A tiny country nestled in the thin mid-section of Central America, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Despite receiving more than two million visitors each year, Costa Rica remains one of the most biologically diverse and naturally beautiful places on the planet, and a great place to get away from it all, whether you’re looking to relax, commune with nature or have some real adventures.
Bird watchers, nature lovers and naturalists put the country on the map. The country boasts more than 10,000 identified species of plants, 880 species of birds, 9,000 species of butterflies and moths, and 500 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Distinct ecosystems here range from rain and cloud forests to high mountain paramo. The country’s wetlands and mangroves are some of the most important breeding grounds for a massive range of marine and bird life.
Almost one-quarter of all land in Costa Rica is protected either as part of a national park, bioreserve, wildlife refuge or private reserve.
With shorelines fronting both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, you can find miles of unsullied beaches. Surfers already know the many famous breaks to be found here: Pavones, Witch’s Rock, Salsa Brava and Pan Dulce. But beginners can also thrive on the waves here. Just offshore lie fabulous opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching, deep sea fishing and lazy sunset cruising.