The name Costa Rica is Spanish for 'Rich Coast'. The Republic of Costa Rica is a Central American Country that is bordered by Nicaragua to the North, Panama to the South Caribbean Sea to the East, and Pacific Ocean to the west. The country has topped the Human Development Index in the Latin America in the recent years and is most popularly known for abolishing its army in 1949.
With one of the most tourist friendly coastlines, the country has been a tourist magnet over the years. In fact, it is the most visited country by tourist in the Central America and Caribbean Region. Why? The reasons are espoused below.
1. Affordable Eco-friendly accommodations
Where else on earth can you stay in a 5-star hotel on the beach at US$130? Your guess is as good as mine...nowhere but Costa Rica. The country takes pride in giving 5-star accommodation and services at 3 star hotel budget. The chic stylish and comfortable accommodations are nothing but luxurious and fit for royalty.
2. The Adventure here is unrivaled
From rainforest canopy zip lines, white water rafting, hiking the Volcanic Mountains, horseback riding to mingling with the native Costa Ricans in their culture dances and festivals, a tourist will always find something interesting to do in Costa Rica. This is not a place where you exhaust activities to do on your second day of vacation and then retreat to the beach with a novel.
3. Exotic Beach experience
Not even beaches in Mexico, Hawaii, Cancun, or Cabo San Lucas can rival the remote resorts of Costa Rica. Unlike her competitors in beach vacation, Costa Rica prides herself as being the only place on earth that you will find beach resorts that are extremely remote and thus private from the prying eyes of the media paparazzi and conservative clergymen.
4. Natural Biodiversity
With a size equal to Denmark or West Virginia, you would not expect as much biodiversity as you will find in this Central American country. It boasts 5% of the world's biodiversity. Such a concentration offers a tourist so much to explore without travelling so far
5. Two Coastlines with different climates
The Costa Rican Pacific coast to the west is suitable for water sports due to the winds from the high seas. Visitors on that side can enjoy surfing, skiing, water boarding, snorkeling, sailing etc. Contrastingly (but within the same country), the Caribbean coast has pristine golden sand beaches and warm weather suitable for sun bathing and swimming.
If you are looking for a country that has all the qualities that a tourist would want to have in their destination, Costa Rica is your best bet.