Not only is Costa Rica shocking the world in Brazil's World Cup but a widely respected British newspaper has revealed that the country is top most preferred with travelers.
Daily Mail UK recently published survey results on traveler recommendations from around the world. The study was conducted by the Global Tourism Monitor (GTM). Participating travelers were asked to name the destination they would most recommended to fellow travelers.
Coming out on top of this study was the tiny Latin American nation of Costa Rica.
Singled out were areas of the country like the southern Pacific region of Drake Bay where National Geographic once described it as the most bio-intense location on the planet. Furthermore an isolated region near here, Corcovado National Park, is said to contain over 5% of the world's flora and fauna.
Another region of Costa Rica mentioned amongst travelers as a "must see" is the Arenal volcano. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal offers up a plethora of adventurous activities including zip lining, hiking, waterfall rappelling and even some of the most relaxing and luxurious mineral rich hot springs.
The GTM study participants were restricted to only the countries they had visited in the past year. The republic came out a clear winner with 5 points on runner-ups Austria and Israel. Taking home the less than prestigious negative score of -7, was Tunisia in Northern Africa.
Not often considered a popular destination for British travelers, evidently the country is rising in popularity and it's easy to see why.
With incredibly diversity and flanked by both the Caribbean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, the country is a hot bed for travelers seeking a unique experience with nature. Of course it's worth mentioning there are over 220 beaches dotting the coastlines and as for parklands...Costa Rica leads the planet in conservation policies with over 25% of it's landmass considered national parks or bio-reserves.
"This study is one of the most broadly based assessments of recent tourism experiences and future intentions," says Jon Young, on behalf of the Global Tourism Monitor Survey. "It looks at destination appeal and the likelihood of recommending a country based solely on personal experience in the last 12 months."
Costa Rica continues to draw attention and top charts including being elected (3x running) the happiest place to live in the world. With increasing attention being paid on global climate change and eco-awareness, destinations like Costa Rica continue to thrive in the travel & tourism arena.
For more information on the Global Tourism Monitor Survey visit the Daily Mail UK - http://4crv.com/1uvy5o8