A person snorkeling with a turtle

About Costa Rica

Let us tell you a little bit about Costa Rica., a tiny country nestled in the thin mid-section of Central America. Despite its small size, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. More importantly, it is one of the most biologically diverse and naturally beautiful places on the planet. It’s a great place to get away from it all, whether you’re looking to relax, commune with nature or have some real adventures.

Traditional Costa Rican mascarada costumes

Bird watchers, nature lovers and naturalists put the country on the map. The country boasts more than 10,000 identified species of plants, 900 species of birds, 9,000 species of butterflies and moths, and 500 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Distinct ecosystems here range from rain and cloud forests to high mountain paramo. The country’s wetlands and mangroves are prime breeding grounds for a massive range of marine and animal life.

A waterfall surrounded by nature

Almost one-quarter of all land in Costa Rica is protected either as part of a national park, bioreserve, wildlife refuge or private reserve.

With shorelines fronting both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, it’s easy to find miles of unsullied beaches. Surfers already know the many famous breaks to be found here: Pavones, Witch’s Rock, Salsa Brava and Pan Dulce. But beginners can also thrive on the waves here. Just offshore lie opportunities for snorkeling & scuba diving, whale & dolphin watching, deep sea fishing & sunset cruising.

A quiet white beach, blue ocean and sky

In 1949, Costa Rica abolished its army. Instead, the country has invested in a wide range of social services and public works. The universal health care system in Costa Rica is a model for the developing world.

A traditional Costa Rican oxcart wheel