THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Costa Rica is renowned for its biodiversity, stability and yes, happiness
Costa Rica has a string of golden beaches on two coasts, Paciﬁc and Atlantic, plus an array of fascinating volcanoes, not to mention waterfalls, mangroves and tropical rainforests.
Over 29 national parks protect this tropical paradise, home to over 232 mammal species, 258 reptile species, over 900 bird species, 130 fresh water ﬁsh species and 183 amphibian species, over an area of 51,100 km2 . The diversity of its ﬂora and fauna speak of its name, “Rich Coast”.
Renowned for whitewater rafting, hiking, recreational ziplining, horseback riding, birdwatching, surﬁng, ﬁshing, scuba diving, snorkeling, hanging bridges and much more, Costa Rica is a mecca for ecotourism.
5% OF WORLD BIODIVERSITY
Costa Rica has just 0.03% of the world’s landmass, yet it boasts 5% of global biodiversity — meaning that of every 20 species in the world, one of them is native to Costa Rica. Some 25% of the national territory is protected from development, reﬂecting the wisdom that a tree left standing is worth more than a tree chopped down.
Costa Rica is home to wildcats, monkeys, sloths, tapirs, kinkajous, coatis, anteaters, peccary, deer, raccoons, skunks, armadillos, opossums, squirrels, rabbits, bats, dolphins and whales, and those are just some of the mammals.
The country is also a birders’ paradise, with some 850 species identiﬁed, including the resplendent quetzal, the scarlet and green macaw, and various toucans, as well as raptors and aquatic birds. Among reptiles and amphibians, Costa Rica is known for its sea turtles, crocodiles, snakes, iguanas, geckos and its iconic tree frogs.
HAPPINESS & STABILITY
The political stability, economical growth, free mandatory education and a peaceful mindset makes Costa Rica stand out in the Central American region, often topped annual lists of the happiest countries in the world. After a 1948 civil war, the country abolished its military, and in 1987 President Oscar Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating an end to wars in Central America. The country has long been seen as an oasis of peace, democracy and stability in the Americas.
The national motto is “Pura Vida” — pure life — and the friendly, easygoing people here are a testament to the country’s “tranquilo” worldview. And the northwestern Nicoya Peninsula has been identiﬁed as one of the world’s “Blue Zones,” the ﬁve places on earth where people live the longest because of physical activity, a largely plant-based diet, and engagement in family, social and spiritual life.
Coastal Guanacaste enjoys an average temperature of about 79° F (26° C), and because of its proximity to the equator there is little variation in temperature throughout the year. The ocean is also delightfully warm for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.