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Hotel Capital San Jose Costa Rica

Welcome to Hotel Capital San Jose Costa Rica.
We offer 15 Rooms all equipped with TV Cable, Private Bathroom, Hot Water, Fan, Double orthopedic bed, available rooms for two / three beds. Located in the historical downtown of San Jose, near to almost all the bus station to travel around the country and outside (Panama, Nicaragua). A large historical Costa Rican B/W Pictures collection.


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Our hotels could be your base for first and last night and transit around the country. We offer you security box, luggage store, laundry sevice, airport pick up , free tourist information, tours, car rental. We are so friendly, you can be sure we will always try to do our best for your comfort in our hotels - cheap and good accommodation.

 

 

 

 

DEMOCRACY IN COSTA RICA

Democracy is not only the type of government of Costa Rica. Democracy is also the source of tremendous pride in a country that brags about having more teachers than policemen and not having a standing army since 1948.

Democracy also means that even the smallest town has a right to have electricity, potable water and public or private phones. This national pride has its source in the historical origins of the democratic country. Reform has always won over revolution and repression. Juan Mora Fernández, the first chief of state in Costa Rica (1824), ruled for nine years and instituted a fair judicial system, the first newspaper, public education and free land grants for coffee planters.

There have been several coups in the country's history, especially during the early years, but this didn't alter the path towards democracy. Even the country's Civil War (1948) resulted being an affirmation and not a negation of democracy. This forty day confrontation occurred when the government declared that the election of Otilio Ulate as President had been a fraud. Jose Figueres, one of the country's most revered characters, led an army that included university intellectuals who, after obtaining victory, established a military junta. After ruling for eighteen months, the Junta fulfilled its agreement of reinstating the people's choice for a leader- Otilio Ulate. Ulate didn't even belong to Figueres' party, but the latter respected the democratic election by the people of Costa Rica, and willingly stepped down from power.

This episode illustrates a pattern established by most of the Presidents of the country: out of fifty three leaders, only three have been military men and six can be considered dictators. Most Latin American countries can't affirm the same luck. The 1949 Constitution declares the country a Democratic Republic. This body of laws guarantees citizens as well as foreigners basic rights: the right to own property, the right to petition and assembly, the right to habeas corpus and the freedom of speech. The government is separated into an executive, a legislative and a judicial branch. The executive branch includes a President, two vice-presidents and seventeen members of the Council of Government.

The legislative assembly includes judges that have been appointed by the Legislative Assembly to serve for a minimum of eight years. Last but not least, there is a Special Electoral Tribunal with three judges that oversee the "sacred" right to vote and to hold elections. Elections are at the core of this democracy. In Costa Rica, elections are an incredibly interesting sociological phenomenon for any foreign observer. This event is held every four years, on the first Sunday in February.

The days previous to the big event turn into a national party. Even in remote areas, children and adults stand by the roadside or ride cars honking horns and waving their party's flag. Anybody over eighteen can vote in the country's schools which are equipped for this purpose during election time.

The democratic nature of voting is reinforced by separate elections for presidential, legislative and municipal offices; one can vote for one party's presidential candidate and for another group's municipal president.

 

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