10 interesting facts about Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country internationally known for being a great vacation destination, with amazing landscapes, beautiful beaches and majestic mountains, incredible rain forests and cloud forests, with a unique climate that always makes it the best time to visit Costa Rica. Here at Luxury Vacations Costa Rica by CRS Tours we share 10 interesting facts about Costa Rica that you probably didn’t know.
1. Costa Rica currency bills are as colorful as its flora and fauna.
Each denomination of Costa Rican cash presents a beautiful landscape and native animals of Costa Rica such as the white-tailed deer, the capuchin monkey, the sloth and the blue morpho butterfly, which can be easily seen throughout the country
2. Nicoya de Guanacaste is one of the five best blue zones in the world.
Nicoya is located on the western coast of Costa Rica and is known worldwide for being a Blue Zone, which means that its inhabitants commonly live active lives after 100 years.
3. Costa Ricans call themselves ticos and ticas.
Is an affectionate nickname for all Costa Ricans and was born of a nationwide mannerism for finishing diminutive with “tico”, for example, by saying “pequeñitico” instead of “pequeñitito” as they do in other Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.
4. Whale Bay is literally shaped like a whale’s tail.
The popular Bahía Ballena beach, is actually shaped like a whale’s tail when viewed from above. This geographical feature adds to the fact that this is a great place for whale watching. Awesome!
5. Costa Rica represents 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
We weren’t kidding when we said that Costa Rica’s biodiversity was huge. You will never run out of wildlife to see here!
6. You can see the sun rise and set on the same day
Costa Rica’s beaches are recognized worldwide for many reasons, including the fact that you can watch the sun rise from the horizon on the Caribbean coast and admire it falling on a beach on the Pacific coast, all in one day!
7. There is no army
Costa Rica is proud of the absence of an army since 1948, after it was abolished following the victory in the civil war that year.
8. Costa Rica generates, on average, more than 99% of its electricity using renewable energy.
One of the most important interesting facts about Costa Rica is that the country generates most of its energy using five renewable sources: hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass and solar energy.
9. It has 5 active volcanoes.
There are 5 volcanoes in Costa Rica that are active: the Poás, Irazú, Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja and the Turrialba volcano. And they are all amazing!
10. It is on the list of the happiest countries in the world.
This is not a surprise given all that this little Central American jewel has to offer. Can’t you believe it? Come and see for yourself, we promise you will not regret it!