About Costa Rica

Several global high-tech corporations are established in Costa Rica including Intel, GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor & Gamble

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Costa Rica (which translates as rich coast) is a country in Central America touched on opposite coasts by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica is economically and politically stable and was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army.

In terms of the Yale 2012 Environmental Performance Index, the country is ranked 1st in the world for Forest Coverage and Growing Stock, with a maximum score ranking of 100 for both.

Costa Rica currently produces approximately 95% of its electricity from ecologically friendly sources such as hydroelectricity and aims to be carbon neutral by 2021. It also imposes a 15% tax on all fuel used for governmental forestry redevelopment.

Global trade continues to expand, particularly with South East Asia and Russia. INTEL has invested US$770 million into the Costa Rican semiconductor assembly and test plant microprocessor facility, which is directly responsible for a large percentage of the country's GDP.

A beautiful country with strong trade links to the USA

Costa Rica attracts approximately 1.5 million visitors every year and is home to a rich and diverse variety of plants and animals.

While the country has only about 0.1% of the world’s landmass, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Additionally, around 25% of the country’s land area is protected national parks, which is the largest percentage of any country in the world.

The lush jungles are home to languid sloths, crocodiles, countless species of lizards, poison dart frogs and a huge assortment of exotic birds, insects and butterflies. Endangered sea turtles nest on both coasts and cloud forests protect elusive birds and jungle cats such as the ocelot.

Why Costa Rica?

Our plantations are based in Costa Rica, which is located close to the equator. Consequently, the climate is tropical all year round and perfect for growing hardwood trees

We carefully chose Costa Rica for our plantations for a number of reasons:

  • Perfect climate for growing a wide variety of trees
  • Located close to shipping ports
  • A stable democratic government with no army
  • Close bilateral trade agreements with the USA
  • Government regulation of plantations with special forestry laws set up to protect natural forests
  • Modern infrastructure
  • Government Certified Foresters specialising in environmental conservation
  • Availability of suitable land with the right soil conditions
  • Member of CAFTA – Central American Free Trade Agreement

If you wish to see our plantations, please call us to schedule a visit.