5 Reasons Why Traveling to Costa Rica Will Change Your Life

Written by Angie Vargas
December 29, 2014

Manuel Antonio is a small town in the Central Pacific of Puntarenas, and it is one of the most beautiful and richest wildlife spots in Costa Rica, having its own National Park called Manuel Antonio.

Traveling is amazing, you get to see unbelievable places and unforgettable people! No matter where you travel to, you always learn something and those experiences make you a better person.

Traveling to Costa Rica, a really tiny but beautiful country located in Central America, is one of these experiences I am talking about. The "happiest country" of the world – as it was named so time ago – will definitely change a little bit your life. Why? Well, it is a different place; but different in a truly good way.

Reason #1: You will understand peace

On December 1, 1948, President José Figueres Ferrer of Costa Rica abolished the military of Costa Rica after victory in the civil war in that year. In a ceremony in the Cuartel Bellavista, Figueres broke a wall with a mallet symbolizing the end of Costa Rica's military spirit.

Costa Rica has no army since 1948. 66 years ago, The Constitution abolished the armed force; and all the funds and resources that previously were set for this entity are used - since then – for the development of education and health. For this reason, education in this country is for free and every child is obligated to receive it.

When you travel to Costa Rica, you get to see a public school in even the most small and isolated town you visit, and that way you understand that education is the first step for a more peaceful world.

Reason #2: You will live sustainability

Sustainability, as a model of development, seeks to meet the current demands of society without compromising the rights of future generations to meet theirs. That is to say, the development of the country cannot be based on the unbalanced exploitation of resources (natural, cultural, social, etc.)

It is difficult to believe that a country that has the infrastructure to receive 2 and a half million of tourists, can be as green! Regardless where you see, you always can see trees, rivers, lakes, birds…even in San José downtown, the capital.

Costa Rica is one of the pioneer countries in conservation and ecotourism. This way, the country urges people to visit National Parks and Protected areas, which represent the 25% of the national territory. Visiting Costa Rica you learn how to live well without compromising natural resources.

Reason #3: You will experience real adventure

Costa Rica has the blessing of water! Two coasts and countless rivers and lakes are perfect for water sports like surf, diving, kayaking, paddling, floating and of course, white water rafting.

A place where you can make all kind of thrilling activities, that is Costa Rica! The same day you can have Costa Rica rafting tours, canopy tours expeditions and demanding rappel adventures. When you visit this amazing country, you will experience the real concept of adventure tourism. Diving, mountain biking, skydiving, fishing…What exciting adventure have you always wanted to do? I am sure that in Costa Rica you will be able to make that dream come true.

Reason #4: You will meet very wise people

On Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula, a roughly 80-mile-long finger of land south of the Nicaraguan border on the Pacific Coast, researchers identified a group of villages with a significantly higher rate of longevity than the rest of the country. Dan Buettner traveled there to explore what makes a Blue Zone in a developing country.

Costa Rica has one of the 5 blue-zones of the world. Nicoya town, located in Guanacaste, along with Sardinia – Italia; Okinawa – Japan, Loma Linda – California; and Icaria – Greece, are the privileged regions of the world named as blue-zones.

According to this concept, these places produce the highest rate of centenarians, suffer less diseases than the rest of the people and enjoy more healthy years of life; all of this, thanks to their particular lifestyle. So, visiting Costa Rica, you could find the source of the eternal youth.

Reason #5: You will see the most amazing beaches

One of the popular reasons why people visit Costa Rica are its pristine beaches. You should know the country is famous for its beautiful and diverse beaches that give another meaning to a summer paradise.

Costa Rica borders both, the Caribbean Sea (to the east) and the Pacific Ocean (to the west), with a total of 1,228 km of coastline. The most beautiful white sand beaches, where snorkeling and diving is a real pleasure, are available for tourists; since all beaches in this country are public.

Days spent down the sun are the best!

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