Friday 5 March 2021

Five Reasons Why Athletes Love Escaping to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a Caribbean paradise like few others. Nearly 3 million visitors a year flock to the Pura Vida nation for some of the most pristine beaches and lush jungle in Central America. If you’ve ever traveled to Costa Rica, you know there’s no place in the world quite like it.

Many famous athletes choose to spend their sun-seeking downtime in Costa Rica. You may not know it, but If you’re a fan of Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Steffi Graf, or Raphael Varane, your sports hero is a Costa Rica regular.

- Advertisement -

Can’t find 19-time Grand Slam winner Rafal Nadal anywhere in Spain? There’s a good chance he’s down here soaking up the easy-going lifestyle.

So what exactly draws so many sports stars, entertainers, and regular folk alike to escape into Pura Vida? We narrowed it down to the following five reasons.

Beaches Galore

It doesn’t matter if you’re a superstar athlete, an A-list entertainer, or one of the rest of us—everyone loves the beach.

- Advertisement -

Costa Rica shines in this category with a bounty of beautiful beaches. In fact, the country boasts over 600 beaches. From white sand beaches to coastal national parks, to cozy bays,  it’s easy to find a perfect oceanside slice of paradise.

Among the favorite beaches with sports stars are Papayo Gulf and Playas del Coco in Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa in Santa Teresa, and Mal País in the South Pacific.

Pura Vida Everywhere

Pura Vida, or “pure life” is the mantra of Costa Rica for good reason. Life in the sun is just easy breezy here. For athletes under the constant pressure of world-class competition, the chance to escape to a tropical paradise and reset is simply irresistible.

In Costa Rica, the expression “Pura Vida” is spoken to say hello, goodbye, or just to say everything is good. It’s a philosophy of living with no worries, no stress.

But Pura Vida isn’t just talk. Forbes ranked Costa Rica as one of the happiest countries in the world in 2020.

- Advertisement -

A Home in Paradise

Several athletes love holidaying in Costa Rica so much that they call the country of 5 million home—at least part of the time. For the rich and famous, Costa Rica offers some of the best beachside luxury real estate in the world.

Take Brady, for example. He’s perhaps the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The iconic athlete won six Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, the league MVP three times, and steered his team to the top of NFL betting odds at US sportsbooks on countless occasions.

When Brady isn’t dominating the gridiron, he and supermodel wife Gisele head to their vacation home on the Nicoya Peninsula near Santa Teresa for much needed R&R.

Tennis legends Andre Agassi and Graf are also part-time residents. The couple owns a sports and vacation club near Playas del Cocos.

Amazing Eco Adventure

Costa Rica’s stunning natural beauty is just as famous as the celebrities that visit. Green landscapes, volcanoes, lush rainforests, sparkling ocean water, and exotic fauna all beckon the outdoor adventurer.

Athletes are naturally an adventurous type. In Costa Rica, they can surf, swim, and hike to their heart’s content.  Even a simple outdoor yoga session in the ocean breeze is a great way to soak up the Pura Vida essence.

Some Deserved Privacy

Sometimes those in the spotlight just want to blend in without being interrupted by adoring fans. Costa Rica offers athletes and celebrities a great deal of tropical privacy.

Once a noted athlete dons sunglasses, a hat, and a bathing suit, they become just part of the crowd in Costa Rica. They can enjoy the beach or go shopping without being noticed.

Brady is a notable exception. The future Hall-of-Famer is frequently spotted surfing on the beach near his residence in Santa Teresa.

Still, locals and visitors are more focused on following their own Pura Vida than chasing down athletes.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Carter Maddox
Carter is self-described as thirty-three-and-a-half years old and his thirty-three-and-a-half years birthday is always on March 3. Carter characteristically avoids pronouns, referring to himself in the third person (e.g. "Carter has a question" rather than, "I have a question"). One day [in 1984], Carter, raised himself up and from that day forward we could all read what Carter writes.

Related Articles


‘We want to work!’: Entertainment industry cries out to Government

QCOSTARICA - After a year of no work, engineers, technicians, producers, cleaners, food and beverage personnel, among others, held a peaceful march this Thursday...

Consumer confidence improves slightly in early 2021

QCOSTARICA - Consumer pessimism decreased slightly for February 2021, compared to November of last year, however, uncertainty around the economy remains high and the...

Franklin Chang: “Space Agency Doesn’t Have to Be a Bureaucratic Elephant”

QCOSTARICA - The so-called Costa Rican space agency, recently approved by Congress, does not have to be a bureaucratic giant, with a large office...

Tamarindo and Sámara received recognition for Tsunami preparedness

QCOSTARICA - For their preparedness to face tsunamis, the communities of Tamarindo and Sámara were recognized by the Junta Nacional Tsunami Ready de Costa...

Torre del Bicentenario: An envisioned project to commemorate Costa Rica’s 200th

QCOSTARICA - To commemorate the Bicentennial of Costa Rica that occurs in 2021, Inverse Project has designed the Torre del Bicentenario for this important...

ESPH charges the family for electricity for January and February even though fire destroyed their home in December

QCOSTARICA - Despite losing their home entirely in December, a Heredia received electricity bills from the Heredia Public Service Company (ESPH) for January and...

South Korea company to conduct Costa Rica rail feasibility study

QCOSTARICA - Korea National Railway (KR) will conduct a feasibility study for the restoration of 98.3km of Costa Rica’s San José-Puntarenas rail line. The study...

CCSS reports 149,812 vaccines applied against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports applying a total of 149,812 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national application rate of...

US Latin America Policy Won’t Change Much, New ‘Thaw’ With Cuba Can’t be Ruled Out,

Q REPORTS - U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to outline his vision of Washington's Latin America policy at the next Summit of the...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.