San Jose, Costa Rica: One Of The World’s Premier Dental Destinations

Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano

Nestled between Panama and Nicaragua sits Costa Rica, a small tropical country in Central America. Right in the center of this land mass sits the capital, San Jose. With a population of only 288,000 people, it is one of the least crowded nation capitals in the world. And who goes there? Lots of tourists! Why?  Because it is beautiful, safe, and affordable. Costa Rica is also one of the most mature dental tourism destinations in the world rivaling Thailand and Mexico for cost, quality, and ease of access. 

Costa Rica is unique. It is so different for so many different reasons. Here are a few: Over a quarter of the land is dedicated to conservation. Tourism is the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. Costa Rica is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Costa Rica is one of 23 countries in the world that doesn’t have a standing army. It has one of the highest life expediencies in the world. There are over 200 volcanic formations in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to more than 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica ranks number one in the Happy Planet Index (2009 & 2012). The list goes on. The point is, for this country that is slightly smaller than Lake Michigan and didn’t use street signs until 2012, the upside is immeasurable.