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Why now is the best time for UK travellers to visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica is becoming a hot travel destination for British tourists and it is set to become even more popular following the launch of direct flights from Thomas Cook recently and British Airways in May. The country is home to diverse natural landscapes made up of soaring volcanos, lush rainforests, and miles of sandy beaches.

Why now is the best time for UK travellers to visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica has emerged an increasingly popular destination for British travellers and it’s expected to get even more popular following the recent launch of direct flights from the UK.

Thomson has recently launched direct flights to the tropical country in Central America, and British Airways has announced plans to do the same in May, 2016.

The Telegraph has listed 29 reasons why British travellers should visit the beautiful country in the near future.

These include its ranking as the happiest place to live in the world according to the most recent Happy Planet Index (HPI). Costa Rica scored an HPI rating of 64, while the UK scored 47.9. The index measures human well-being and the environmental impact.

The country has had no army since 1949 and it is home to the United National University for Peace, making it one of the most peace-loving countries in the world.

Life expectancy in Costa Rica is significantly higher than other nations and 79 is the average age of its citizens. The residents of the Nicoya Peninsula frequently live beyond the age of 100 years, and the impressive longevity is said to be down to the simple lifestyle where locals work on farms or cattle ranches.

The coffee in the country is said to be among the best in the world, literacy rate is at 97.8 per cent, and the women keep their maiden names when they get married.

But the one obvious thing that Costa Rica has is its diverse landscapes and wildlife, which draws thousands of travellers every year.

Home to verdant jungles, cloud forests such as Monteverde, and more than a dozen volcanos such as the soaring Arenal, the country hosts five per cent of the world’s biodiversity, and a quarter of the nation is a protected forest or nature reserve.

The beaches on the Pacific Coast are where you can watch the annual arrival of the Olive Ridley sea turtles, who come to lay their eggs, and if you can take part in numerous conservation programmes where you can see the turtles hatch in the sand.

Costa Rica has become the top destination for green holidays and fun eco adventures as it aims to be carbon-neutral by 2021. In Costa Rica tourists can enjoy an array of adrenalin-pumping activities such as adventurous activities such as trekking, surfing, scuba diving, climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and horse riding.

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