Destination Information for Costa Rica
The Central American country of Costa Rica has coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica is known for its stunning natural highlights, including volcanoes, beaches and protected jungle areas, forming a diverse and fascinating landscape.
Many visitors are drawn by the prospect of seeing rare and beautiful wildlife; including the colourful quetzal bird and irresistible spider monkey. Almost a quarter of the country’s land area is national park or part of a protected area, home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna, making Costa Rica a popular destination for ecotourism; an estimated 46% of visitors to the country engage in related activities, including bird watching, trekking and visiting rural communities.
The most popular part of the country for tourists is the Central Pacific region, with its long coastline with the Pacific Ocean. There are many beaches and resorts here, and relatively easy access to the Southern Pacific region, home to beautiful tropical beaches and lush rainforests.
The capital, San Jose, has plenty going on with a variety of museums and cafes, but the real attraction is the great outdoors. Costa Rica really is a fabulous destination for travellers who want to see stunning wildlife, stay active with a range of sporting activities, and have an action-packed adventure in a beautiful part of the world.
Chikungunya in the Carribean/Americas
The outbreak of chikungunya virus infection in various Caribbean islands and the Americas is ongoing; WHO/PAHO has published further epidemiological data on countries reporting autochthonous transmission.
- Belize, 3 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
- Costa Rica, 250 confirmed.
- El Salvador, 145,403 suspected cases, 157 confirmed.
- Guatemala, 31,463 suspected cases, 415 confirmed.
- Honduras, 22,883 suspected cases, 14 confirmed.
- Nicaragua, 19,554 suspected cases, 4153 confirmed.
- Panama, 22 confirmed cases. Unchanged since Jan 9 report.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a variable risk of P.Vivax malaria in Limon province, in and around Matina. There is a low to no risk in other areas where anti-malarial medication is not advised.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for variable risk zones:
Chloroquine. Proguanil can also be used is Chloroquine is not deemed suitable