About the country and it’s people

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With lush rainforests and jungles, breathtaking beaches, stunning volcanoes and misty cloud forests, Costa Rica is a living paradise and considered the jewel of Central America. Bordered by Nicaragua on the north and Panama on the south, tourists can enjoy a wide range of activities as well as experience two oceans and coastlines, the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea on the east. The country boasts a higher biodiversity than the USA and Europe combined and plans to keep it that way.  Approximately 26% of the country is protected as national parks and reserves, lending to Costa Rica’s global reputation of conservation, environmental sustainability and eco-tourism.  It truly is a nature lover’s dream, complete with numerous activities to take advantage of the country’s beauty including hiking, rafting, surfing, zip lining or just lazily bathing in the sun on numerous tropical beaches.  For those who enjoy the city life, the bustling capital of San Jose and its surroundings are not only home to the country’s world class medical and dental facilities, but also a diverse amount of restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls with designer brands, as well as many other first class facilities for tourists to enjoy.

Costa Rica - Quick facts

 Currency  Colon

 Approximate conversion rate  $1 = 500 Colones

 Time  same as Central Time in North America/six hours behind GMT.  

 Visa Requirements  No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens but make sure you have at least 6 months remaining before your passport expires.

 Weather  The average temperature in the Central Valley is 72 degrees, frequently described as “eternal spring”.

Often referred to as the “Switzerland of Latin America”, Costa Rica is a peaceful democracy that actually abolished its army in 1949 and redirected military funds towards education.  The country is known for its high rate of literacy (96%), the warmth of its people and their love and pride of their country.  Furthermore, The country shares excellent economic and diplomatic relationships with the U.S.  It is very American friendly with approximately 700,000  - 1,000,000 Americans visiting the country each year and over 50,000 American citizens, including many retirees, calling Costa Rica their home. The country’s crime rate is a fraction of that in most US cities but travelers and patients still need to be cautious, as theft can be a problem, especially in parts of  downtown San Jose.  As always, common sense should prevail and keep you out of any trouble. Click here to acesss the U.S. State Department website for more information and any traveler information and warnings. And remember, we oversee your dental journey and are always available to answer any questions or concerns.

There are approximately 4,608,000 Costa Ricans, or “Ticos” as they call themselves.  They are extremely proud of their country, from its high standard of living and education, to its ecological magic and peaceful existence without an army for over 60 years.  It’s no wonder Costa Rica tops many lists as having the highest life satisfaction in the world.  Costa Ricans are typically happy, well mannered and will always attempt to leave a good impression.  Patients receiving medical and dental care are often amazed at the caring treatment they receive in Costa Rica compared to health providers back home. Adding further comparison to the title of  “Switzerland of Latin America,”Ticos tend to dislike conflict.  Shouting, yelling and rudeness are mostly avoided here.  One will get much farther by smiling and being friendly.  Family ties continue to be extremely important and remain the nucleus and support network for most Costa Ricans.