Costa Rica has become a vacation hot spot, but many people may not realize what makes the region so special. Here’s what you need to know about the small country that’s creating so many big headlines.
Costa Rica is located on the Central American isthmus, and its location allows the country to boast over 800 miles of coastline! This translates to tropical weather year round, and an endless number of beaches that accommodate all lifestyles, from the beach reader to the avid surfer. In fact, because the surfing is so incredible, Santa Teresa has hosted both the National Surf Circuit and the Latin American Professional Surf Circuit.
While the country is small, it is one of the richest counties in the world in terms of biodiversity as it is home to nearly half a million different animal and plant species. Our guests at Casa Chameleon have awoken to the sounds of howler monkeys, caught tuna and mackerel on fishing excursions, and of course, watched chameleons soak up the sun on the stone pathways. In the northern regions, a wide variety of plant life flourish in the thick rainforests.
Local Costa Ricans, or Ticos, are extremely friendly, and they will do almost anything to leave you with a good impression of the country and the people. The term “Pura Vida”, or pure life, is a phrase that truly embodies the Tico way of living. It is a phrase that Ticos use daily in many different contexts. Pura Vida means slowing down, being present in the moment, and enjoying all of life’s small pleasures. And really, isn’t that what taking a vacation is all about? It’s no wonder Costa Rica is so popular!
Stay tuned to find out how to crack open a coconut like the local Ticos.