The Top 100 Reasons Why I CHOSE Costa Rica 2016
All 100 pros, benefits, attributes, and positive characteristics put together amounts to the BEST place in the world to LIVE, SURVIVE, and THRIVE – throughout The Collapse, The Tribulation, The Cleansing.
1) 25% of the land is protected in National Parks. (Compare with <3% in the US – and a huge amount of that is in Alaska.)
2) 52 species of hummingbirds, which makes it the hummingbird capital of the world. This represents approximately one sixth of all the hummingbird species throughout the world. Who, may I ask, is not ‘entertained’ by hummingbirds?
3) 10% of all the world’s butterflies live in Costa Rica. Not just species, but the actual number of butterflies that exist in the world! An amazing ‘stat’ that no other place on earth can duplicate.
4) Costa Rica is ONLY 0.03% (3 one hundredths of one percent) of the total land on earth but contains 5% to 6% of the world’s flora (plants) and fauna (animals). It is nearly impossible to grasp ahold of this mind-boggling fact.
5) Costa Rica is the MOST bio-diverse place on earth (most life forms per square meter, acre, mile.)
6) Costa Rica is very mountainous. Outside of Guatemala it has the highest mountain peak in all of Central America. Mt. Chirripo Grande stands at 12,530 feet.
7) In the Southern Zone, the area in the southwest corner of the country on the Pacific side, the mountains go directly into the ocean. This makes for a fascinating as well as beneficial landscape. (NOTE: This is the area I have chosen for an expat community.)
8) The Southern Zone is also the least populated area of Costa Rica. Yet it has the most amount of diversity that is spectacular: rain forests, mountains, beaches, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, bird species, and animals (especially various kinds of monkeys and sloths.)
9) Ranked either #1 or #2 country in all independent studies for Best Environmental Sustainability.
10) In 2015, 100% of the energy used to generate electrical energy for the country was from renewable energy for the first 120 days. No fossil fuels were burned to create energy.
11) Costa Rica is targeted to be the first country in the world to be carbon neutral (goal is 2021). No other country in the world has projected to be carbon neutral for the next 20 years.
12) Costa Rica’s rain forests generate enough oxygen to supply half a billion people with oxygen for an entire year, year after year. The rain forest is the planet’s most amazing and life-giving eco-system. Just look at these statistics: http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-tropical-rainforest-facts.php
13) Costa Rica has the greatest amount of life-enhancing negative ions than any other place on earth. Negative ions clean the air, give life, increase mood, and destroys harmful bacteria, amongst a host of other healthful benefits. Negative ions are created (in order of abundance) through waterfalls, the ocean, rainstorms, moving water, plants, sunlight, and mountains – which perfectly describes Costa Rica.
14) Costa Rica is conducive to health and longevity (as you will see in some of the other 100 Reasons.) Organic, healthy, natural, raw food is a staple diet in Costa Rica. Whereas in the USA there is a gas station on every street corner selling donuts, candy, colas, and junk food – on ‘every’ street corner in Costa Rica is a “juice bar”. Various fruits picked off the trees that day (mangos, pineapples, bananas, etc) are thrown in a juicer for any number of combinations of ‘fruit smoothies’.
15) Most food grown in Costa Rica is organic. Not “certified” organic like people think of in the US. Why? Because people in Costa Rica believe in nature and natural things. It is part of their culture. They are proud of their clean, healthy, gorgeous country, and that also applies to their food production. For the past several years, Costa Rica has passed laws banning GMOs. There is a huge movement of educated Ticos that do not want any genetically modified food production in their country.
16) People greet one another with the phrase “pura vida” (translated “pure life”). It can be said instead of “hello”, “good-bye”, “have a good day”, or any number of greetings or salutations. All Ticos use it every day, multiple times per day. It really is a way of life – a simple, joyful, pure life. I quote from a Costa Rican website stating you cannot define the term: “In Costa Rica, people say pura vida, this translates loosely into a thousand different meanings none of which can be summed up succinctly. The words themselves lose their power in the translation. For there is something that can only be heard in the power of its utterance; again and again in its multitude of uses. Pura Vida’s a parable for the Costa Rica’s relaxed attitude and paraphrase for thoughts that need not be said. In short it's a way of life. “
17) The Pacific shores of Costa Rica contain one of the highest concentrations of whales and dolphins in the world, nearly year-round. This is due to the fact that those who live in the south migrate to the north and vice-a-versa.
18) Between 2011 and 2013 5,000 NEW species were discovered in Costa Rica. http://www.enchanting-costarica.com/hot-news/5000-new-species-recognized-in-biodiversity-rich-costa-rica/
19) Costa Rica has several species of sea turtles that come on shore to nest and lay their eggs. There are few places in the world that have year-round turtle nesting and hatching. All 12 months of the year are excellent times to view nesting and hatching of sea turtles. The main species are Olive Ridley Turtles, Pacific Green Sea Turtles, Leatherbacks, and Hawksbill Sea Turtles.
20) Whales and dolphins: The longest Humpback whale watching “season” in the world – year around! Most diverse kinds of whales to see in any one place on earth (25 different species of whales and dolphins.) Rarely seen whales such as the blue whale (the largest animal on earth), fin whales, the endangered Sei whale, and some species of sperm whales pass through the Pacific waters off the coast of Costa Rica. What is called an experience of a lifetime, seeing a super pod of pilot whales or one of the species of dolphins swimming along side your boat, is not an uncommon sight. Dolphins and whales can be seen year round, but whale watchers consider the “best time” is during humpback whale migrations, which is the nine plus months of July through April. Both the Northern Hemisphere (Alaska-Artic) Humpbacks and Southern Hemisphere (Antarctica) Humpbacks arrive off the shores of Costa Rica every year.