Costa Rica has been called — The Switzerland of the Americas, the Jewel of Central America, the Good Life, Pura Vida Land, The Wild West and The Road Less Traveled.
Costa Rica—which literally means ‘rich coast’—is officially known as the Republic of Costa Rica. A rugged and rainforest-filled country with borders touching both the Caribbean and Pacific Seas, as well as Ecuador, Panama, and Nicaragua, the nation lays claim to only three tenths of the world’s landmass, yet is believed to contain approximately five percent of the world’s biodiversity in landscapes ranging from lush jungles to intimidating volcanoes and stunning tropical reefs.
Known for its progressive and proactive environmental protection practices, Costa Rica is often called the birthplace of ecotourism. In addition to geographical interest, the nation also boasts a rich cultural background combining heritages from Europe, Africa, and indigenous Latin Indian tribes.
Costa Rica declared independence from the Spanish in 1847, and abolished its army in 1949, becoming a rare, yet peaceful and stable nation without standing armed support.
Did you know Costa Rica is where the happiest people in the world are? It’s true.
Three years running, Costa Rica has been elected the happiest place on Earth by the HPI (Happy Planet Index). Each year thousands of tourists flock here to…
Forbes has ranked Manuel Antonio National Park as one of “the world’s most beautiful national parks”. It is also one of the most popular national parks within Costa Rica. The…
Expat Lifestyle Choices series is a collection of articles that highlights the pros and cons of two countries which expats are comparing. So you’ve decided that Central or South America…
We’ve all seen the email SPAM, Google advertisings and print about this and that >Costa Rica retirement community – trouble is we never get to see actual construction or anything that remotely resembles a community.
While there have been dire and sensational predictions made on the impacts of climate change on Costa Rica, real data indicates that Costa Rica will see far less impact than many other regions.