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Why Visit Costa Rica? 2

Posted on September 04, 2015 by Edwin Smith
Natural beauty is abundant in Costa Rica.

Natural beauty is abundant in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is the hidden jewel of Central America for many reasons. Many industrialized Nations underestimate it’s accomplishments nor do they, with a few exceptions, seem to appreciate all that Costa Rica has to offer. One of these exceptions is corporate investment in the tourism industry and one other notable exception is the Intel Microprocessor Plant responsible for 20% of the Country’s exports.

This lack of appreciation is quickly starting to change and one of the reasons for this is Costa Rica’s tax exemption for any Company willing to invest here. Proctor and Gamble is savvy to this lucrative place to do business and operates a facility in this special nation. It is located less than 10 degrees from the Equator which means of-course it is tropical, very tropical, lush and beautiful. Because of this environment, Costa Rica grows some of the best coffee beans and bananas in the entire world. These two cash crops had for the last two hundred years, been this country’s life blood. First in Exchange Commodities these days it is tourism, however it’s coffee and banana exports still hold a strong 2nd place.

It is not hard to understand why this is fast becoming the destination of choice for tourist from around the Globe, Americans and Canadians leading the pack. The Hotel and Resort Industry have been quick to capitalize on this Country’s awesome natural beauty and there are no less than 10 world class, 5 star luxury Resorts here that are unequaled in their magnificence. Some examples are, The Four Seasons resort on Papagayo Peninsula located in Northwest Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean, The Four Seasons at Puntarenas on the Gulf of Nicoya in West Central Costa Rica, the Hilton Papagay Resort and Spa, and, the JW Marriott Guancaste Resort and Spa, all are on the West Cost in the Warm Tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are also 5 star resorts on the Atlantic side of the County in the heart of the Caribbean. Costa Rica has right at 4.5 Million people of which ¼ live in and around the Capital, San Jose, located in the geographical center of the Country. Read the rest of this entry →

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