About: Costa Rica
Much has been written about the merits of Costa Rica and what sets it apart from other the countries of Central America. Instead of rehashing it all here, we offer a few of the main benefits which have made it so attractive to travelers, and a couple of links where you can learn more.
Yes, it’s true, Costa Rica dissolved it’s army in 1949, and has been politically stable ever since. It’s a member of numerous bodies and establishments related to peaceful endeavors, and is the location of the United Nations University of Peace.
Costa Rica protects an astounding 25% of it’s land in parks and reserves. With only .25% of the world’s landmass, it boasts 5% of the world’s biodiversity, which makes it one of the most biologically important places on the planet. Costa Rica ranks 3rd in Yale University’s 2010 Environmental Performance Index. [W]
Historically Costa Ricans (Ticos) have been considered the friendliest, best educated people in Central America. According to the 2009 Happy Planet Index, Ticos are the happiest people in the world. [W]