Costa Rica is a colorful and peaceful country located in Central America. It is situated directly between Nicaragua and Panama. It is only a 2 1/2 hour plane trip from Miami and boasts many flights from all points across the USA and Canada. Rich in biodiversity, history and the love for its friendly people, it is ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world, with over 2.1 million tourists visiting here in 2010 alone. And those numbers surge every year!
The people of Costa Rica know something about living and they have a nickname for their philosophy regarding life which is “pura vida”. Directly translated, it means “pure life”. This saying is embodied by most every Costa Rican citizen you meet. In fact, Costa Rica has been on the top of the list of almost every study conducted about the happiness of a country’s inhabitants. One article in the New York Times from early 2010 cited three different studies that all showed Costa Rica as having the happiest people of any country on the planet. Perhaps the secret of living “pura vida” comes from simply slowing down your life a little! Costa Rica’s people definitely do not appear to be in a hurry to do anything. Whether you are on vacation or are moving here to live full time, it is something to which you will need to adjust… you’ll discover later that “slower is better”, whether you like it or not when you first get here. Don’t try to change it either, just learn to roll with it and pretty soon you’ll be living the “pura vida” lifestyle yourself.
There is an abundance of rental car companies, available hotel rooms and health care facilities, making it ideal for individuals and families to visit for a week or for a lifetime. There are adventure tours, amazing beaches, volcanoes, national parks and a diverse selection of plants and animals that add to the excitement of visiting Costa Rica and there are plenty of beautiful properties in Costa Rica to rent when you visit. Find out more about Costa Rica today and plan your trip to visit this amazing country tomorrow!