Costa Rica's Diversity

by Ursula Bestgen

Costa Rica is a relatively small country. Its about the size of Ohio in the United States and Denmark in Europe and lucky enough to have two beautifully thriving coastlines. The Pacific Coast and Caribbean coastline each offer their own intimate portraits of the symbiotic relationships between algae and living coral reefs.  Located in Central America with almost 1000 miles of coastline with a plethora of sea creatures. The coral reefs alone are home to hundreds of species of sea life and provide a protected environment for sea turtles, mollusks, rays and tropical fish to name a few. Costa Rica boasts at least a dozen different ecosystems ranging from tropical lowland rainforest to coral reefs.
Costa Rica is located on the Central American Isthmus, surrounding the point 10° north of the equator and 84° west of the prime meridian.
The Pacific coastline is varied. The north offers vast fields, dry tropical forest and rugged rocky terrain.
Travel the length of the Pacific Coast and you will find delightful surf towns at every turn, luxury resorts perched on hillsides looking out to sea and some of the country’s most amazing rain forests and national parks.
Travel a few hours in any direction and you will witness first hand the bio diversity Costa Rica is famous for.
Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, all have an important role to play. For example, A larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops. Greater species diversity  ensures natural sustainability for all life forms.
Costa Rica has a little something for everybody and should definitely be on your shortlist for a travel destination.  

Ursula Bestgen

Ursula Bestgen

Lead Contributor

Ursula Bestgen is an accomplished travel writer focusing on ecological hot spots around the world. She is renowned for the extensive research and colorful back ground of all her many articles. Ursula lives in Washington State but holds a home and a piece of her heart in Costa Rica

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