About Costa Rica
Few places on the planet offer so many wonders in such a small area. In just 51.100 square kilometers Costa Rica shelters 6% of all biodiversity in the world.
Of the many attractive tropical countries to choose from, Costa Rica stands out as one of the most delightful in the world. There are not only tropical rainforests and beautiful beaches, but also some surprises - Active volcanoes and windswept mountaintops. This country is tiny but packs an all natural punch, only Brazil and Indonesia have more nature on offer and there are more bird species here than there are in the entire USA.
A loose line of volcanoes run the country's length, diving the Caribbean from the Pacific. To the north, the mountains are volcanic, to the south forced up by the earth's shifting plates. A couple of Pacific peninsulas separated, by a few hundred kilometers of clear ocean water, are quite similar in shape but while one is dowsed in annual rains, the other suffers periodic droughts.
The variety and density of wildlife in the preserved areas attract people whose dream is to see monkeys, slots, caimans, sea turtles, and exotic birds in their natural habitats.
Active volcanoes are surely on of the most dramatic natural sights, and few visitors to Costa Rica can resist the opportunity to peer into the crater of a smoking giant.
In Costa Rica the visitor can enjoy lovely grandest adventures, the wonders of nature, scintillating culture, all the necessary components of an ideal vacation. No wonder, then, that thousands of tourists have made Costa Rica their top travel choice.
From article The Happiest People in NY Times: "Maybe Costa Rican contentment has something to do with the chance to explore dazzling beaches on both sides of the country, when one isn’t admiring the sloths in the jungle (sloths truly are slothful, I discovered; they are the tortoises of the trees). Costa Rica has done an unusually good job preserving nature, and it’s surely easier to be happy while basking in sunshine and greenery than while shivering up north and suffering “nature deficit disorder.”
After dragging my 12-year-old daughter through Honduran slums and Nicaraguan villages on this trip, she was delighted to see a Costa Rican beach and stroll through a national park. Among her favorite animals now: iguanas and sloths.
(Note to boss: Maybe we should have a columnist based in Costa Rica?)
What sets Costa Rica apart is its remarkable decision in 1949 to dissolve its armed forces and invest instead in education. Increased schooling created a more stable society, less prone to the conflicts that have raged elsewhere in Central America. Education also boosted the economy, enabling the country to become a major exporter of computer chips and improving English-language skills so as to attract American eco-tourists." Read more>>