Costa Rica comprises only 0.01 percent of the earth's landmass (less than 20,000 square miles), yet it is home to five percent of the planet's animal and plant species. There are more species of plants and animals per acre in Costa Rica than anywhere in the world. Biodiversity is evident everywhere: 10,000 species of plants, 850 species of birds, 800 species of butterflies, 500 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
You don't have to travel far within the country to experience a different and unique ecosystem: mountains over 12,000 feet; active volcanoes; cloud and rain forests; waterfalls and tropical jungles; banana, sugar, pineapple, coffee, and papaya plantations; mangrove forest and coastal swamps; and beaches and marine environments that support a variety of water fowl, fish and crustaceans. Approximately 30 percent of Costa Rica is protected as national parks, biological and archeological reserves, and wildlife refuges.
Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Nicaragua borders Costa Rica to the north and Panama borders to the south. The country has a total land area comparable to the size of West Virginia: approximately 51,000 sq. km with 1,290 sq. km of coastline.
However, in such a small area, you can find exotic beaches, national parks, volcanoes, rivers, two oceans, lakes, rain forest, indigenous peoples and a seemingly unlimited variety of flora and fauna.
Costa Rica's year round climate is pleasant with naturally occurring breezes, cooling down most of the coastal areas. Temperatures in the highlands and mountains are not so cold, especially during day, producing an 'eternal spring' feeling. The average annual temperatures range from 31.7°C (89°F) on the coast to 16.7°C (62°F) inland. The rainy or green season lasts from May to December with noticeably drier days during the rest of the year.
Virgin tropical rain forests, beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife, and the friendliest people you will ever find are just a few of the reasons that more and more travelers are turning to Costa Rica as their tropical destination. In addition, Costa Rica is the safest country in Central America, where family values and respect are forthright. The only country in Central America with a stable and long standing democracy, Costa Rica eliminated its army in 1949. The government has renounced aggressive militarism in order to use its resources in education, health care and services for the good of the entire population. Costa Rica therefore boasts a higher literacy and life expectancy rate than that of the United States, and is a peaceful progressive country where democracy and stability are hallmarks. Although it is a country of small farms and businesses, there resides an air of prosperity and a feeling of equality among all of its citizens.
Land Values have increased 32% annually since 1998...65% annually for properties which have a rental dwelling on the site.
Favorable tax system: Currently there are no capital gains taxes on the sale of property. Property taxes are currently at one quarter of one percent on your property value, substantially lower than what we are accustomed to.
Costa Rica law allows for the same property ownership rights for foreigners as for Costa Rican citizens.
Costa Rica, a democracy for more than 115 years, is a model of political stability. It is often referred to as "The Switzerland of the Americas."