Costa Rica is one of those places we've been wanting to visit, but haven't found the time to do so. Yet we constantly hear good things about the place from friends who've vacationed there.
Here's what I do know: It has a very stable, democratic government; it has a good manufacturing and agricultural economic base; and enviromentalism is taken very seriously. Oh, and it is a photographer's paradise.
So let's hear from you out there who've actually visited Costa Rica.
In the April 12th New York Times, editorial writer Thomas Friedman wrote about a recent visit he made to Liberia, Costa Rica. "In Costa Rica, the minister of environment sets the policy for energy, mines, water and natural resources." To us in the US, that may seem like the tail wagging the dog. But the result has been a major investment in renewable energy -- hydro-electric, wind and geothermal. As a result, today CR gets nearly 95% of its energy from renewables. And they have oil. But they have made a conscious decision not to "drill, baby, drill." They banned it!