Central America

Costa Rica

Population: 5.09 Million

The Basics

Population
5.09 Million
Language
Spanish
Religions
Roman Catholic 76%
Protestant Christian 14%
Other/None 10%

Costa Rica is one of the most stable countries in Central America, economically and politically.

Its volcanoes and lush jungles draw tourists from around the world, and its easygoing beach towns are a popular destination for world-class surfing.

One of the only countries without an active military, Costa Rica lives by the motto, pura vida, which embodies an easy-going approach to life.

Enjoy the delicious coffee and slower pace of life here.

Culture
It is common to greet someone with a handshake or sometimes a cheek-to-cheek kiss.

The phrase “Pura vida” can be used as a greeting - it literally means “pure life” and is used in many different contexts and conversations.

Rice and beans are the base of almost every meal.

A 10% tip is often automatically added to the bill at most restaurants. Tips are not generally given to taxi drivers.

Explore
Costa Rica is known as one of the world’s top destinations for surfing. Take advantage of the many good spots while you are there!

The La Fortuna/Volcano Arenal is a great adventure. You can zipline, hike, or soak in the volcanic hot springs.

If you are in Jaco, go paddle boarding and surfing at the beach.

Manuel Antonio near Jaco is a beautiful wildlife park that is a lot of fun to explore.

Go white water rafting on the Sarapiqui river, about 45 minutes from San Jose.

Strategic Partners

Meet Hannah and her family! Ocean's Edge works with other ministries in the area, including a youth house on the beach, prenatal center, kids club, and service projects throughout town. Their ministry is a training and equipping ministry that teaches living and working while simultaneously living missionally. This includes training locals and giving opportunities to work in business, art, marketing, etc.

Meet Bryan and Beth! Conexion Ministries serves their local community through medical missions, evangelism, outreach events, kids clubs, and much more. They love to take visiting missionary teams to work with public schools and local churches

Metro Ministries serves hundreds of children and teenagers each week. Metro has worked to rescue hurting children and offer a message of love and hope to encourage them to stay in school and away from gangs and other destructive behaviours. Metro meets both spiritual and physical needs through long-term, one-on-one relationships, mentorship, and child sponsorship.

Abraham’s Project is a program for the benefit of the local community and surrounding areas. They provide a home for orphans and kids that have suffered abuse or neglect. Abraham’s Project also runs a daycare and provides medical care for the community. They believe God has a purpose for every single person and desires them to be in a loving community.

The Adventures Base in Costa Rica works to build relationships with locals and host and disciple teams that come through. They work with a variety of local and remote ministries around San José and take teams to serve in daycares and feeding programs. They also invite teams to join them in evangelism, prayer walks, home visits, spiritual teaching and activations, teaching English, sport ministries, and children's programs.

On the Ground

Posts from racers on the ground in Costa Rica