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Gay Guide Costa Rica
Homosexual acts between men are not illegal according to the law. The age of consent is 18 for everyone. A new law exists since 1999 making discrimination against sexual and other minorities a punishable act. The National Insurance Institute has stated that same-sex couples can jointly apply for health and insurance policies, as well as for housing credits. Costa Rica is a safe country for the gay tourist and enjoys a stable political climate and is a paradise for nature lovers. Parliament caused a sensation in 2013 when conservative and centre-left MPs unanimously passed a law whose wording could be interpreted as allowing for same-sex civil unions. President Laura Chinchilla disregarded desperate calls to veto the bill when it crosses her desk by conservatives who had voted for it with the anti-discrimination clause "by mistake". Following a legal challenge, the Supreme Court decided that the passage relating to same-sex civil unions will not be applied. Almost a quarter of the entire country is a designated nature reserve zone. This country has, especially in the last ten years, become the most popular (gay-lesbian) location in central America. In San José and Quepos/Manuel Antonio the attitude of the general public towards homosexuality is mostly liberal.
Cities in Costa Rica
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Location: Central America
International country code: 506 (no area codes)
International access code: 00
Area: 51,100 km˛ / 19,730 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Costa Rica Colón (CRC) = 100 Céntimos
Capital: San José
Religions: 75% Roman Catholic, 15% Protestant
Climate: The dry season is from December to April. In the rainy season from May to November, it's sunny till the late afternoon, becoming cloudy and it often rains during the night.
Important gay cities: San José, Quepos/Manuel Antonio