Living in Costa Rica
Costa Rica, a country approximately the size of West Virginia, about 19,000 square miles, is bordered by Panama on the South and Nicaragua on the North. The population is slightly over 4 million people with about half of those living in the Central Valley.
The topography of Costa Rica ranges from beautiful beaches on the Pacific Coast to the west or equally beautiful beaches on the Caribbean side to the east, to beautiful lakes and majestic mountains and volcanoes, including Arenal, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. You can drive from one coast to the other in about 6 hours.
Temperatures in the Central Valley rarely get above 85 degrees and never below 65 degrees because the Valley is actually 3,500 feet above sea level. The Valley is surrounded by mountains, which causes a unique affect called micro-climates. Temperatures can vary 5 or 10 degrees just driving over a hill. Temperatures on both coasts are hot much like the weather in Florida in the spring or fall. The weather in Costa Rica does not vary much because the country is located near the Equator, only 9 degrees north.
Since 1948 Costa Rica has been a true democracy. There is no army only a small national police force. One of the reasons Costa Rica is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America is because all of the money that would have gone to fund an army has been placed into health care and education.
Here are some of the many reason why people choose to live in Costa Rica: wonderful lifestyle, stable economy, highly educated and bi-lingual work force, low taxes, good communications, moderate climate and weather, natural beauty, and political stability.
Watch this video of some students enjoying the beautiful country of Costa Rica.
Progress in Costa Rica