Costa Rica

The CIA's World Fact Book reports that: Tourism continues to bring in foreign exchange, as Costa Rica's impressive biodiversity makes it a key destination for ecotourism. Foreign investors remain attracted by the country's political stability. Tourism, biodiversity, ecotourism, investment, political stability. That is a good amount of appealing terms to have in two small sentences. Costa Rica is an immensely appealing place by anybody's standard.

Another word that is used in connection to Costa Rica: "paradise". Paradise is seen everywhere you look in publications and information sources dealing with Costa Rica. The reason is, it seems to fit most people's idea of what paradise would look like. It is this fundamental desirability that powers investment in Costa Rica. This is not likely to ever change. It is now being reported that the baby boomers are going to be exiting the US and that there is a trend towards connecting with nature. Costa Rica stands poised to receive a good amount of these retirees in the coming years.

Additionally the Costa Rica " buzz" has spurred more daily flights to the country from all over the world. New infrastructure of paved highways and related visitor services have been on the rise and being completed to high standards to facilitate convenient and comfortable travel, commerce and investment. Still, the country is very proud of its' Pura Vida national motto which translates to Enjoy life and Relax!

Politically, Costa Rica operates as a modern democracy and is considered the Gem of Central America for this reason. The government has dedicated and protects more than 25% of the entire country's land in National Parks created to preserve the natural beauty and resources of the country. Costa Rica is largely agricultural due to its abundance of equatorial sun and plentiful rainfall and supports a large exportation crop of coffee, pineapple, bananas, and ornamental ferns and plants. Light industry has found a home in the Central Valley region of the capital, San Jose and tourism abounds as a strong aspect of the economy.

Costa Rica's southern zone also known as Costa Ballena and its gateway Uvita de Osa is one of the newest and most popular areas for national and foreign tourism focusing on eco-tourism, boutique hotels and spa options along with marine park explorations and deep sea fishing. Traditional ways of life still operate in the more rural nearby areas and are culturally rich in the Southern Zone.