What Do you Know About Costa Rica as a Vacation Gem?

By far my favourite fact about the country of Costa Rica is that the sun rises and sets the exact same time all 365 days of the year. Amazing, huh? Yeah, it is Costa Rica’s proximity to the equator that is said to be the cause of that particular phenomenon. Sandwiched between the central American duo of Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica aka the Rich Coast is truly a environmental treasure with around 25% of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas. Costa Rica is a place that definitely every nature lover should try to visit at least once. Still have your doubts? Well, keep reading and I am sure your mind will be swayed, even if it is a little bit.

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Horseback Riding in Costa Rica at Samara Beach

Tourism is Costa Rica’s leading industry with over two million visitors arriving each year

While Costa Rica takes up only 0.03% of the world’s land space, it possesses fully 4% of all known living species of flora and fauna and is one of the top 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world

Mecatelio, a fusion of Spanish and standard and Jamaican English, is the language spoken by the descendants of Black Jamaicans who initially arrived in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, from Jamaica to build the railroad in the late 19th century.

Lush jungle covered mountains stretch out into the Gulf of Nicoya next to the rocky and sandy beach of Ballena Bay in Costa Rica.

Lush jungle covered mountains stretch out into the Gulf of Nicoya next to the rocky and sandy beach of Ballena Bay in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica possesses 51 of the New World’s 300 hummingbird species, making it the hummingbird capital of the world.

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The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde) is a Costa Rican reserve located along the Cordillera de Tilarán within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces.

Coffee was introduced to Costa Rica from Jamaica in 1779. Called the grano de oro (grain of gold), coffee was Costa Rica’s foremost export for 150 years until tourism surpassed it in 1991. More than 247,104 acres of coffee are planted in Costa Rica, making it the 13th largest coffee exporter in the world.

Costa Rica is the second largest exporter of bananas in the world after Ecuador.

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