Take a lovely airplane tour over the shore, jump out and parachute down with a stand-up paddle board strapped to your feet, paddle to shore and surf the waves in, to watch leatherback turtles nesting, and then catch a jeep ride to the crest of Arenal volcano for a wine tasting, as you watch the sun set into the sea. Okay, so maybe this is a little ambitious for a day plan, and maybe you couldn’t actually do some of these things, but you certainly could knock a few of them off your bucket list when you travel to Costa Rica. It’s no secret that Costa Rica is the travel destination for the adventurous, the love sick, and the surf aficionado; this much is true. But here are a few things you might not know about this little Central American country which may further color your desire to find out what all this Pura Vida is about.
No Army. In 1948, the then president of Costa Rica, José Figueres Ferrer, abolished the army in favor of spending money on education. The result has been a peaceful nation which avoids the conflict that plagues her neighboring sister nations.
Female President. Speaking of presidents, in 2010 Costa Rica elected into office their first female president, only the sixth female leader in Latin America at the time, and as of this writing she still holds office.
Costa Rica is Celebrity Travel Destination. 2013 saw the likes of Will Smith, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Terrence Howard, Matt Damon, Brittney Spears and Miley Cyrus, just to name a few. For sure, in Costa Rica, you can party where the stars do.
Best Coffee in the World. While Slate Magazine may have recently rated France the “worst coffee in the world,” surely they were comparing it Costa Rica’s coffee, where the bar is impossibly high. Getting a bad cup of Joe in Costa Rica is as likely watching a sunset from the crest of a volcano.
About the Size of West Virginia. Okay, so maybe this isn’t that interesting, but for a place that offers so much, it’s hard to believe it’s about the size of West Virginia.
Two International Airports. Costa Rica is home to two international airports, and is slated to add a third in coming years. Juan Santamaria (SJO) is located in Alejuela in the Central Valley, and is the main hub, but Liberia International (LIR) seems to be adding flights every month. Not to mention, the country is littered with smaller airports for jumping around, if you so desire.
Six Regions. Like jumping around? Jump to one of the six regions of Costa Rica; the Caribbean, the Central Valley, the Guanacaste, the Plains of the North, or the South Pacific, which each offer unique ecosystems for you to enjoy Costa Rica.
Multicultural. Costa Rica, as many are surprised to find out, is a diversely populated country, home to people of many different heritages. The spectrum of skin tones spans from fair to dark, and the variances in between mark the wide scope of people who come to the land of Pura Vida in search of their own paradise.
With all that Costa Rica has to offer, in a package you can afford, Costa Rica is the travel destination you can’t afford to miss! Surf where the stars hide, drink the best coffee you’ve ever enjoyed, and do it all with the comfort of knowing you are contributing to one of Latin America’s most forward thinking countries, with the widest scope of options with which to enjoy paradise. Book your family’s hotels, hostels or Tamarindo vacation rentals today, and start dreaming of the places you will dip your toes tonight!
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