Known worldwide for its pristine green image, Costa Rica's environmental record is often seen as flawless by outsiders. Still, environmental problems exist in Costa Rica, and this year's headlines showed that the country has a lot of work to do to truly earn that flawless reputation.
The year 2014 was a big one for Costa Rica: The country got a new president, shocked soccer fans in the World Cup and celebrated and protested in the streets. The Tico Times photography staff was there to capture it all. Here is our year in photos