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Costa Rica – Central America’s hidden gem

Three-toed sloth on Cecropia insignis in Manuel Antonio National Park
Three-toed sloth on Cecropia insignis in Manuel Antonio National Park
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For anyone seeking the perfect adventure vacation getaway whether by yourself, with friends or family members, might want to take a look at the enchanting tiny nation of Costa Rica. With its gold colored sand beaches, active volcanoes, abundant rain and cloud forests, and stunning seaside villages, Costa Rica makes the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable vacation.

The Arenal Volcano, seen from the principal building of the Hanging Bridges
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Costa Rica is home to some of Central America's most spectacular beaches. With a year-round tropical climate, warm waters and 1,100 miles of coastline, makes Costa Rica a vacationer's paradise. Whether hitting the waves on a surf board, walking along the beach or enjoying the sun's rays, Costa Rica's beaches offer visitors with lots of fun in the sun.

Costa Rica provides vacationers with a relaxed lifestyle, breathtaking landscape and a friendly Tico society that offers a wonderful and memorable vacation. More than a quarter of the country's land area is covered by lush green national reserves. Visitors can enjoy from a number of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, jungle tours, snorkeling and scuba diving. Costa Rica provides the perfect getaway for the passionate and thrill-seeking adventurer to experience a vacation of a lifetime.

For those that enjoy the great outdoors will discover an endless number of amazing hiking and trekking opportunities. Explore the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park or consider hiking in the beautiful Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. As for the adventurous, a trip to the remote jungles of the Corcovado National Park is well worth a visit. It is home to the last surviving rain forest along the Pacific coast.

For those that enjoy water activities will find no shortage of white water river rafting and kayaking adventure opportunities offering endless fun for everyone. Whether kayaking out to sea or enjoying a wild ride down the raging rapids of the Rio’s Pacuare, Revenatzon and Naranjo on a raft, it’s an adventure of a lifetime. For some excellent surfing, be sure to visit the Witches Rock, Pavones, Ollie’s Point, Salsa Brava or Playa Hermosa in Puntarenas, providing visitors with some of the most amazing surf breaks.

Diving along the coast off Drake Bay allows divers to some of the most amazing underwater scenery that Costa Rica has to offer. For some spectacular marine life, be sure to visit the tiny island of Isla del Caño. A number of fantastic snorkeling opportunities can be found in Playas del Coco, Playa Ocotal and Playa Hermosa. Locations surrounding Puerto Jimenez and Cabo Matapalo offer visitors to some spectacular views of the waterfalls.

Costa Rica is a nation offering visitors with year-round activities. Whether it's sightseeing, hiking the rain forests or taking advantage of sun, sand and sea, you'll have memories that will be talked about for many years to come.

For more information, visit Costa Rica Tourism