Been diving with us for a few days and need to stay out of the water because you are flying soon, or maybe your partner is not too much into diving (hard to believe) but it happens. Don’t worry Costa Rica has enough to keep you active.
Costa Rica contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity but has only 0.1% of the world’s land mass. This makes Costa Rica the country with the greatest of species in the world. Over 25% of Costa Rica is National Parks and reserves. There are more than 500,000 species of animal and over 800 bird species.
Costa Rica has a population of over 4 million people, the majority are descended from Spanish settlers. The indigenous population numbers around 1.7%.
Locals refer to themselves as Ticos (male) and Ticas (female) and follow the ideal of a very friendly, helpful, laid back, educated and environmentally aware people. The phrase Pura Vida is the Costa Rican motto. The phrase means pure life and it encapsulates the ideology of living in peace in a calm manner, appreciating life, family and friends.
Thrill seekers can fly through forests on zip lines, peer into boiling volcanoes, surf oversized waves and dive with dolphins and whales – all in the course of a normal day.
Guanacaste, where we in Rich Coast Diving are based, is the northwest part of Costa Rica. It’s one of Costa Rica’s seven provinces and the largest with 6,300 square miles, but also the least populated. In contrast, Liberia, the province’s capital, has 47,000 inhabitants. Located 175 miles north of the country’s capital of San Jose, This province is known as the Dry Forest, with seemingly expansive plains ideal for cattle ranching and tree farms. Officially designated by the government for tourism development, Liberia Airport became the country’s second International airport in December 2002. Since the last decade Guanacaste has become the most popular destination in Costa Rica because of its naturals wonders, climate and tourist facilities. Costa Rica’s North Pacific is also well-known for its folklore, music, color and traditional food.
So if you have some spare time after diving remember to ask us to recommend a tour where you can have chance to appreciate Costa Rica above as well as below the water. We’ll point you in the right direction!