Mention Costa Rica and it conjures up images of a tropical paradise with sun-kissed beaches and its own set of characters like toucans, scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, even crocodiles. It also tickles your taste buds and plays with your senses, as you can almost smell the rich coffee-bean aromas from Costa Rica’s famous plantations. With a privileged spot in the heart of Central America, this Caribbean jewel has become a popular vacation destination for its variety of aquatic ecosystems, tumultuous region with mountains and volcanoes, and beautiful white and black sand beaches with ethereal turquoise waters that provide the ideal backdrop for your Coast Rican getaway. Its easy accessibility seduces travelers of all types and all personalities with its staggering beauty, sluggish pace, bountiful adventures and some of the oldest geological formations in the world. This peaceful, developing, army-less country has become a Central American success story, featuring high living standards and a stable economy—all amid such majestic natural surroundings. Covering 19,652 square miles, the small Costa Rican territory touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. You can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car or 45 minutes by plane. The natural surroundings, wildlife, abundant adventures, diverse cultures, historical riches, ease of access and friendly residents, also called Ticos, make Costa Rica the premier vacation destination for travelers all over the globe. “Ticos,” many travelers say, are the best asset of Costa Rica, and once you’ve experienced their friendliness and spontaneity, you’ll never want to leave.
San José and the Pacific Coast cater to heavy tourism. The Pacific beaches are very popular for surfing, such as Esterillos, Jaco, Hermosa, Boca Barranca. In the Golfito region, near the Marino Ballena National Park, surfing fans can find the famous "long lefthander wave," and in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in Limon, riders can conquer their fears with the Salsa Brave Waves. You can also get your thrills with plenty of white-water rafting expeditions – from tame to raging rapids – scuba-diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding, reef snorkeling, zipping through canopy lines that are hundreds of meters long, touring a volcano and hiking through numerous national parks. In fact no other country on the planet has such a rich diversity of wildlife, fauna and flora due to its unique geography. Are you beans for the birds? Around every turn are abundant opportunities for bird watching and possible encounters with the numerous howler monkeys that swing tree to tree in the Costa Rican forestry.
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Costa Rica has served as the backdrop of many TV shows, documentaries and movies. Among the good, the bag and the ugly in cinema are Mel Gibson, Apocalypto; Basic with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson; 1492: Conquest of Paradise with Gérard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver; The Blue Butterfly, based on a true story and starring William Hurt; Caribe, a real Costa Rican movie; The Celestine Prophecy based on a life-changing book; The Chosen One directed by Rob Schneider; Congo with Laura Linny and Tim Curry; Costa Rican Summer, a Joel Silverman movie; Jurassic Park; Spy Kids 2, with Antonio Banderas, Steve Buscemi and Carla Gugino; and more.
Costa Rica tops the New Economics Foundation’s index ranking countries by ecological footprint and happiness of their citizens, with a “Happy Planet Index” rating of 76.1, making it the happiest place on the planet.
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