Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination these days; its volcanoes, beaches and abundant wildlife are big attractions. The country's climate and stunning countryside make it a very popular choice for adventure or sporting holidays. The beautiful white and black sandy beaches offer a wide range of water sports opportunities, while hiking is very popular in the rainforests and mountains.
The country has also become a Mecca for ecotourism. Almost five percent of all known species on earth can be found here. It is home to hundreds of species of mammals, including the jaguar, as well as reptiles and amphibians.
More species of butterflies can be found in Costa Rica than on the entire continent of Africa and, if you are a bird watcher, there are over 850 species, more than in ALL of North America!
It is also well documented that this tiny Central American country has an astonishing number of plants and beautiful flowers and an abundance of fresh tropical fruits. And if you love beef, they have some of the best I have ever tasted.
And if this is not enough to convince you to visit, Costa Ricans (Ticos) are generally gentle, friendly, educated and polite and most seem to like and welcome visitors from other countries. In addition to that, Costa Rica is a democratic republic that abolished its army back in 1949.
No wonder foreigners are easily seduced by the country and led to believe that THIS IS TRULY PURA VIDA (translated PURE LIFE). What more can you ask for? Here you have a democratic country of natural and astonishing beauty, with a great climate and an amazing biodiversity, a lower cost of living than in many developed countries (although the cost of living has gone up drastically lately), a laid back lifestyle and a welcoming, friendly and peaceful people.
Would you not fall in love with Pura Vida, as many do? I certainly did when I visited in 1992. Maybe you have by now and you are ready to invest in the country or live there. After all, Costa Rica must truly be paradise, right?
Then why did Costa Rica just declared a state of emergency in Limón due to the crime wave that has been affecting the province and over 50% (some sources say it is closer to 60%) of those who move to Costa Rica return to their " home "within a year?