Costa Rica is located in Central America bordering Nicaragua to the north; Panama to the south; the North Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica is a peaceful, socially and politically stable country with a notable academic level of its population and high standards of modern services. It is among the most visited and toured countries in the world due to its limitless tourism potential. The country remains a tourist hub due to a number of factors.
Costa Rica is one of the world’s “greenest” countries, because of its dedication to its conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. This entails managing resources for development in such a manner that they are not depleted or destroyed but available for use by future generations too. The country has put some measures in place to ensure sustainability in the tourism industry. One of such measures is through its program of the Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). This program categorizes and certifies products or business establishments in the tourism industry so that operations of these establishments have least negative impacts on the environment and resources in the industry are used efficiently. This has seen establishment of businesses with least emissions to the environment, having efficient measures for energy and resources conservation, reduced wastage by recycling and reusing of products among many other benefits. This has amounted to a sustainable tourism in the country that is not only economically beneficial for the present generation but also to the coming generations.
Yoga and Surfing Retreats
Many tourists prefer this tropical country for their yoga and surfing retreats. Costa Rica is known for its numerous relaxing and rejuvenating settings suitable for yoga practice; the secluded beaches and ideal waters, the tropical rainforests, the jungles and mountains all form a perfect sanctuary where individuals can practice their yoga, commune with nature and rejuvenate their spirits. There are also numerous retreat centers known to have some of the finest yoga and surfing trainers and organize for the best yoga and surfing training sessions.
Samasati: This nature retreat located on Costa Rica’s east coast is committed to sustainability and spiritual rejuvenation. It has a school for yoga instructors, retreat packages like daily meditation yoga, hexagonal yoga rooms which are screened-in buildings encompassed by pristine gardens and jungles all equipped with materials for yoga practice such as mats, straps, back bending benches and more. The center also offers thrilling surfing retreats.
Costa Rica is gifted with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This is an attraction that any tourist would like to spend a vacation in.
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica has many beautiful white sand beaches with transparent turquoise waters, as well as some tropical reefs. The caribbean side is known for its clean, warm water, and huge diversity of colorful ocean fish.
In spite of its relatively small size, Costa Rica has over half a million different species of animals which translates to about 4% of the world’s biodiversity. A number of these species are exclusively found in this country including some species of snakes, hummingbirds, frogs, lizards, gobies and mice among many more. This rich biodiversity is attributed to the variety of the ecosystems the country has. Costa Rica has also put down measures to conserve and sustainable exploitation of this biodiversity. This attraction is a major contributor to the country’s eco-tourism development.