General Information

Play in Paradise

THE ULTIMATE LIFESTYLE

Impressive scenic beauty, an extensive system of protected areas, social and political stability, high educational levels, superior healthcare and efficient infrastructure characterize Costa Rica. All of this offered in a territory of only 51 thousand square kilometers, where two hemispheres and two oceans meet.

Informed travelers are choosing Costa Rica as a perfect location for a first or second home. This peaceful, Spanish-speaking nation is a long-standing democracy. In 1948, it abandoned the necessity for armed forces in favor of funding education and healthcare. As a result, the literacy rate and healthcare services rival those of North American and Europe.

Costa Rica has been identified as one of only 5 countries in the world as a Blue Zone. These are recently discovered geographical pockets with unusually high concentrations of people living exceptionally long, vigorous lives. Blue Zones (so called because a demographer circled the first one on a map using blue ink) are not so much about geography but rather about environmental and lifestyle choices. In particular, Costa Ricans eat a lot of beans, rice and corn while eating meat sparingly. As result, parts of Costa Rica have the highest longevity rate in the Americas.

EXPERIENCE NATURAL BEAUTY

Costa Rica has many national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, biological reserves, and protected forest areas. These protected lands total over 25% of the national territory, which means Costa Rica has a larger percentage of its total surface area set aside in parks and preserves than any other country in the world. Most recent studies suggest that Costa Rica is almost 50% forested - and that number is growing, making it among the few countries bucking a worldwide trend of deforestation.

Costa Ricans have committed themselves to following environmentally sound practices for decades and the unspoiled beaches, rainforests, rivers and mountains are the envy of the Americas and a delight for naturalists, hikers, surfers, bird watchers and adventurers.

In 2007, President Oscar Arias announced that Costa Rica will be carbon neutral by 2021 and hopes to be the first in the world to reach the green benchmark. To accomplish this goal, they plan on bulking up on forest cover and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. Costa Rica is considered to be a pioneer in the fight against climate change.

ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL STABILITY

Costa Rica enjoys a long tradition of stable democracy which is recognized worldwide. Such vocation of respect for political and peace processes have been enriched by the abolition of the military in 1948, and by being acknowledged internationally in 1987 when the President of the Republic, Oscar Arias Sanchez, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for spearheading talks that led to the end of civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Offshore investors from around the world are attracted to Costa Rica’s stable government and solid banking system.

Violent crime is very rare in Costa Rica and even petty crime is not much of a concern in most areas. This is one of the safest countries in Latin America.

THE PEOPLE, OR "TICOS"

The Ticos, as Costa Ricans are commonly known, are famous for their hospitality and are quite happy to live up to their reputation. They are a well educated and hard-working people who are quick with a handshake and a smile. They are well aware of the special land that they have and are willing to help foreigners who might be lost and want to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. Ticos are considered to be the nation's greatest asset, and once you've experienced their friendliness and spontaneity, you will no doubt agree.

THE CLIMATE

Costa Rica enjoys some of the best weather on the planet, where it is possible to wear lightweight clothing most of the year. Being relatively close to the equator, the temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year. The average temperature in the Central and intermountain valleys is 22 degrees Celsius (or 72 Fahrenheit), and 26 Celsius (79 Farenheit) in the lowlands and coastal areas.

The rainy "green" season or invierno (winter) begins in late May and runs through November. The rainy season usually lightens up in July and the beginning of August, which is known as the Veranillo de San Juan. The dry season occurs between the months of December and April, and the first two months are usually the coolest in the year, since the trade winds blow in from the North and Northeast

Weather Network for San Jose, Costa Rica

EXHILARATING ADVENTURES

There are many wonderful ways to explore Costa Rica’s outstanding natural beauty:

  • Hike through a lush green coastal rainforest—and one of Costa Rica’s best places to spot wildlife. Keep your eye out for monkeys, parrots, crocodiles, caimans, toucans, kingfishers, butterflies, iguanas, and lizards
  • Scuba dive or snorkel among thousands of colorful tropical fish and vivid coral reefs
  • Take a canopy tour where you can see palm trees, orchids, primitive ferns, and an incredible variety of birdlife



  • White-water raft down a rushing, adrenaline-pumping river
  • Kayak down the Sarapiqui River, in the Pacific Ocean, or in the Caribbean Sea
  • Surf world-class waves at one of the best breaks in the country and a draw for some of the best surfers in the world
  • Enjoy horseback riding on the beach at sunset or trek to an idyllic waterfall. There are many ideal places for horseback riding in Costa Rica
  • Go sport-fishing for marlin, swordfish, snook, and tarpon in blue waters under blue skies where many world records are held
  • Bird-watch and spot hummingbirds, scarlet macaws, toucans, kingfishers, trogons, and even the resplendent quetzal
  • Mountain bike in one of the many pristine nature reserves throughout the country
  • Balance body and soul at a yoga retreat where you can breathe in harmony with Mother Nature.

Remember to bring your camera, sunscreen, hiking shoes, swimsuit, and your sense of adventure.