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The Changing Face of Tourism In Costa Rica

Costa Rica VacationIn the past 30 years, Costa Rica has gone from a sleepy little coffee and banana producing country in Central America to one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

Central America has had a very turbulent history over the past 150 years, and in many regions, instability is still the norm. However, throughout all of this chaos,one country has risen up to become an example for the rest. Costa Rica now stands as the jewel of the isthmus, emerald green jungles and cobalt blue oceans entice visitors from across the globe.

Becoming one of the top tourist destinations in the world was something
Costa Rica  was destined for. The tiny Central American country offers each person something unique, whether they come to study wildlife, relax on quintessential white sand beaches, explore virgin jungle, amongst many other things. In the 1970′s it was mainly surfers and venture capitalists that frequented this place, that however, is not the norm anymore.

While surfing is still a major attraction in Costa Rica, there are many other activities taking huge strides here in the country. Mountain biking and endurance cycling have become a national focus, with some of the toughest races in the world taking place here. The rugged terrain and varied climates make Costa Rica a multi-faceted box of wonders for  everyone. Cool, even cold mountain towns boast some of the best coffees in the world, grown on the slopes of volcanoes, routinely winning awards all over the world. The majority of gourmet coffee production happens in an area known as Los Santos, and Tarrazu in the central mountain range.

No Boredom In Costa Rica

The coastline of Costa Rica is as varied as you could ever want; with
everything from sweeping white sand beaches to secluded lava rock
inlets, estuaries, mangrove swamps, if you are a fisherman it presents
a myriad of unique opportunities to catch some of the world’s most prized
game fish. World record Snook, Rooster, and Sailfish have all been caught in Costa Rica, with fishing being another of the main attractions here.

For the past 30 years, the Central Pacific coast has been the forefront of competitive fishing and fishing derby’s, specifically, the town of Quepos. Several tournaments a year attract hopeful anglers from all over the world, for the money, but also for the excitement and bragging rights of catching one of the most rewarding fish in the sea. More sailfish have been caught here than most other places in the world, with frequent record breakers, some even caught by the same people.

In recent years, the attraction of less invasive fishing techniques has
brought anglers from all over to chase down aggressive salt water fish.
Snapper, Rooster and Jack Crevalle all offer exceptional fights, and
can all be caught from the surf. The number of people seen fishing from
kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards has dramatically increased. In the
event that no fish are caught, it’s still a very nice way to spend some
time on the water.

Costa Rica is a complex country, a mixing pot of cultures, both regional and foreign, with so many people wanting to experience something truly unique. Family trips have become the norm, with extended vacations turning into semesters abroad on a regular basis. Schools offering distance education have seen a rise in enrollment because parents want to bring their children to the tropics for a year or two.

With recent improvements in telecommunications, it’s a very realistic possibility to make sure the kids are getting their school done in between canopy tours, jungle hikes and fishing trips. There is nothing better than hands on learning, and for those looking to make a lasting impression on their children, this country has become a huge attraction. Spanish being the official language, it’s also a good opportunity to have children learn a second language, being that they pick it up so quickly from an early age.

Costa Rica is on the cusp of a momentous shift in prosperity as the world faces economic uncertainty. The next few years will decide just how popular this place really gets, but at the moment it is one of the best places in the world to live, and has been for a very long time.

More people are making the necessary moves to relocate here on a permanent basis; they see this as a place where they can have a prosperous future. Cristobal Colon had the same thoughts when he found the place all those hundreds of years ago, promptly naming it the “Rich Coast.” It’s rich in many ways, you just need to find out which one suits you the best. Tourism will always be a driving factor in the Costa Rican economy, and things are getting easier and easier for tourists to enjoy everything this country has to offer. Enticed by the allure of a mysterious jungle getaway, many have fallen in love with Costa Rica; many more have yet to realize just what they are missing.

This article has been provided to CostaRicaCLOSEUP by Aaron Atkey and Kevin A. McNamee  from GREAT SUNRISE ENTERPRISES S.A.

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About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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