“Ooohhh heaven is a place on Earth,” sang Belinda Carlisle. She wasn’t singing about Costa Rica... but she could have been! One of Central America’s most prosperous countries and, according to the Happy Planet Index, home of the happiest people anywhere, Costa Rica is an amazing place to study and explore. Learn Spanish in Costa Rica with ESL and sample la pura vida for yourself.
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In a place that was once the meeting point between the Nahua and Muisca people, Christopher Columbus’ arrival in 1502 changed everything, but maybe not quite as much as elsewhere on the continent. The Conquistadors didn’t think much of Costa Rica. One general, in 1719, called it “the poorest and most miserable Spanish colony in all Americas” and, as such, the country was left in relative peace. Maybe this is why modern Costa Rica is so glorious and peaceful. Or maybe it’s because, on December 1, 1948, while generals elsewhere in Latin America were planning coups, President José Figueres Ferrer abolished the country’s military and invested the budget in security, education and culture.
Golden beaches line the 1300km of coastline, where you can choose to dip in the warm waters of the Caribbean or surf into some of the world’s best Pacific waves. Inland, you can explore the almost pre-historic rainforests, where active volcanoes poke through the astoundingly diverse jungle canopy, where thousands of unique plant and animal species flourish.
Take a Spanish course in Costa Rica and discover the jewel of Central America, kingdom of the pura vida... a country that is dedicated to good, eco-friendly living, but knows how to have a good time. Return to introduction...