Costa Rica: Heartburn over proliferation of roads and subdivisions may put skids on developers

Rampant and unplanned real estate developments in Costa Rica are sacrificing the natural resources that once attracted tourists and investors to the Central American country, according to a report by the Tico Times, an English-language newspaper in San Jose.

The report focuses on one of dozens mountain developments with a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, that require the construction of new roads and electricity and potable water systems.

Costa Rica is a top attraction for eco-tourists, as well as foreign retirees lured by the low housing prices.