About Costa Rica

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The happiest country in the world; a paradise for peace and biodiversity; a green beacon for environmental stewardship – Costa Rica is a country of many accolades. But Costa Rica’s history and culture extend far beyond the reach of international recognition: The small, Central American nation is home incredible biodiversity – here, 5% of all the world’s plant and animal species reside on just 0.25% of the planet’s land – and rich cultures, a passion for freedom, and a history of democracy, equality and education for all.

  • Facts


    Simple statistics cannot do justice to Costa Rica’s friendly people, stunning terrain, rich biodiversity and long history. But the facts do paint a colorful picture of this Central American nation, where democracy has prevailed for...

  • History


    Costa Rican history dates back to about 10,000 BC, the pre-Columbian period when indigenous nations settled in fertile valleys and lived in the shadows of active volcanoes. In 1502, Christopher Columbus touched ground in Costa Rica,...

  • Culture


    Costa Rican culture is a vibrant blend of indigenous cultures and Spanish colonial influence, with a dash of Jamaican, Chinese and other immigrant cultures lending character and customs. The result is a nation of faithful, friendly and...

  • Weather


    Costa Rica’s weather is defined primarily by its two seasons: dry and wet. Or, summer and winter. High and low. Whatever the name, the dry season is still dry and runs from about mid-November through mid-May.

  • Cuisine


    Costa Rican cuisine takes its culinary cues not from fiery peppers or wild meats, but from the local herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that seemingly grow like wildfire. In every home and restaurant kitchen, you’ll find braided...

  • Living in Costa Rica

    Living in Costa Rica

    There’s a reason why so many people expatriate or retire to Costa Rica, and that reason is called paradise. Costa Rica is a celebration of life, of the “pura vida,” and many people happily find their forever homes in the...

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