Costa Rica beckons travelers with high score for fun and life satisfaction

Costa Rica beckons travelers with high score for life satisfaction

There is new fascination with the so-called good life in Costa Rica after experts boast strong social, human and natural capital.

According to a newly released study, “Costa Rica receives the highest score for life satisfaction” worldwide. For those who visit this small country, they are finding its “built for tourism,” states the country’s latest tourism and travel report that points to a “$2.2 billion per year tourism industry.” The country also boasts that “Costa Rica is the most visited nation in the Central American region, with two million visitors reported annually since the country’s good times began in 2008. In turn, “tourism now earns more foreign exchange than bananas and coffee combined,” which is huge, say Costa Rica tourism officials when pointing to its local agriculture as being it’s break and butter since this country constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949 and started to focus more on tourism and quality of life issues for citizens. Costa Rica, which means “Rich Coast,” is bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Costa Rica emerges as a great place to live or visit

“Costa Rica had the highest score for life satisfaction among 123 countries that were represented,” stated a Feb. 27 news release from Costa Rica’s capital in San Jose. The study was conducted by “Dr. Roly Russell, an interdisciplinary scientist at the Sandhill Institute for Sustainability and Complexity in British Columbia,” adds the news release; while noting how “despite its low gross domestic product (GDP), Costa Rica’s strong social, human and natural capital allowed it to rank first in terms of happiness.”

In turn, the news release explained that “the leading factor for determining people’s happiness in Costa Rica is the country’s strong social support network, which heavily influences one’s life satisfaction.”

San Jose is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. It is located in the “Central Valley” of the country, and is the is the seat of national government or the “focal point of political and economic activity; while also serving as the major transportation hub for this Central American nation,” states the country’s travel and tourism fact sheet.

San Jose is the center for fun in the sun

The population of “San Jose Canton” is listed as nearly 400,000, and comprises a third of the country’s population.

A country fact sheet also explains that San Jose was founded in 1738 by the order of the “Cabildo de Leon.” San Jose boasts at being “one of the youngest capital cities in Latin America.”

Today, the country’s travel and tourism agency describes San Jose to be a “modern city with bustling commerce, brisk expressions of art and architecture that’s spurred by the country’s improved tourism industry.”

Costa Rica goes “green”

According to the United Nations “Human Development Index” (HDI), “Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the world; while be ranked in the HDI at 69th in the world in 2011.”

Also, the United Nation’s Environmental Performance Index noted how the country is now “ranked fifth in the world and first among the Americas” for going green environmentally. For instance, in 2007, the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first “carbon-neutral country by 2021.”

At the same time, the New Economics Foundation ranks Costa Rica “first in the Happy Planet Index,” and is now officially called “the greenest country in the world.”

Thus, this status only helps when it comes to travelers choosing Costa Rica as a travel and vacation destination.

For instance, local fans of Costa Rica in Florence, Oregon, have told this reporter that “Ecotourism draws many tourists to visit the extensive national parks and protected areas around the country that they say are “breathtaking.”

Costa Rica is natural and beautiful

The old saying where there is water there is life certainly seems true for the good life that people in Costa Rica.

For instance, fans of this country in Florence, Oregon, often visit Costa Rica and point to “easy access to both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean as huge draws for sport fishing” that these American tourists enjoy during the winter months in the U.S. when they head to “San Jose to enjoy sunny days and warm water to swim in.”

In turn, others are singing the praises of Costa Rica these days.

“It is such an honor to be named the happiest nation in Mr. Russell’s study, further demonstrating Costa Rica’s rich culture, commitment to sustainability and the emphasis we place on social and natural initiatives, which prove to be the basis for our people’s great joy and love of life,” commented Ireth Rodriguez, deputy manager and director of marketing for the Costa Rica Tourism Board.

Costa Ricans welcome tourists

“The pleasant and peaceful disposition of Costa Ricans – affectionately called “Ticos” for their use of the Spanish diminutive – is known worldwide, as is the fact that the democratic nation eliminated its army more than half a century ago. Many Costa Ricans are also fluent in English and are happy to share their knowledge of flora and fauna, Tico history and culture with North American travelers,” added a Feb. 27 news release from the Costa Rica Tourism Board.

Meanwhile, the news release highlighted how Costa Rica is now home to “three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, four types of forest, 12 microclimates and more than 500 species of flora and fauna, with more than 26 percent of its territory comprising national parks and other protected areas.”

Also, because Costa Rica and several islands – including the famed “Cocos Island” – are located between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator, the climate is tropical year round.

Thus, both great weather and the so-called “good life” in Costa Rica offers locals a chance to boast about their strong social, human and natural capital that makes Costa Rica a seemingly great place to live or visit.

Image source of the Poas Volcano crater that’s considered one of Costa Rica’s main tourist attractions. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

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Author / Autor: Dave Masko

Date / Fecha: 27/02/12

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