10 reasons why Costa Rica is the best country

Pura Vida - a saying that is often accompanied by a big smile and that you will hear everywhere in Costa Rica. Literally translated, it means "pure life," but the words have a much deeper meaning: they describe a lifestyle that focuses on peace, serenity, environmentalism, and happiness. That's the motto of the country and it will not take you too long to realize that the idyllic beaches, world-class waves and lush green jungle are truly living your life. All this you can experience for example during a language trip on Playa Tamarindo or an internship in Costa Ricaitself.

Here are our top 10 reasons to love Costa Rica (and pack your bags as soon as you finish reading):

Beautiful beaches

When the sun is shining on pristine sandy beaches your idea of ​​heaven is (and whose is it not?) Then Costa Rica will cover your needs. Whether you are on the Pacific or Caribbean coast of the country, stunning beaches stretch for miles on the shores. And you can even combine beach chilling with life-sustaining conservation work: the beaches of Santa Rosa National Park and Tortuguero National Park help protect nesting turtles by preserving their coastal habits.

Spectacular surfers regions

Surfers from all over the world come here to ride some of the best waves in the world. One of the best surfing regions is Playa Tamarindo (just steps from our Spanish school ). The local surf scene is great for both beginners and seasoned professionals. In addition, it only takes six hours to travel from coast to coast, so first-rate surfing regions can be spotted across the country; from the rugged waves of Playa Hermosa on the Pacific coast to the rising waves of Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side.

Breathtaking wildlife

Costa Rica is home to a large collection of wildlife, to be precise: of 500,000 different species. From numerous colorful jungle birds to cute sloths to leatherback turtles, Costa Rica is home to some of the most exotic wildlife on the planet. Explore the jungle in the heart of the country amid the hustle and bustle of monkeys, or dive among manatees, turtles and dolphins to witness the example of how wildlife and humans live in harmony.

Protected regions

This nation takes the protection of the beauties of nature seriously. All in all, national parks, reserves and protected areas make up 25% of the land area - this is the highest percentage of the world. Costa Rica successfully preserves 5% of the world's biodiversity, while allowing visitors to admire some of the greatest natural spectacles. Head to the Tortuguero National Park for a view of nesting turtles or roam the mangrove forests of the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas, before wandering through parks committed to preserving the rich biodiversity around the volcanoes.

An esteemed environment

Costa Rica is the global capital of ecotourism. In fact, the Central American nation is the most environmentally friendly nation on the planet, and it is also leading the fight against climate change. In the first 75 days of 2015, Costa Rica used only renewable energy for the entire supply of electricity. Always leading by example!

An incredible adventure

This is the land of adventure! Whether you make your way through the jungle by cable car or - if you're brave - jump from a bridge bungee, Costa Rica is a paradise for all the adrenaline junkies out there. If you prefer to get your adrenalin shot closer to the ground, try rafting on raging rapids or take it easy by maneuvering in a canoe through quieter rainforest rivers or ocean waters. You could also spend a morning diving in the azure waters or windsurfing exploring the pristine shores before heading inland to walk or horse to an active volcano.

Stunning landscapes

Did I mention that the landscape is just breathtakingly beautiful? Some of the most spectacular Latin American landscapes are in this state, from rainforests to volcanoes and waterfalls. You can dive into the thermal springs of the Rio Celeste or the pool of the Nauyaca waterfall; or awaken in the shadow of a volcano as you explore Costa Rica's lush nature in the interior of the country. And I have not even mentioned the beautiful sunsets ...

Blooming nightlife

Sparkling sunsets initiate the end of the day, but as the sun sets, the dazzling nightlife blossoms. Tamarindo is especially popular for celebrating Pura Vida into the night. Consider driving to the surfing town of Jacó for a taste of the party atmosphere and plan to visit the capital, San Jose, to experience the legendary, fun-loving culture of a Latin American city.

Fabulous food (and one of the best coffees in the world)

Foodies are here in the sky. The best of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine is combined here to offer a large number of delicious dishes, mainly consisting of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables. If you're a self-confessed chocolate lover, Costa Rica will blow you away with its acclaimed local produce. And then there is the coffee. Costa Rica produces one of the best coffees in the world. And the locals are rightly proud of one of the country's most famous products. Our tip for all coffee lovers out there: head to the plantations that line the Tilaran Mountain Range to experience the true taste of Latin America.

Happy people

It's not surprising to consider all the above reasons that Costa Ricans are officially the happiest people on this planet. The Happy Planet Indexcompiles rankings of nations based on the well-being and life expectancy of the population and the country's environmental performance. If you ask me, that's just another proof that we could all use a little more Pura Vidain our lives ...