Why Costa Rica Is So Special: Costa Rica is truly an incredible and inspiring place to visit. It has wondrous wildlife, amazing beaches and some active volcanoes. Don’t just take our word for it – as many as 1.5 million tourists visit the country every year.
Many travellers come to Costa Rica to experience its wildlife. The country covers just 0.1% of the planet’s landmass, yet it is home to around 5% of the world’s species of animals. Its coastlines with the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean offer a splendid mix of exotic animals, coral reefs and marine life – including rare species of dolphins and Manatees.
Culturally, there are some fascinating museums – which feature pre-Columbian artefacts – and interesting markets that sell unusual herbal remedies. You can also take a tour which explores Costa Rica’s coffee industry – a vital contributor to the country’s economy.
There is a lot to do for those who love outdoor adventure. Costa Rica’s 26 national parks provide an excellent opportunity for rambling, its rivers offer exhilarating white water rafting, while its waterfalls yield superb abseiling and swimming. Also, the coasts boast some world-class surfing spots.
Costa Rica has developed into a tourist friendly hotspot in recent years. It is a relatively safe and easy place to explore and is suitable for independent travellers as well as for groups. The country is ideally situated to allow you to explore its neighboring countries, such as Panama, Belize and Guatemala, and flights to these destinations are quick and inexpensive. A week or ten days should be long enough time to explore the wildlife and still have time to relax on the beach.
Interestingly, Costa Rica has a highly developed infrastructure, which makes it the favoured destination among Americans. Many choose to settle here and establish their own businesses, moving their lives entirely from mainland USA. Many choose to settle here and establish their own business their own businesses, moving their lives entirely from mainland USA. Costa Rica has a high literacy rate (more than 90%) thanks to its free and compulsory education system. Due to this developed structure and growing tourism, you will not be short of great places to stay.
There is a huge variety of accommodation to choose from. The best option is to go for one of the luxury beach lodges or an environmentally friendly mountain retreat. It is more than likely that your hotel will be run and managed by local people, who will know the area like the back of their hand. A basic grasp of Spanish will help to get the most out of your experience, so take a phrase book.
Overall, there are so many areas and places of interest in Costa Rica, especially for the cultural traveller, the nature enthusiast, and the action adventure seeker.
Costa Rica Key Facts:
Capital: San Jose
Location: Situated in the Central American isthmus, immediately north of Panama and bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
Religion: 75% Roman Catholic, 14% Protestant, 11% other
Languages: Spanish, English
Kari is the editor in chief of former South American travel blog, a travel blog that used to specialise in South American travel pre-2013.