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Costa Rica is more than a vacation destination; it is an interactive sensory experience. The country is bestowed with an intense array of biodiversity and environmental attractions – majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, stunning river valleys, and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Costa Rica carries a fascinating ecological story, woven into the history of a peaceful and family-oriented culture.

 

Attractions

Costa Rica is a world leader in conservation policies. Its protected areas encompass over 25 percent of the country’s total landmass – the highest in the world. Its network of national parks and nature reserves stretches over rainforests, tropical dry forests, cloud forests, marine areas, and wetlands. The parks and reserves seek to preserve and rehabilitate Costa Rica’s tropical ecosystems and maintain their vast biodiversity.

Beaches

Costa Rica has nearly 300 different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with a unique draw and distinct setting. Even on nearby beaches the sand can vary from white, black, or brown coloration. Some beaches are full of shells or scattered with rocks; others are soft with fluffy fine sand. Some are fantastic for swimming, and others are better for surfing.

Culture

Costa Rica has always remained ahead of the curve when compared to other developing nations moving the country forwards with the time. They have lacked the war and devastation that has plagued other Central American countries and caused them to fall behind the development of the western world.

Money

The Costa Rican unit of currency is the colón. Named after Christopher Columbus, the first European to visit Costa Rica, the colón has a value that fluctuates between 500-550 colones per 1 US dollar. The cost of travel in Costa Rica is higher than other countries in Central America, but is still significantly cheaper than in the U.S. or Europe.

Biodiversity

Costa Rica, a landmass encompassing only .03% of the earth’s surface, contains 5% of earth’s biodiversity – a density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Aside from arid regions in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is green and lush year round. Its thick forests, vast wetlands, and misty mountains teem with life.

Parks

Costa Rica’s national park system is a network of protected rainforests, tropical dry forests, cloud forests, marine areas, and wetlands. Costa Rica has been a world leader in conservation policies with protected areas that encompass over 25 percent of its total landmass – the highest in the world. The best way to support these progressive and sustainable conservation policies is to visit national parks during your visit. All fees and donations support the local community and park maintenance. Besides Costa Rica’s National Parks there are dozens of private nature reserves that have been established to protect the natural habitat and biodiversity.