Of all Central American Countries that share the Caribbean Sea with those of us living on the Islands, Costa Rica has the reputation to be one of the most peaceful and stable. more...
Of all Central American Countries that share the Caribbean Sea with those of us living on the Islands, Costa Rica has the reputation to be one of the most peaceful and stable. Sandwiched between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica once was home to four Indian Tribes before the Spanish colonizers discovered it in 1502. The Spaniards did not show much interest in the country, which is best illustrated by the words of a Spanish governor who referred to Costa Rica in 1719 as " the poorest and most miserable Spanish colony in all of America". Nowadays “tourists” have other criteria and travel from all over the world to experience its natural beauty, which is in one word breath taking.
Leave the capital, San Jose, and within one hour you will find yourself in a complete new environment that offers infinite shades of green displayed by dense rainforest, the lush vegetation on the slopes of the various active volcanoes, the sugar cane fields and banana plantations, among others. The Pacific coast and the shores of the Caribbean Sea that are only separated by a 3-4 hour drive, offer dozens of white sand beaches while offshore coral reefs are a divers dream come true. It is completely possible to drive through Costa Rica in a 4x4 vehicle, hack yourself a path through the jungle or find yourself a remote beach and enjoy the sand, sea and sun. From adventure sports like parasailing to sipping on a cocktail overlooking the Caribbean Sea, it is all possible.
The conservation of the nature plays a big role in Costa Rica. No other country has such an impressive range of protected areas of different categories. The nation´s 12 distinct ecological zones are home to an astonishing array of flora and fauna. Approximately five percent of all known species on earth can be found in a country that occupies less than 3/10000 of the planets land area, including more butterflies than the whole of Africa, and more than twice the number of bird species than the whole of the United States! While it is true that massive deforestation has taken place in Costa Rica, the country still has a larger percentage of its land occupied by forest than any other Caribbean country. In 1970 a very extensive national Park system was put in place which will further guarantee that Costa Rica for always will maintain its reputation as one of the most beautiful countries in the Americas.
Costa Rica offers accommodations that fit everyone’s budget. From hostels for backpackers to exclusive spa resorts everyone is welcome. Costa Rican food is not what the country is famous for, though the influences of tourism has greatly enhanced the culinary offerings since many Italian, Spanish, Vegetarian, Indian and even Kosher restaurants can be found in the largest cities of the country. Go and find out for yourself what this country and its people have to offer; you may be in for your best vacation ever!