Traditional Oxcart in Sarchi Costa Rica

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the North, and Panama to the Southeast. Also, it is by the Pacific Ocean to the West, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.   It is also near South America, separated only by Panama. 

Costa Rica covers 0.03% of the planet’s surface and is about the size of West Virginia in the United States.  Despite its small size, its geographical position and wide variety of micro-climates is very promising with approximately 5% of the bio-diversity of fauna and flora found in the entire world. 


Costa Rica is a very conservative conscious country with 23% of its territory reserved in protected areas including major parks and mountain ranges as well as beautiful coastal beaches.

In Costa Rica, within a few driving hours of each other on the Pan-Am highway and beyond, one can see and know the dry forest of Guanacaste, the Rain Forest of the central coast, the famous Cloud Forest of Monteverde, and the higher altitudes of the Paramo Forest.

The rugged topography allows one to see volcanoes, like Arenal, mountains extensively throughout the country, both on the coast and inland, coastal beaches lining most of the country, each with its own spectacular views, without leaving this wonderland of beauty and promise called Costa Rica.

Turning to travel issues, Costa Rica has been a pioneer in the eco-tourism activity on an ongoing worldwide basis, every improving the inviting flavor of the people and places to see and experience, all with a welcoming smile. This has provided a significant increase in tourism in a rapid development for this important resource for Costa Rica. At present, Costa Rica enjoys a good balance of tourist infra-structure with amply public and private transportation available for those with varying amounts of time and budget for a very enjoyable traveling experience. The level of accommodations range from moderate to world class.


Historically, Costa Rica has been noted for its democratic government as well as having no army as a pacifist preference.  Also, most Costa Ricans put a high value on education, resulting in a relatively high educational levels for its people. The new political constitution enacted in 1949 declares a firm and lasting decision to revoke all armies, which has served well as an example for the rest of Central America as well as the rest of the world, striving to give real life and form for a promising tomorrow today.

Coffee Beans at a local farm in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

In 1988 President Oscar Arias received the Nobel Prize for peace during his first presidency from 1986-1990. Perhaps this is one important reason for visiting a small but advanced country in terms of combining some prosperity and many peace principles.  You can see it in the children, as well as the adults.   There is less cause for aggressive behavior, and more cause for a calm and casual life style.


Further, Costa Rica has a very good health plan, whereby any Costa Rican citizen has access to public health care for small premium per month, per person, from children to the elderly.  This includes catastrophic illness.


So, for those who have a preference for a pleasant and peaceful vacation, these facts given and the amiability of the Costa Rican people, make this a perfect place to visit for a friendly experience in Central America.