maps Jaco

CR Maps Jaco

CR Maps Quepos

Alajuela

Cartago

Guanacaste

Heredia

Limon

Puntarenas

San Jose

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OnLine and Print Newspapers(English)

A.M. Costa Rica

Inside Costa Rica

Tico Times

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Auto Info

Fuel(Petro) - Jaco GPS 9° 35' 59" N, 84° 37' 01" W

Fuel(Petrol)

Costa Rican GPS

Radio Stations

979 Conexion Adult Contemporary San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Extra Canal 42 TV Live Broadcast Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Jazz 95.5 FM Jazz Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Los 40 104.3 FM Top 40 San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Mega Hits 99.1 FM Music TV San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Omega 105.1 FM Top 40/Latin Hits San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio 94.7 FM Top 40 San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio 1 102.7 FM Rock San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio 107.5 FM Alternative Escazu Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio 2 99.5 FM Adult Contemporary San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio America 780 AM News San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Columbia 98.7 FM News Talk Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Columbia Estereo 92.7 FM Adult Contemporary Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Eco 95.9 FM News Talk San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Faro del Caribe 97.1 FM Religious San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Fides 1040 AM Religious Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio For Peace International News Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Monumental 93.5 FM News San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Radio Monumental Stations

LaMejor 99.1Website Listen Live

Best 103.5 Website Listen Live

Zeta 95.1 Website Listen Live

Reloj Website Listen Live

Ponte eXa Website Listen Live

Radio Musical 97.5 FM Oldies Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Sendas 89.5 FM Religious San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Vox Pop 106.3 FM Top 40 San Jose Costa Rica Language: Spanish Website Listen Live

Banks(Banco)

Current Exchange Rates

Cajeros Automaticos=(ATM Machines)

State Owned Banks


Banco Nacional de Costa Rica

Established in 1914, the Banco Nacional is the largest state commercial bank in both assets and number of branches.

www.bncr.fi.cr
Tel. (506) 2212-2000
Fax. (506) 2255-2436
Apdo. Postal: 6714-1000 San José
San José

Jaco (506) 2643-3621


Banco Central de Costa Rica

Regulates Costa Rican banking policies.

www.bccr.fi.cr
Tel. (506) 2243-3333
Fax. (506) 2243-3011
San José


Banco de Costa Rica

With branches throughout the country, Banco de Costa Rica is considered the most profitable and probably best-run state commercial bank.

www.bancobcr.com
Tel. (506) 2287-9000
Fax. (506) 2255-3316
Apdo. Postal: 10035-1000 San José
San José


Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago

Is the smallest of the state run banks.

www.bancreditocr.com
Tel. (506) 2223-8855
Fax. (506) 2222-1911
Apdo. Postal: 5572-1000 San José
San José.

Private Banks


Scotia bank (Canadian)

Scotiabank offers a wide range of personal, commercial and retail, corporate, and trade finance services. With 13 branches across the country, and 1 more to be added to the network by the end of 2003, Scotiabank offers an extensive range of retail and commercial banking services. In 2007 ScotiaBank completed the aquisition of Interfin Bank in Costa Rica.
www.scotiabank.com

Banco San José

The bank is part of the BAC Credomatic Network, comprised of eight banks in Central America, the Caribbean, and Panama, and Credomatic, the largest credit and debit card issuer and processor in the region. BAC SanJose is the financial branch of Grupo BAC.

www.bac.net
Tel. (506) 2256-9911
Tel. (506) 2222-8208
Apdo. Postal: 5445-1000 San José
San José

Banco Popular

www.popularenlinea.fi.cr

Banco Uno

www.bancouno.fi.cr

Corporación Banex

Banex is now part of the HSBC world Banking Corporation.

BANEX offers customers advanced on-line banking services as well as a in line it offers an advanced and powerful system to him of financial technology that provides with information the 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, allowing him of agile and safe way, to administer its accounts efficiently, to make its electronic transferences and to carry out, by means of a novel platform, diverse consultations on its accounts, financial investments, credits and other aspects.

BANEX offers customers advanced on-line banking services as well as a en línea le ofrece un avanzado y poderoso sistema de tecnología financiera que lo provee de información las 24 horas de día los 365 días del año, permitiéndole de manera ágil y segura, administrar eficientemente sus fondos, realizar sus transferencias electrónicas y efectuar, mediante una novedosa plataforma, diversas consultas sobre sus cuentas, inversiones, créditos y otros aspectos financieros.

www.hsbc.fi.cr
Tel. (506) 2257-0522
Fax. (506) 2256-0210
Apdo. Postal: 7983-1000 San José
Av. 1, C. Ctrl, Edificio Banex, San José


Banco Cuscatlan

Banco Cuscatlan is now owned by Citigroup. Corporation UBC International is the holding company that owns the Cuscatlan Groups in the region. This Group has duly regulated operations in El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and the United States of America, by means of family remittances. Corporate shareholders include partners such as the International Finance Corporation, IFC, in addition to the Central American partners of the most prestigious business groups of the region.
www.bancocuscatlan.com/costarica/index.html
Tel. (506) 2221-2845
Tel. (506) 2220-2140
C. 28 y 30 P. Colón, San José
San José


Banco Interfín(Now ScotiaBank)

Established 1979, Corporación Interfin S.A. is dedicated to providing international financing and business services for industrial as well as commercial companies. This Bank was aquired by ScotiaBank of Canada, with conversion completed in August of 2007. Enter thru the following link redirected to ScotiaBank Costa Rica.

www.interfin.fi.cr


Banco Cathay

Appears no longer have banks in Costa Rica.


Banco Promerica

Established in 1992, Promerica offers a wide range of financial services. Branches are available only in the central valley.

www.promerica.fi.cr
Tel. (506) 2296-4848
Fax. (506) 2232-5727
Pavas, San José

Stores

Automercado

Hipermas

Mas x Menos (WalMart Owned)

Jacó-50 metros al sur de la Sucursal del Banco Nacional de Jacó, Puntarenas.

+506-2643-3611 +506 2643-3027

Maxibodega (WalMart Owned)

Alajuela-Contiguo a Plaza`Ferias (+506) 2443-6196

Jaco-Antigua Coca Cola, costado Norte del cementerio Jorge Luis Chavez Cortes

Munoz y Nanne (San Pedro suburn of SJO)

PriceSmart (Membership)

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The Gentleman's Clubs

JACO

San Jose to Jaco' by Bus

If you are a real adventurer you can catch a bus to Jaco at the Coca-Cola Bus Terminal in San Jose, located at Calle 16 between Avenidas 1 and 3. The buses to Jaco leave San Jose daily at 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The fare is $2.66 (1350CL) and the trip takes 2 ½ to 3 hours. The buses are modern, safe and, a great way to meet the locals and see the real Costa Rica.

Once in Jaco, if you need to rent a car for a day trip or to explore more of Costa Rica, there are many car rentals available – Budget, Economy, Zuma. Car rentals are aproximately $50 to $60 per day. Budget is located next to the bus station and bank and only a 5 minute walk from Clarita's. www.claritashotel.com

Remember the coin in Costa Rica is the Colone. Its exchange rate with the dollar changes almost weekly. Currently approx $1 USD= 500CL There are 2 banks with ATMs in Jaco.

Bus Schedule

JACO

Google Map Playa Jaco'

Cupotico maps Jaco

CR Maps Jaco

Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce

Restaurants

Bar Clarita's - Phone (+506) 2643-2615 - www.claritashotel.com

Bar y Restaurante Fusion - Phone (+506) 2643-1776

Beatle Bar

Phone (+506) 2643-3211 - www.thebeatlebar.com GPS: 9° 37' 05.36" N, 84° 37' 56.79" W

The most happening spot in Jaco."

The Beatle Bar in Jaco beach is the Most famous Bar / Nightclub in all of Latin America. The hottest women 7 days a week, the best music, great food, super cold beer, and always packed with tourists from all over the world. No wonder why thousands of people go to vacation and party in Jaco Beach Costa Rica. The place is amazing!

They recently remodeled the whole place. Air conditioning (thank you owners), classy furnishings, and a great new Kitchen. Really cool T-shirts now too !

Oh, also the only place to watch all the NFL Sunday and Monday night Football Games. They have 4 Big Plasma TV's with NFL ticket"

Casino & Sportsbook Jazz - Phone (+506) 2643-2316

Sport Fishing - (+506) 8357-9227 - www.hookedoncostarica.com

Internet Café Jacocafe.com - Phone (+506) 2643-2601 - www.jacocafe.com e-mail: jacocafe@hotmail.com

Internet Café Mexican Joes - Phone (+506) 2643-2141

La Bruja

Phone (+506) 2643-3493 Center of Jaco on Main St. Across from the Beatle Bar, South of Calle Anita. GPS: 9° 37' 05.32" N, 84° 37' 57.83" W

Pacific Bistro

Phone (+506) 2643-3771

Pizzería Big Bamboo - Phone (+506) 2643-3706

Restaurante El Colonial - Phone (+506) 2643-3326 - Fax (+506) 2643-3332

Restaurante El Hicaco - Phone (+506) 2643-3226 - e-mail: restelhicaco@racsa.co.cr

Restaurante El Pelicano - Phone (+506) 2637-8910 - Fax (+506) 2637-8887

Restaurante Juanita - Phone (+506) 2637-8073

Restaurante y Pizzería El Picaro - Phone (+506) 2643-1147

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Places to Stay

AMAPOLA HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-2255 / 2643-3668 website: www.hotelamapola.com

APARHOTEL VISTA PACIFICO - Phone: (+506) 2643-3261

e-mail: vistapacifico@racsa.co.cr website: www.vistapacifico.com

ARCO AZUL SPA - Phone: (+506) 2637-8880 / 2201-8880

e-mail: info@arcoazul.com website: www.arcoazul.com

ARENAL PACIFICO HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-3419 website: www.arenalpacifico.com

BALCON DEL MAR HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-2223

e-mail: balcon@racsa.co.cr website:www.hotelbalcondelmar.com

BEST WESTERN HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-1000 website: www.grupomarta.com

Cabinas Jacomar - Phone (+506) 2643-1665 - Fax (+506) 2643-1934

Cabinas Manglar - Phone (+506) 2458-1111 website: www.jacomanglar.com e-mail: info@jacomanglar.com

Cabinas Vista Hermosa - Phone (+506) 2643-3422 - www.vistahermosa.20m.com

e-mail: vista_hermosa@racsa.co.cr

CANCIONES DEL MAR HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 6243-3273

e-mail: info@cancionesdelmar.com website: www.cancionesdelmar.com

CIELO LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS - Phone: 8348-6891

e-mail: cielocondos@gmailcom website: www.montezumacondos.com

Clarita's Hotel - Phone (+506) 2643-2615 - www.claritashotel.com GPS: 9° 37' 13.77" N, 84° 38' 18.62" W

CLUB DEL MAR HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-3194

e-mail: hotelclubdelmar@racsa.co.cr website: www.clubdelmarcostarica.com

CONDO JACO - www.condojaco.com e-mail: info@condojaco.com

CONDOMINIUMS PARADISE - Phone (732) 598-0044 - www.relaxinjaco.com e-mail: info@relaxinjaco.com

CONDOMINIUMS TROPICAL - Phone (732) 598-0044 - www.relaxinjaco.com e-mail: info@relaxinjaco.com

COOL DAWN PROPERTIES - Phone: (+506) 2643-2711 / 8847-4630

e-mail: info@era-realty.net website: www.era-realty.net

COCAL HOTEL & CASINO - Phone: 2643-3067

e-mail: cocalcr@racsa.co.cr website: www.hotelcocalandcasino.com

COSTA LINDA CONDOMINIOS - Phone: (+506) 2643-1073

Costas Villas - Phone/Fax (+506) 2637-8120 - Cel. (+506) 8376-6177 / (+506) 8827-8749

www.costasproperties.com - e-mail: costasparadise@racsa.co.cr

DAY STAR - Phone: (+506) 2643-2082 / 2643-1290

e-mail: info@daystar-properties.com website: www.daystar-properties.com

DAY STAR - BAHIA ENCANTADA - Phone: (+506) 2643-2082 / 2643-1290

e-mail: info@daystar-properties.com website: www.daystar-properties.com

DAY STAR - DIAMANTE DEL SOL - Phone: (+506) 2643-2082 / 2643-1290

e-mail: info@daystar-properties.com website: www.daystar-properties.com

DAY STAR - LA PALOMA BLANCA - Phone: 2643-2082 / 2643-1290

e-mail: info@daystar-properties.com website: www.daystar-properties.com

DAY STAR - THE PACIFIC - Phone: (+506) 2643-2082 / 2643-1290

e-mail: info@daystar-properties.com website: www.daystar-properties.com

DOCE LUNAS HOTEL & RESTAURANT - Phone: (+506) 2643-2211 / 2643-2216

e-mail: info@docelunas.com website: www.docelunas.com

EL JARDIN HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-3050

FLAMBOYANT HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-3146 / 2643-1732

GIRASOL HOTEL - Phone: (+506) 2643-1591 website: www.girasol.com

GYPSI CONDOMINIOS - Phone: (+506) 2643-1296

HOTEL MEDITERRANEO - Phone: (+506) 2643-3949 website: www.hotelmediterraneo.com

e-mail: info@hotelmediterraneo.com

HOTEL NINE - Phone: (+506) 2643-3507 website: www.hotelnine.com

Hotel Copacabana - Phone (+506) 2643-1005 - www.copacabanahotel.com

e-mail: hotcopa@racsa.co.cr

Hotel De Haan

Phone (+506) 2643 1795 www.hoteldehaan.com GPS: 9° 36' 52" N, 84° 37' 45" W

Their website is having issues now. Please contact by phone, or the following E-Mail until their site is back up. 4/18/2008

agl_de_haan@hotmail.com

Hotel Fuego del Sol - Phone (+506) 2440-6768 - www.fuegodelsolhotel.com

Hotel Iguana Perezoza - Phone (+506) 2643-1042  www.lazyliz.com

- e-mail: lazylizard@racsa.co.cr

Hotel Terraza del Pacífico -  Phone (+506) 2643-3222 - Fax (506) 2643-3424

- e-mail: terraza@racsa.co.cr

Hotel y Bar Backyard - Phone/Fax (+506) 2643-1311 www.backyardhotel.com

- e-mail: backyard@racsa.co.cr

Hotel y Restaurante Poseidon - Phone (+506) 2643-1642 - Toll Free: 888-643-1242

www.hotel-poseidon.com - e-mail: info@hotel-poseidon.com

Hotel y Restaurante Villa Caletas - Phone (+506) 2637-0505 - www.villacaletas.com

LA PALMERA HOTEL Phone: 2643-4062

RELAX IN COSTA RICA - Phone (732) 598-0044 - www.relaxinjaco.com

e-mail: info@relaxinjaco.com

Villas Pura Vida - Phone (+506) 2643-2039 - www.casapuravida.com

Other Businesses

Cigars

LOS CUBANOS HABANOS Phone: 2643-2436 / 2643-4313 e-mail: deilyn@hotmail.com

website: www.cigarsjaco.com

Computer Services and Networking

Ohio State Electronics Phone: +1.440.888.4682 e-mail Eng@ohiost.net website www.ohiost.net

Directory Services

AmericasLink Phone: +1.440.499.5823 e-mail jpleva@ameritech.net website www.americaslink.us

WiFi - Wireless Internet

AmericasLink Phone: +1.440.499.5823 e-mail jpleva@ameritech.net website www.americaslink.us

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Hostels

Alajuela

Maleku Phone: +(506) 2430 4304 or + (506) 8880 5720 www.malekuhostel.com 50mts oeste del Nuevo Hospital. Alajuela, Costa Rica. email: malekuhostel@gmail.com

This is a nice hostel, about 5 minutes to the airport. They will pick you up, or drop you off during normal hours. This is a great stop on your way in or out of Costa Rica. There is a Mas x Menos Supermarket 10 doors away with great prices on food, and with the kitchen available making it a great cost savings. Safe, probably the cleanest Hostel that I have been in, and friendly! From $10 USD -Dorm

REMEMBER!

If you are coming from the pacific coast or Central America, ALL BUSES stop at the airport. So DON'T go all the way t o San José down town, get off at the Airport.

Directions from the Airport

By public bus:

The buses stop in front of the airport (yellow or red buses).Take the buses going to ALAJUELA.Tell the bus driver to stop at the entrance of the NEW Hospital of Alajuela. (Parar en la entrada del Hospital nuevo de Alajuela).We are located 200 mts from the bus stop, the hostel is on the corner.Bus rate $0.75.

By public taxi:

Reach for a red cab, tell the taxi our direction. Rate $2.50

By airport Taxi: We Recomment to take a Orange Cab

Give the taxi driver our direction.Orange Cab rate $3

If you are coming from San Jose or Heredia:

Take a bus to Alajuela por el INVU, tell the bus driver to stop at the entrance to the new hospital of Alajuela.If the bus goes non stop, it won’t stop at the airport. Bus rate $0.75

Jaco'

Hotel De Haan - Phone (+506) 2643 1795 www.hoteldehaan.com

This property is safe, clean, and friendly. I did not stay here, but they showed me one of the rooms, and was Tico, nice, and clean. This property is 50 mtrs to the beach, and close to the center street in Jaco'. Mas x Menos Supermecado, and Banco De Costa Rica a close walk from here.

San Jose'

CR Backpackers Hostel. - Phone (+506) 2221-6191 or (+506) 2223-2406 Fax us : (+506) 2223-2406 http://www.costaricabackpackers.com Email : costaricabackpackers@gmail.com

This property is safe, clean, and friendly. From $10 USD -Dorm I upgraded to a King Private in the next building(Costa Rica Guesthouse) ($28 USD). Great facilities, Pool, Resturant, WiFi, Internet room, and kitchen area. Address : Avenida 6 Calle 21/23 - De la esquina noreste de la corte 100 metros al este Write to us : Costa Rica Backpackers, correo central San Jose, apartado postal 12991-1000

Costa Rica Guesthouse - Phone Tel / Fax: (+506) 2223-7034 www.costa-rica-guesthouse.com /Emails: info@costa-rica-guesthouse.com costaricaguesthouse@gmail.com

avenida 6 calle 21/23

This property is safe, extreemely clean, and friendly. I upgraded from CR Backpackers in the next building to a King Private in Costa Rica Guesthouse ($28 USD). Great facilities in CR Backpackers Hostel, Pool, Resturant, WiFi, Internet room, and kitchen area, are available for Guesthouse guests.

Quepos

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Costa Rica statistics

Geography

Area: 19,700 square miles

Capital: San Jose (pop 325,000)

Environmental concerns: deforestation; soil erosion; coastal marine pollution; fisheries protection; solid waste management; air pollution

Geographical features: costal plains separated by rugged mountains

Climate: tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands

People.

3,956,507 people; white (94% - including a few Mestizos); black (3%); Amerindian (1%); Chinese (1%)

Annual growth rate: 1.52%

Major language: Spanish

Religions: Roman Catholic (76%); Evangelical (13.7%)

Health and social issues

Life expectancy: Men, 74 years; women, 79 years

Infant mortality: 10.26 deaths per 1000 live births

21% of the population lives in poverty

1 physician per 763 people

HIV/AIDS rate in adults: 0.6%

95% of adults are literate

Compulsory education: ages 6-15; free

Communication and transportation

1,132,000 main telephone lines

800,000 Internet users

21,363 miles of highway

593 miles of railroad

155 airfields

119,000 motor vehicles

Government

Costa Rica is a democratic republic that gained its independence from Spain on September 15, 1821.

President Oscar Arias is both head of state and government

6 major political parties

Suffrage: universal and compulsory at 18

Military

Military expenditures are 0.4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Current disputes: none

Economy

Currency: colons

Per capita income: $7,100

GDP: $ 35.34 billion

GDP growth rate: 7%

Inflation rate: 10.8%

Labor force: (20%) agricultural; (22%) industry; (58%) services

Resources and industry

Natural resources: hydropower

Agriculture: coffee; pineapples; bananas; sugar; corn; rice; beans; potatoes; beef; timber

Industry: microprocessors; food processing; textiles and clothing; construction materials; fertilizer; plastic products; tourism

Exports: $6.4 billion

Imports: $7.5 billion


PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:

New Year's Day Jan 1

Feast of Saint Joseph (San Jose's patron saint) Mar 19

Anniversary of the Battle of Rivas Apr 11

Easter (Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday)*

Labor Day May 1

Corpus Christi* Jun 10

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Jun 29

Anniversary of the Annexation of Guanacaste Province Jul 25

Our Lady of the Angels Aug 2

Assumption/Mother's Day Aug 15

Independence Day Sep 15

Columbus Day/Dia de las Culturas Oct 12

Immaculate Conception Dec 8

Christmas Eve Dec 24

Christmas Day Dec 25

Christmas Holiday Dec 28-31

* Variable dates. Some offices close for the entire Easter week.

San José

The main entryway to the country, the Central Valley offers a variety of tourist, cultural and natural attractions, including Costa Rica's best museums: the Gold, Jade, National, Costa Rican Art, La Salle Natural Science, University of Costa Rica Insect and Children's Contemporary Art and Design Museums. In addition, this region is home to the architectural jewel of Costa Rica: the National Theater. All of these are located in the country's capital. The national parks located in the Valley - Poás, Braulio Carrillo, Irazú and Turrialba - protect the region's main volcanoes. All have road infrastructure so that visitors can enjoy their birds, natural landscapes, craters and forests.

The country's capital, San José, is the seat of most government services; however, the provincial capitals - Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago - offer a variety of quality commercial and tourism services. As a tourism zone, the Central Valley features two extraordinarily beautiful areas that in and of themselves are true tourist destinations: Turrialba and Valle de los Santos. The rural towns, for their part, are highly picturesque, and offer a glimpse of old Costa Rica, with their houses of bahareque (a building material similar to adobe but made of cattle dung and straw), large coffee plantations, sugar mills and dairies.

VOLCÁN POÁS NATIONAL PARK (Alajuela Province)

Rising 2,708 meters above sea level, this volcano's gas emissions have notably increased since 1989, causing acid rain that has damaged plant life in some areas of the park as well as neighboring agricultural plantations. The summit features two craters: the main one, at one and a half kilometers in diameter and 300 meters deep; and Laguna Botos, a cold, rain-fed lake that feeds the Río Ángel, a tributary of the Río Sarapiquí that flows into the Caribbean. Currently the volcano emits a great quantity of gases and steam from the various fumaroles located in the crater's inner cone. Visitor services include information, a park ranger station, trails, restrooms, drinking water, signage, a cafeteria, souvenir shop and several natural viewpoints.

LIBERIA (Guanacaste Province)

North Guanacaste harbors an important portion of the costa rican cultural and natural patrimony. Not in vain there is a significant number of protected areas, including coastal, mountainous, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems, where life develops with exuberance.

It is situated in the northern part of the country, and covers the pacific coast of Costa Rica, since the limit with Nicaragua to Punta Cerritos, located 22 km. west from de city of Santa Cruz. It covers an extension of approximately 100 km. of the Pacific Coast. In the past, this region has had its natural vocation in the cattle raising and in the agriculture. Currently, nevertheless, the incomparable beauty of its landscapes, that go from the tropical dry forest to the forest montano low and its hot climate, as well as its fertile nature, have done of Guanacaste one of the most concurred places by the local and international tourism. Besides an important backup in the Pole of Tourist Development of the Papagayo's Gulf, there is the Daniel Oduber International, where a large quantity of flights arrives charter and regular flights from the United States.

North Guanacaste has two main tourist centers that are Liberia (central of stopover distribution, scale and excursion) and Santa Cruz, and three other tourist centers: El Coco, Tamarindo and Flamingo. The landscape of the coast is exceptional. There are beaches of white sands and a peaceful sea qualified by intense blue, especially the ones located inside Papagayo's Gulf (Nacascolo, Virador, Iguanita and Panama). It is one of the regions of greater development, based on hotels of high investment with potentiality of direct demand.

MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

Manuel Antonio National Park's 683 hectares boast some of the country's most varied and breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by lush, very wet tropical forest, the park's trails offer sightings of white-faced monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas and many bird species, as well as the Costa Rican squirrel monkey (Saimiri oerstedii citrinellus), which is endemic to Manuel Antonio—that is, it is found only in this part of the world. Increasingly endangered, at last count these monkeys numbered only 1,500.

Manuel Antonio National Park's 683 hectares boast some of the country's most varied and breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by lush, very wet tropical forest, the park's trails offer sightings of white-faced monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas and many bird species, as well as the Costa Rican squirrel monkey (Saimiri oerstedii citrinellus), which is endemic to Manuel Antonio—that is, it is found only in this part of the world. Increasingly endangered, at last count these monkeys numbered only 1,500.

JACO

At just seven meters above sea level, the city of Jacó has a large beach for enjoying sea and sun. Its proximity to San José makes it one of the most visited beaches in the country by both Costa Ricans and foreigners. Jacó offers one of the most extensive selections of tourist services in Costa Rica.

Shaped in a pleasant curve, its four-kilometer-long beach is bordered by hills at either end. Swimming with caution, due to strong currents, and surfing are the favorite activities here. Visitors can walk or ride horses along the beach, rent mountain bikes or scooters, or take a turn around a go-cart track. Boat travel is possible from Jacó to Playa Escondida, a well-known beach among surfers.

PLAYA TAMARINDO

Playa Tamarindo, along with Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas, make up Bahía Tamarindo. This beautiful beach features rocky areas and an island (Capitán) at its southern end. Its luxuriant greenery includes pink trumpet trees, tamarinds and coconut palms. Excellent and varied services are offered, allowing visitors to enjoy the beach by day and the nightlife after sunset. A Blue Flag beach, Tamarindo is ideal for relaxing, walking, horseback riding and sport-fishing and diving tours, as well as visiting the mangrove swamp and observing nesting sea turtles. South of the bay lies the most important stretch of coast for surfing.

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