"Central American Success story"
"Costa Rica's political stability, high standard of living, and well-developed social benefits system set it apart from its Central American neighbors. Through the government's sustained social spending - almost 20% of GDP annually - Costa Rica has made tremendous progress toward achieving its goal of providing universal access to education, healthcare, clean water, sanitation, and electricity."
— The World Factbook maintained by the CIA.
"While traditional agricultural exports of bananas, coffee, sugar, and beef are still the backbone of commodity export trade, a variety of industrial and specialized agricultural products have broadened export trade in recent years. High value-added goods and services, including medical devices, have further bolstered exports. Tourism continues to bring in foreign exchange, as Costa Rica's impressive biodiversity makes it a key destination for ecotourism.
Foreign investors remain attracted by the country's political stability and relatively high education levels, as well as the incentives offered in the free-trade zones; Costa Rica has attracted one of the highest levels of foreign direct investment per capita in Latin America."
— The World Factbook maintained by the CIA
You don't have to be a resident to own a business or property in Costa Rica. Costa Rica attracts over $2 billion USD in foreign direct investments a year.
“A Place for Global Investment”
"Costa Rica is already home to more than 275 high-tech multinational companies like Intel, Amazon, HP Enterprise, P&G, Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical and Abbott. The country has been successful in fostering a competitive business climate, open to global trade. Rated safest country in Latin America, it focuses its young, bilingual workforce on education, ranked #1 in Latin America by the WEF which also acknowledged it as #1 in innovation, production process sophistication, availability of engineers and quality of researchers in LATAM."
— Costa Rica Star
“The Lowest Property Taxes”
The Costa Rican Government charges 1/4 of 1% of the value of the land a year. As a result, long term investments are even more desirable in this tropical paradise.
“Happiest Country on Earth”
"COSTA RICA has again topped the Happy Planet Index rankings with a substantial lead - having previously come top in our 2009 and 2012 editions. This tropical Central-American country is home to the greatest density of species in the world. Costa Rica’s GDP per capita is less than a quarter of the size of many Western European and North American countries, and is primarily based on tourism, agriculture and exports.
People living in Costa Rica have higher wellbeing than the residents of many rich nations, including the USA and the UK, and live longer than people in the USA. And all of this is achieved with a per capita Ecological Footprint that’s just one third of the size of the USA’s."
— Happy Planet Index
“The Most BioDiverse Country in the World”
Situated between the North and South America continents, Costa Rica has served as a bridge of countless species of animals and plants for thousands of years. Another factor to consider is the broad expanse of both coasts: a Caribbean coast (255kms) and facing the Pacific Ocean (1103 kms). A mountain range also provides numerous microclimates and a territorial sea of 589.000km2.
The system of National Parks and Reserves covers an area of 1342 hectares or 25.6% of its land area. These areas include islands and beaches, rain forests and dry, active volcanoes, hot springs, caves, river canyons and waterfalls. This biological heritage, the product of millions of years of evolution, presents us a spectacle of a nature not processed and undomesticated.
— The CR Embassy in Washington DC