THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Costa Rica is renowned for its biodiversity, stability and yes, happiness

NATURE

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.

Close to 30 national parks protect this tropical paradise, which is 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 over 900 species identified, including the resplendent quetzal, the scarlet and green macaw, and an astonishing variety of toucans, raptors, seabirds and songbirds.

HAPPINESS & STABILITY

Known for its political stability, strong economy, high literacy rates and peaceful mindset, Costa Rica has 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.

WEATHER

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.

Getting to Costa Rica

TWO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS:

JUAN SANTAMARÍA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SJO)
at San José.
DANIEL ODUBER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LIR)
at Liberia, Guanacaste.

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