This fun version of a brief history of Costa Rica is well worth your time. Contains some good information you may not know, but should.
As an update, Costa Rica in 2019 has restored forested land to comprise an estimated 50% of the country.
We especially like the comment, Cost rica is Nice - Be like Costa Rica.
An excellent HD video for the wilderness fans
Some good advice on things you should know before visiting.
We would add that while most restaurants add the service charge or tip of 10%, the staff are not paid the same as they are in Canada. One should leave a minimum of 10% in addition to what is on the bill. In some places the service charge is not included and you should consider leaving 20%, especially if the service was good.
As of July 2019, restaurants are required to add the 13% sales tax to all bills. In some restauants both the service charge and the tip are included in the price. That will be indicated on the menu or near the entrance. If you are not sure, ask.
A decent summary of the economy of Costa Rica and the challenges we face going forward.
Heather and Jonathan spent 1 month backpacking and camping in Costa Rica. The goal was to see as much wildlife as possible and see the beautiful scenery of the beaches and volcano regions. Along the way they ran into some amazing scenery, food, wild animals and even some hardships.