Peaceful, beautiful, and containing a special charm unlike anywhere else, it’s little wonder than Costa Rica draws millions of visitors. Having spent years as one of Central America’s most underrated countries, tourists are finally beginning to catch up with what Costa Rica has to offer. Visitors to the nation increased by 41% between 2010 and 2015, and the numbers only continue to go up. Thinking of visiting the country for yourself, but haven’t quite made up your mind yet? Sit back and let us guide you through five reasons this is one country that should be right at the top of your bucket list.Because Life Is Good
If you’re a an optimistic and happy individual keen to hang out with people who have a similar outlook on life, then Costa Rica is the place for you. If you’re trying to be a happy and optimistic person but your day to day life is conspiring to make you feel a little stressed and uptight, then Costa Rica is the place for you. Why? Well, Costa Rica is the happiest place on earth of course!
That’s not just the opinion of the Costa Rica tourism bureau either: it really is the happiest place on earth. That’s the verdict of the boffins at the Happy Planet Index, who put loads of different factors into their happy calculators and work out who leads the group. Costa Rica were ranked first out of 140 countries, with a HPI score of 44.7. Hurray!The Flora and Fauna
Costa Rica has long been recognised as being one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. More than 25% of its land is protected by legislature, creating a vast network of areas where life can thrive. Here you’ll find some of the world’s rarest trees and plants, as well as a collection of wildlife unlike anywhere else. Frogs, jaguars, and colorful birds are all abound, as are sea turtles - you can even see them hatching on the beach before they make their dart to freedom in the sea. There are also opportunities to volunteer in Costa Rica, which enables you to get up close and personal in the wildlife as you sink into several weeks of Costa Rica goodness.
Anyone who visits Costa Rica has to be prepared to head into the country’s fascinating outdoors. It’s a place to reconnect with nature and experience a totally different way of life. More than most other places, the weather contributes to this way of life. The climate is divided into two seasons - the dry season and the wet season. Visit between December and April and you’ll be treated pleasant temperatures of 20 degrees and minimal rain. Visit between May and November and you’ll be treated to pleasant temperatures of 20 degrees...and a lot, a lot, A LOT of rain. But don’t let this put you off - you’ll have a lush rainforest, fewer crowds, and an awesome story to tell once you return home: in other words, exactly what makes a holiday so special.