7 reasons to travel to Costa Rica

If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, but you’re not into friendly people, green destinations, the sounds of nature, an exquisite variety of food, and paradisiacal beaches, you’d better put away your suitcase and stay in the comfort of your own home. Otherwise, we welcome you to one of the greenest, cleanest and most peaceful places on the planet: Costa Rica, where happiness is easy to find.

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It’s known as the “Pura Vida” country for obvious reasons; here, people have more reasons to laugh than to cry. People here are focused on a healthy lifestyle and the sustainable development of the country’s natural resources. For these reasons, every citizen of the world should travel to Costa Rica.

From far reaching tropical jungles to beaches kilometres long, you’ll find beauty and adventure at every turn in this small country. But to completely convince you, the following is a list of 7 reasons to travel to Costa Rica:

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Reasons to travel to Costa Rica

1. Biodiversity

If you love nature, Costa Rica is an ideal destination. Thanks to its geographical location, this country enjoys conditions that favour biological diversity. One amazing fact is that this small piece of land represents only 0.3% of the world’s total land mass, but it is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity.

13,000 plant species, 2,000 butterfly species, 163 kinds of amphibians, 220 types of reptiles, 1,600 freshwater and saltwater fish species, and at least 870 types of birds live in Costa Rica’s diverse habitats and ecosystems. There’s also an incredible amount of different mammals and insects.

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It’s worth noting that the country protects biodiversity through laws and sustainable practices that preserve natural resources. When you visit here, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about, discover, and become conscientious about the importance of taking care of wildlife. Therefore, one of the first places you have to visit to get in touch with nature is Mistico Park, in La Fortuna de San Carlos.

2. Pure Culture

Like many Latin American countries, Costa Rica has strong national pride that’s expressed through diverse celebrations and traditions that take place throughout the country. One of the most meaningful celebrations is the annual pilgrimage (known as the “Romeria”) to the Basilica of Cartago, which almost two million people participate in.

When traveling to Costa Rica, if you want to learn more about the country’s history, the first destination to visit is the capital city, San Jose. This city is home to the country’s most important museums, including the Costa Rican Art Museum and the National Museum, where the collection is comprised of archaeological artifacts and natural specimens. These museums will help you to connect with part of the country’s identity, so you should add them to your list of places to visit in the “Pura Vida” country.

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3. Paradisical  beaches

If sun, sand and the beach is your thing, you can travel to Costa Rica with peace of mind as it is home to numerous beaches. With the landscapes and sunsets at these beaches, they look like they’re straight out of a magazine. Visitors and locals alike are lucky enough to enjoy the beaches of the Pacific and the Caribbean.

To see that all we’re saying is true, the first beach destination to visit should be the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province, as it has the best hotel infrastructure. The coast here is covered in white sand and has crystalline waters where you can see coral reefs. This coastal area also stands out for the size of its waves, which makes it one of the top destinations worldwide for lovers of surfing.

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4. Delicious food

Costa Rica is the ideal place to try new flavours. The country’s gastronomy is based on rice and beans, and thanks to the abundance of rain and sunshine in Costa Rica there are also many different types of exotic crops, such as pineapples, papayas, mangoes, avocadoes, and plantains. All of these foods are part of the traditional Costa Rican diet.

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When traveling to Costa Rica, get your stomach ready to try unique, delicious dishes. When you wake up here in the land of volcanoes, you’ll find that breakfast is prepared with rice, beans, cilantro, chili peppers, onion and sauce, and served with tortilla, eggs, cheese, and fried plantain. Although it sounds like a simple dish, its flavours are amazing and can’t be compared with any other kind of traditional cooking.

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5. Safety

Another reason why Costa Rica stands out on a global scale is that it’s a country without an army, as it was the first nation to abolish its army in 1948. This has helped to promote peace and sovereignty among citizens, as they’re the ones in charge of maintaining these things.

You don’t need to think twice about visiting Costa Rica; it’s one of the most peaceful, advanced, and safest countries in all of Latin America. When you arrive here, you’ll notice the high level of security in all of the principal touristic sports. Furthermore, tourists are always treated with kindness and respect. The warmth of the Costa Rican people and having a language in common makes you feel at home, safe and sound, when spending time in Costa Rica.

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6. Climate

With warm temperatures year round and plenty of sun and refreshing rain, Costa Ricans are lucky enough to have almost perfect weather throughout the year. The dry season runs from December through May, and it attracts more visitors as it is sunny, hot and ideal. This is the busiest time to travel to Costa Rica.

From May to November it’s the rainy season, with sporadic rainfall throughout the entire day. However, many people don’t mind the rain and prefer to visit Costa Rica during this time, as prices are lower and rain allows the warm temperatures to cool down during the day and the night.

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7. Adventure at every turn

Costa Rica is ideal for lovers of adventure, as there’s a wide variety of activities available here that will bring lots of adrenaline to your vacation. The country’s topography allows for varied landscapes where you can take many different kinds of trips in a short amount of time.

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While visiting Costa Rica you can go hiking along well marked trails, or fly through the clouds while ziplining. Those who love surfing will find Costa Rica to be an ideal location due to the excellent waves throughout the year, the nice weather, and the warm waters. Those who prefer extreme sports can go rafting and enjoy the rapids in an incomparable natural environment.

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We could continue listing more reasons to travel to Costa Rica, but the best thing to do is get your suitcase ready and come as soon as possible to discover them for yourself.

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