Costa Rica has so much to offer its visitors. Whether you’re a nature-lover, a sun-worshipper, or an adventure junkie, it can be hard to narrow down all of the incredible reasons plan a trip right now!
Costa Rica Soccer Tours has spent years planning trips to Costa Rica for young soccer players throughout the United States and Canada. Here is our personal list of 5 hidden treasures you’ll find when you take a soccer tour to Costa Rica:
1. The Soccer Fever
Tired of working hard to get the respect that soccer deserves? Come bask in a culture where soccer is the undisputed king, queen and emperor!
While Costa Ricans love a wide range of sports and the country has produced champions in swimming, cycling, boxing, and more, soccer rules the roost, and when La Sele – or Real Madrid, featuring star Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas – is playing, it’s an unofficial national holiday. They have almost the same number of professional teams as the US, even though they have less than 2% of the US population.
With passionate fans from coast to coast, any soccer lover will feel instantly at home here.
2. The Landscape
Even for longtime residents or Costa Ricans themselves, a drive from one part of the country to another can provoke a jaw-dropping response. It is truly hard to believe the diversity of climates and ecosystems on this tiny piece of earth.
A country about the size of West Virginia is home to pristine, empty beaches, cloud forests and rainforests, rugged mountaintops, dusty plains, rolling green valleys…the list goes on and on!
3. The Food
Costa Rican food is delicious – but it’s also a soccer coach’s dream.
The cuisine is perfect to fuel athletes after a taxing workout, full of healthy proteins, mouthwatering fresh fruits, and delicious vegetables. These nutrient-rich foods are often prepared in stews or as savory side dishes. What’s more, Costa Rican food is simple comfort food, easy on the palates of even the pickiest eaters.
4. The Weather
What can we say? The weather in Costa Rica is just about perfect! San José’s temperate mountain climate, which is 75⁰ most days of the year, is made for training, touring, and adventures.
5. The People
Naturally, we saved the best for last. What is Costa Rica’s greatest treasure, hands down? Its warm, kind people.
Costa Ricans, better known as “Ticos”, love to show international tourists their country and help them learn their language, including the delightful slang and folk sayings you won’t find in Spanish textbooks.
The people of Costa Rica can’t wait to welcome you – especially the Ticos at Costa Rica Soccer Tours!