About Costa Rica

Columbus called Costa Rica the “Rich Coast” upon his discovery in 1502. Rich in beauty, rich in ecology and rich in flora and fauna with thousands of species of plants, animals, birds and insects that live in magnificent and sometimes mysterious Central American tropical forests. Costa Rica’s wealth of natural resources is so abundant that Costa Rica even exports oxygen, an essential nutrient for a better, healthier and cleaner way of life. Some call Costa Rica the “Switzerland of the Americas”, others call it “Paradise on Earth”. You can call it what you like, but one visit to Costa Rica and the memory will be etched in your mind forever.

Costa Rica is possibly the most stable country in the region. It abolished its army in the late 1940’s to invest in its people’s education and welfare. To that end, you can travel to this country with the knowledge that it has a top class health system (should you need it). It is also boasts one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world, with the Nicoya Peninsula (the area that you will find Casa Vista) being labelled as one of the top Blue Zones in the world. Click here for more information as well as reading what Wikipedia has to say .

About the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica encompasses about 51,000 square kilometers of enchanting rainforests, majestic mountains, and countless virgin beaches among rocky bluffs, enclosed by numerous peninsulas and bays of unsurpassed scenic beauty. Costa Rica’s natural heritage form one of the world’s most outstanding biological reserve and national park systems with nearly 30% of its land mass as protected wildlife parks.

The Nicoya Peninsula itself is separated from the mainland of Costa Rica by the Gulf of Nicoya and covers a variety of terrains and microclimates. The Nicoya Peninsula southern tip, which starts from Manzanillo, down to Hermosa and then onto Santa Teresa and Mal Pais was once untouched and then discovered by the surfing community. It now has a thriving artisan community of international people from all walks of life.

The Costa Rica weather

Costa Rica weather boasts about as many microclimates as could be found in any country in the world. Like it cool, very cool? Try high up in the mountains above the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Hot and dry on the beach? Try the Guanacaste Gold Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Want to live in the rain forest? Like remote? Check out the Osa Peninsula. Whatever your preference, Costa Rica weather has something for everyone.

The Nicoya Peninsula has two seasons - dry and wet. The temperature always remains between 80 and 90 degrees but is either without any rain (between December and April) or with a shower in the afternoons (during May to August). The months of September and October have the highest rainful of the year. These few months are not to everyone's taste but if you are looking for an inspirational retreat to spend some quality quiet time to read, write, record music or paint, then you might have just found it at Casa Vista. For those guests coming in the wet season, we recommend only hiring a 4x4 car from San Jose or Liberia airports if traveling to Manzanillo, Santa Teresa or Mal Pais.