“Costa Rica is sometimes a referred to as the Switzerland of Central America because of its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty.”
“Pura vida” (pure life), a commonly used greeting and probably the most famous phrase in Costa Rica, perfectly describes the soul of this beautiful country in a privileged spot in the heart of Central America.
Located 8 and 12 degress north of the Equator, Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate year around and is home to a rich variety of plants and animals-while the country has 0.1% of the landmass, it contains 5% of the world biodiversity. Around 25% of Costa Rica’s land is protected areas and national parks.
Costa Rica has topped the Happy Planet Index list for three consecutive years and was ranked the “greenest country in the world”. A peaceful, friendly and strikingly beautiful country, Costa Rica blends a carefree state of mind with a high quality of life.
“Costa Rica has enjoyed its share of interesting historical events, including a visit from Christopher Columbus, who was so impressed with the colony that he lobbied, unsuccessfully, to be named its governor.”
Costa Rica, meaning “rich coast” in Spanish, is a country in Central America located between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.
Sparsely inhabited by indigenous people, it came under Spanish rule in the 16th century and obtained its independence on September 15, 1821. Costa Rica historically managed to stay away from the political turmoil and violence from which some neighboring nations still suffer. The nation abolished its army permanently in the 1940s. It is also the only Latin American country included in the list of the world’s 22 oldest democracies.
Today, life is good in the Republic of Costa Rica, a friendly, democratic and peaceful country with rich and diverse culture, climates, flora, fauna and landscapes.
What to do
“Whether it’s sun, adventure, or nature your seek, there’s much to discover in this forest-and-beach laden paradise”
From spectacular Pacific and Caribbean beaches to rain/dry/temperate forest, volcanoes, high mountains and marshy lowlands, Costa Rica offers something for everyone. While some visitors are lured by the unspoiled beaches, vistas and incredible sunsets, others engage in activities related to ecotourism, including trekking and hiking, flora, fauna, and bird watching. From rest and relaxation to rafting, zip-lining, horseback, kayaking and night-life, Costa Rica offers many ways to enjoy the best tropical vacation.
For some ideas about things to do in Costa Rica visit: www.lonelyplanet.com