Costa Rica

Costa Rica—Intense, Surprising, Sublime

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ESSENTIALS

Population: 4.805 million (2012)
Language: Spanish, English widely spoken
Currency: Costa Rican Colón

DOWNTIME

The most emblematic phrase commonly used in Costa Rica is “pura vida,” or “pure life,” which embodies how the people embrace each day in this astonishing place.


Translated into English, its name means “Rich Coast,” and even the most cursory glance affirms that Costa Rica is graced with an innate wealth beyond mere currency. It is a highly literate, peaceful, healthy, and environmentally conscious democracy. Costa Rica’s literacy rate is 94.9 percent, it constitutionally dismantled its military in 1949, and it has a health care system ranked third in the world and first among the Americas in the 2010 Environmental Performance Index.  

The incredible natural riches found in this small land include countless lakes, rivers, and waterfalls; some of the world's best beaches, rainforests, and fiery volcanoes; and thousands of diverse species of flora and fauna. An essential ecotourism destination, Costa Rica’s biodiversity is also visually dramatic. The terrain encompasses a vast panorama of natural sights, from the immaculate Pacific beaches on the west to the exotic Caribbean shores on the east, upward through rugged and prolific mountains, and culminating in the towering peak of Cerro Chirripó at 12,530 feet. 

Commanding a plateau in the Central Valley, the capital city of San Jose is a dynamic metropolis connecting its paradisiacal surroundings to the rest of the world. With the Juan Santamaria International Airport just 20 minutes from downtown, international visitors can effortlessly enjoy the National Theater, world-class museums, vibrant bars and nightlife, restaurants, colorful outdoor markets, and regal historic buildings. Unusual experiences can be found in the cutting-edge Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, gleaming gold work dating from 500 AD can be seen in the Museo de Oro, and delicate greenery enjoyed in the Museo de Jade and the enchanting Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. 

Each of Costa Rica's seven provinces harbors unique treasures. Heredia, encircled by mysterious cloud forests, has a charming capital called the “City of Flowers.” In Alajuela, the Arenal Volcano regularly produces thrilling pyrotechnic displays. Along the Pacific coast, Puntarenas, or the “Pearl of the Pacific,” holds many wonders, including Manuel Antonio National Park with its untouched beaches, emerald green landscape pierced by accessible trails, and fascinating wildlife. Further south is the secluded Osa Peninsula, which offers whale-watching; access to one of the tallest rainforests in the world; and viewing of rare species like the puma, jaguar, scarlet macaws, and harpy eagle. 

The northwestern province of Guanacaste provides a stunning backdrop for many of Costa Rica’s popular pastimes, including horseback riding, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving among brilliant tropical fish, and top-tier golfing. Here, one can soak any woes away in nearby hot springs, watch a spectacular sunset from a hideaway on the “Gold Coast,” or embark on a deep-sea fishing expedition from Playa Flamingo, whose waters teem with marlin, tuna, swordfish, and snapper.

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