19 reasons to choose Costa Rica for your next destination
We are not
going to badmouth the rest of America nor are we going to sell you a
picture-perfect image about the country.
that we are not going to exaggerate reality in an effort to convince you,
because that would not be fair nor is it necessary.
We are simply
going to tell you about a country that has many attractions and is very tourist
friendly; a country that embodies special and unique qualities all of which
provide for a remarkable experience.
Those who don’t
come are really missing out…
Before we go over the
attractions of this country let us review the basic conditions that a visitor
1) No health
risks: You don’t need any vaccinations to visit Costa Rica. There is potable water in 98% of the
country. The food, though not the
most varied cuisine in the continent, is tasty, nutritious and safe. The country has excellent medical
services, which cost 1/3 of the price one would pay in the U.S. For this reason medical tourism has
been fervently growing in recent years.
2) Peace and
security: Costa Rica
is without a doubt the safest country in Central America. It has one of the lowest crime rates in
the region and the crime that does occur rarely involves tourists. Remember though, when traveling, it’s
always wise to exercise caution. Ticos are peaceful and friendly people. This is a society that generally
resolves conflict through dialogue, and as a result it is rare to see a street
fights or screaming arguments among its citizens.
3) Communications: Costa Rica
has a good communication platform with land lines and cellular telephone
coverage throughout the entire country. While the cell phone signal is often weak when far from an urban center,
there is access to broadband Internet almost everywhere.
4) A complete and
bilingual service platform: While there is still room for
improvement in terms of customer service, the country has an ample service
platform and offers everything that a tourist requires. You will find bilingual personnel in
95% of the businesses and stores, thanks to the many foreign residents and the
fact that many Costa Ricans speak English.
climate: Some areas
of the country offer over 200 days of guaranteed sunshine, with temperatures
ranging between 64º and 86ºF. September and October are the 2 rainiest months
(except in the Caribbean area) and the months when one can typically find the
best rates for flights, hotels and tours. Costa Rica is rarely affected by the hurricane seasons that can plague
other Latin American countries. Rarely,
small problems will occur on the Caribbean side, but the Pacific Coast is never
6) Proximity and
accessibility: By virtue of being located in the bellybutton of America, Costa
Rica is easily accessible by air, land and water. It has 2 international airports and a good frequency of
flights from Europe and America. The arrival of cruise ships and modern marinas on both coasts enable
access from the ocean and comfortable busses connect Costa Rica with the rest
of Central America and Mexico. The
internal bus service within the country is not very efficient so it’s better to
opt for shuttle services or renting a 4x4 vehicle.
7) Acceptable and
improving road network: On a
scale of 1 to 10, the highways of the country rank about a 6.5. This is in large part due to the lack
of proper signs and signals as well as the numerous curves and potholes. However, in general they provide good
access and connectivity throughout the country and are in a lot better
condition than the roads found in most other parts of Central America. As well, the country has recently set
aside close to a billion dollars to aide in the modernization of its road
8) Short distances: Because this is a small and very diverse
country one can enjoy several different and varied activities and landscapes in
the same day without having to travel very far.
9) A stay in very
good hands: People who visit Costa Rica are
received by an enthusiastic and efficient tourist industry that has many years
of experience and green vision. Since many years, before than anybody, the tourism industry in Costa
Rica have been committed to sustainability, positive and stress-free
experiences and a high level of customer satisfaction. Costa Rican’s take pride in knowing
that those who visit will return to their home country with fond memories and
experiences that they will share with friends and families.
an eco-friendly, low-impact trip.
10) Clean energy: Costa Rica generates most of its energy from renewable sources (hydroelectric,
geothermal or wind energy). This
means that the energy that a tourist will use during their trip is clean
chooses Costa Rica as their destination is also choosing to embark on an
environmentally friendly trip.
and conservation: Despite its strong ecological convictions
Costa Rica faces the constant dilemma between environmental care and economic
development for its citizens. By choosing Costa Rica as a destination you also
support the most environmentally friendly industry in the country, tourism. In
addition to contributing to the economic development, you will be supporting
the protection of the environment.
let’s check the attractions and activities.
12) Plenty of life
in its natural state: The
high level of biodiversity in the country coupled with Costa Rica’s historical
respect for all forms of life, are so famous that I will not elaborate too much
this abundance of life translates into being able to see more tropical flora
and fauna in its natural state, with no need to travel long distances to
interact with various ecosystems and species.
13) Broad range of
tourist activities: The quality of diving, sport fishing and surfing in Costa Rica are
well, the scenery at the National Parks is unforgettable. Plus, one can partake in canopy tours,
rafting and horseback riding tours or four wheeler and quad adventures. The thermal water centers, bird
watching, turtle nesting, rural tourism and caves are all incredible tourist
attractions. What else? Aromatic
coffee tours, yacht rides, visits to botanical gardens, butterfly, frog and
snake farms, or orchid gardens always add a good seasoning to any trip.
adventurous souls there is kayaking, parasailing, mountain biking, and bungee
jumping, aerial tours in ultra-light aircrafts or rappelling next to a
waterfall, among many others. Rain and sun, soft sands, close contact with life
in the wilderness and grandiose sunsets are always included (doesn’t it sound like
14) Diversity of
landscapes: Coastal area on two oceans with hundreds of beautiful beaches, rain
forests, dry tropical and cloud forests, mountain chains with active volcanoes,
extensive savannahs, ample mangroves and wetlands, lots of rivers, waterfalls,
coral and rocky reefs and many islands and small isles make up the rich
geography of the country offering sceneries for all tastes. (Unless you like
Diversity: Even though Costa Rica is a small country it offers
a variety of ethnic and cultural experiences resulting from the fusion of
Europeans, mestizos and indigenous races. The Atlantic Zone however, has an
Afro-Caribbean predominance, which makes it ethnically and culturally different
from the rest of the country. The
indigenous influence in present day society is limited, although there is an
extensive pre-Columbian legacy.
Jose, the inheritance of this richness can be appreciated in the various
museums. Two that stand out among the favorites are the Jade Museum and the
Museum of Gold.
nation with plenty of added value.
16) The happiest
country on earth. As revealed in a 2009 worldwide study of the World’s Happiness
Index (which awarded first place to Costa Rica), the citizens of this country
consider themselves highly satisfied with their lives. When you visit here, you will be able
to get to experience for yourself the spirit of Pura Vida and take back with
you some of the Tico recipe for happiness.
17) An example of
peace and democracy. Costa Rica enjoys one of the longest and most
stable democracies in Latin America.
ago, the country permanently dissolved its army. Its pacifist nature is also observable in its people and in
their constant striving to evade conflict. This social peace is something you will be able to feel and
enjoy during your visit.
18) A country of
long lives: The Nicoya Peninsula on the Costa Rican
Pacific coast is one of the 4 Blue Zones detected in the world (A Blue Zone is
defined as an area where there are an unusual number of people who live over
100 years). Apparently the Tico
lifestyle not only produces people who are happier but also results in longer
life spans. Wouldn’t you like to
learn some of the secrets to achieve a longer and more satisfactory life?
Hospitality: Costa Ricans are courteous and hospitable people without any type
of animosity toward tourists. The
great majority of Ticos are well educated, supportive, friendly, warm and
genuinely enjoy taking care of and helping tourists at every possible
What else can one want?
there’s more, but this is all that we are going to tell you today.
rest… you’ll have to discover by yourself.
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