Besides being a trendy eco-tourism destination, Costa Rica is a favorite destination for international dental and medical tourists. Costa Rica is known for its exotic tropical beauty, pristine beaches, friendly people, and rich cultural heritage and it is a great place for those who enjoy many types of tourist activities, from whitewater rafting to zip-lining, visiting museums to botanical gardens, soaking in volcanic hot springs to surfing in the ocean. It also has a climate that is one of the best in the world, with many micro-climates to satisfy any tourist’s comfort level – warmer at the beaches, cooler at altitude in the mountains, always inviting.
Laura Linney recalls: “We got to see places you normally wouldn’t have access to, shooting on top of volcanoes [Arenal and Irazu – two of six active volcanoes, plus 61 dormant or extinct ones] and going deep into the rainforest and over gorges. It was gorgeous.”
Based on a true story, featuring amazing outdoor photography in the jungles of Costa Rica, and the luminescent and elusive blue morpho butterfly. Costa Rica is also the world’s hummingbird capital with 52 different species, and hosts five percent of the world’s biodiversity, while only covering .03 per cent of the planet. Approximately one quarter of the country is protected by forests, parks or reserves.
Life expectancy in Costa Rica is an impressive 79 years, higher than all of its Central American neighbors, and even that of the USA. The health-care system is rated just above that of the USA, according to the World Health Organization. Many of the dentists and doctors in Costa Rica have had training in the USA and other developed countries around the world.
Dr. Jose Francisco Dittel, owner of iSmile Costa Rica, with degrees from Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and the USA, is a highly qualified and experienced Maxillofacial Surgeon, recognized as the only medical professional in Costa Rica to hold degrees for surgery in two fields: Medical and Dental, with specialties in both Oral and Maxillofacial surgery and Advanced General Dentistry, and is qualified in facial plastic surgery procedures as well.
In 1991 Dr. Dittel was given the Research Award granted by Colgate International for originality and use of technology. He performed complex and strategic maxillofacial surgeries for victims of motorcycle accidents with severe facial injuries in Honduras while participating in an international medical mission there. Dr. Dittel also has membership in several prestigious medical organizations:
People around the world are realizing the benefits of Costa Rica’s high-quality, low-cost medical services — approximately 15 percent of international tourists come specifically to take advantage of the excellent medical services here, especially dental care and cosmetic surgery. And Costa Rica is rated among the top five countries visited by Americans for medical treatment. Being able to save up to 70% or more of the cost of dental care without sacrificing quality has a lot to do with that, and Canadians can avoid long waiting periods while escaping a brutal winter. International travel for medical and dental care is growing by leaps and bounds, and is anticipated to grow by 25% per year during the next decade. With today’s advances in communication, competitive air fares, and awareness of Costa Rica as a reliable Medical Tourism destination, we anticipate that many new patients will come here.