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Costa Rica is exactly what it means rich coast The beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are full of beautiful plants animals and people That is what I consider to be rich The beaches are not rich like others might think Costa Rica lacked gold and silver that mesmerized the 16th century Spanish conquerors For this very reason Spain virtually ignored Costa Rica during colonial times Costa Rica also lacked a large amount of Amerindian population that is why most of the people today are of purely Spanish decent Encyclopedia Americana p50 Costa Rica is snuggled in between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south Costa Rica is very rich in plant and animal life Costa Rica is almost covered by forests There are more than 130 families of trees that embrace some 1300 species The wildlife includes many exotic animals such as jaguars pumas deer ocelot sloths and a variety of monkeys At least 725 species of birds including parrots and toucans and 130 species of snakes and frogs have also been observed Encyclopedia Americana p51-52 On the beaches you could find a variety of crabs iguanas basilisks and sea turtles swimming in the ocean Egelkraut p54-55 When sea turtles come to Ostional Costa Rica to lay their eggs it is called la arribaba- the arrival By 2 am the Pacific beach looked like a cobblestone street where the cobblestones had come to life Rudloe p97 Poaching eggs from a placid leatherback a Costa Rican villager is one of legions who illegally take turtle eggs in Latin America Eggs can go at two dollars a dozen and are hot in bars Rudloe p104The labor force amounted to 1087000 in 1992 which is about 341 of the total population About half the total work force is concentrated in San Jose and Alajuela provinces Worldmark vol 3 p125 About 23 of the labor force is in the service or the government and
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