The Richness of Costa Rica

A Little Slice of Nice

In Spanish Costa means ‘coast’ and Rica means ‘rich, delicious and/or tasty.’  Costa Rica was by far a rich coast that was hard to rival.  Comparing the countries we had been to and the experiences we’d had in them had been like comparing mangos to papayas, or Tres Leches to Tiramisu.  It has been hard to pick a favorite (and not that we had to), because every country has had their own special combination of unique ingredients and flavors that seem hard to beat.  Costa Rica was no exception.  It delivered its richness in so many ways that it won us over, taking the prize of our “favorite country (and coffee) award.”

Costa Rica’s reputation for heavy tourism initially caused apprehension in us.  We were pleasantly taken aback when we discovered that this not the case in our experience.  Costa Rica blew us away with its relatively uncrowded beaches, rain and cloud forests and a plethora of stunning wildlife we often had to ourselves.  The experiences we had were akin to a National Geographic experience after experience.  We lost track of how many times we were struck with awe, in tears, and humbled by the sheer magic this planet has to offer when given the opportunity.

Costa Rica quickly became the place that fostered the kind of environment for not only integrating our experiences with Mother Nature, but also for deepening our relationship with Mother Earth on a whole other Next level previously unimaginable.  The profound window of vast natural habitat we got to experience was the result of Costa Rica’s commitment to preserving and protecting its land and natural habitat.  It was humbling to see what life could be like, and at one time was like, without the distractions and destruction of greed and obstruction.  We can confidently say that Costa Rica has been our favorite country yet.

Please check out Karl’s photography and detailed description of our adventures and experiences in our  Costa Rica trip report here!

If you want to know our Top 10 Costa Rica adventures, please check out ‘Our Costa Rica Top 10’ here!


I am a non-practicing psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I will be working towards licensure after our travels. During our journey through Mexico and Central and South America I’m exploring other cultural and community value systems and environmental and relational dynamics that influence mental health and happiness. I am also writing a book about anger. The book includes research collected throughout my clinical and academic studies in psychology, as well as personal thoughts and life experiences as a heavy metal musician, and other’s thoughts on and/or experiences with anger.

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