Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. Costa Rica represents only 0.1% or the world’s land mass, however its national parks, rainforests, cloud forests, beaches and oceans are home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica has a population of approximately 5 million of which a third of the entire population lives within the metropolitan area and San Jose, its capital. San Jose is one of the safest cities in all of Latin America.
Costa Rica’s rich historical and cultural heritage may be experienced at the various museums such as the Gold Museum, the Museum of Costa Rican Art, the Jade Museum, the National Museum, the Children’s Museum and many more.
Costa Ricans, also named “Ticos” are of mixed ethnicities, coming from various nationalities from all over the world; Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas, Middle East. It is considered one of the happiest countries in the world as well as a country where one of its peninsula’s is home to people with highest rates of longevity. Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and since then has invested nearly 30% of its national budget in primary and secondary education. The literacy rate is 95% in residents age 15 and older, and the country boasts more teachers than policemen.
Costa Rica has two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season usually starts in May and lasts through late November, while the dry season is from early December until the end of April. Temperatures vary according to elevation. The average temperatures in the Central Valley are between 20 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius.
All these attributes have made Costa Rica the best destination for adventure tourism and ecotourism.
Costa Rica has some of the best airline services to and from North America, with daily flights from New York, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Direct flights also arrive from Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, Mexico and most Latin American countries. Being in the middle of the Americas is easy and fast to get to.
Costa Ricans are friendly and well educated, attributes no doubt fostered by the country’s democratic tradition and respect for foreign cultures. Although Spanish is the official language, English is widely spoken in every corner of the nation.
Boasting two coasts, an amazing variety of climates and a geographical foothold
between two continents, Costa Rica is regarded as one of the world’s most
biologically diverse countries. The diminutive country covers barely 19,929 square miles, however it is home to 5% of the world’s species of flora and fauna.
In 1987 former President Oscar Arias was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for remaining a leader for world demilitarization, and a strong commitment to peace.
Nowhere else will you find so many varied, crazy, mild or out-of-the-ordinary adventures in one place, including: whitewater rafting, rain forest zip lines, active volcanoes, deep-sea fishing, ATV adventures, surfing, horseback riding, sea kayaking, sailing and great diving.
Costa Rica is becoming known as the world’s hottest golf destination. Some of its finest golf courses are at Hacienda Pinilla, Los Sueños, Valle del Sol and the most known of all, the Arnold Palmer, Four Seasons Resort course at Peninsula Papagayo.
Five-star hotels and resorts are available in all major tourism destinations within Costa Rica. A wide selection of small boutique and jungle lodges are conveniently located near most national parks.
Costa Rica is the place to enhance team cohesion and give each participant the recognition he or she deserves in an unspoiled, exotic destination.