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What to do in Costa Rica: country that doesn't have an army

Costa Rica, located in Central America, is a peaceful nation known for its stunning natural beauty and impressive biodiversity. From active volcanoes to paradisiacal beaches, this country enchants any visitor. Some of the places you can't miss are the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Arenal Volcano, the city of San José, the Nicoya Peninsula and the Monteverde cloud forest.


There, the currency is the Costa Rican colón, but the American dollar is also widely accepted. The official language is Spanish. We, Brazilians, can enter the country only with a valid passport, not needing a visa for stays of up to 90 days.


Costa Rica is a democratic country, with a stable economy, being one of the most developed countries in Central America. The country abolished its army in 1948 and since then has invested these resources in the education and health of the population.


Regarding travel costs, Costa Rica can be considered moderate. The price will depend a lot on the type of accommodation you choose, and the activities you decide to do.

We drove more than 300km in Costa Rica, practically covering the main points of the country and stayed in a very interesting hotel called THE RETREAT COSTA RICA, which offers a great relaxation option at the top of the mountain.

But why doesn't Costa Rica have an army? In 1948, after a brief civil war, then president José Figueres Ferrer abolished the army, declaring that Costa Rica would be a country of peace. Since then, resources that would have been allocated to the armed forces have been invested in education and health. Incredible, isn't it?

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