With the Caribbean Sea to its east and the Pacific Ocean to its west, the Central American country of Costa Rica is situated in a prime location. Tourists love its miles of coastline, environmentalists adore it because it is the greenest country in the world, and investors are drawn to its government tax exemptions. This country seems to have something for everyone, but where are the best areas to visit or invest?
People planning to visit Costa Rica for leisure travel can select from several hot spots. The Pacific coast is the perfect destination for anglers because billfish, sailfish, and blue marlin can all be found there. Four-wheelers and surfers should consider Guanacaste province, which features excellent beaches and reef breaks. Windsurfers should stay near Lake Arenal because the northern end features amazing scenery and a steady gale-force wind perfect to push kite boarders along at record speeds.
Travelers who need to de-stress should stay in the northwestern region of the country. The beaches at Santa Rosa National Park are beautiful and secluded. A hike or four-wheel-drive ride is required to reach the beach from the ranger station but it is worth the trip. Beaches are usually almost empty, offering a traveler the chance to unwind in silence.
From an investment perspective, the southern zone was recently included in the International Living Magazine top five regions positioned for development. It stretches from Dominical and San Isidro in the north to San Vito and Punta Burica in the south. This area is sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Talamanca Mountain Range and includes a national reserve and four national parks. Biodiversity abounds, with highlands, forests, swamps, and mangroves.
Cost, ease of buying, and income potential were used to develop the International Living list. The areas on the list are considered the most aesthetically and financially attractive investment opportunities. The southern zone of Costa Rica has long been called one of the most beautiful areas in the world. It is home to one of the last unspoiled Central American rainforests and an abundant amount of aquatic life.
These are the current hot spots in Costa Rica for either tourism or investment, so explore them today. Things change quickly in this developing nation so there are bound to be new top destinations next year. Foreigners will develop their own list of favorite destinations, whether they are visiting or plan to become full or part-time residents.