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    Costa Rica is an amazing place to visit, or to live as I did for three years. Plan to visit the southern part of the country. It is a little more remote but it is worth the effort. Nature takes over once you cross the Savegre River into the southern zone.

    If you like see the mountains come right to the coast, you will be awazed by the beauty of Ojochal, Uvita, and Dominical. You don't have to forgo luxury. The restaurants are heavenly and there are spas to soothe away aches.

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  • Costa RicaPro 2014
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    A beautiful peaceful country with friendly people and beautiful scenery. Do yourself a favor, rent a car and drive yourself across country. See Arenal Volcano, relax on the coast, or just drive through the jungles. You can even take a Zip line.

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    If your going to Mt. Arenal to see the active volcano make sure you check out the hot springs nearby. The water is amazingly warm and feels like im having a day at the spa. I highly reccomend zip lining thru the rain forest, and checking out the local food and art.

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    Spending time on Costa Rica’s beaches is about so much more than just working on your tan. Instead, fill your days with surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and whale and dolphin spotting. When you are done with the coast, head into the interior of the country for more adventure, like rappelling down waterfalls, zip-lining through jungle canopies, windsurfing on Lake Arenal, and hiking up Mount Chirripó. And there’s always a piña colada and a hammock waiting for you if you want it.

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    Costa Rica is my second home. With beautiful beaches, wildlife, national parks, volcanoes, rivers, waterfalls, and super friendly people, it is hard to not fall in love with it. I especially love Monteverde, Palo Verde, Montezuma, Rio Celeste, Playa Grande, and Puerto Viejo - I am so lucky to have seen all these places and more! My time in Costa Rica was made particularly sweet because of Instituto Estelar Bilingue, the best Spanish school in Costa Rica. Because of them I learned Spanish, made lots of new friends, learned about the culture, traveled, and even did volunteer work. Such an amazing experience, it really changed my life! I recommend a trip to Costa Rica to anyone and everyone who needs a vacation, a change of pace, or a place to see some of the most beautiful things on earth all in one place. Thank you, Costa Rica, I love you

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  • Costa Rica

    Catie consists of 1000 hectares dedicated to tropical agricultural research and education. Agronomists from all over the world recognize this as one of the most important centers in the tropics.

    Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/costa-rica/central-valley-and-highlands/turrialba/sights/parks-gardens/catie#ixzz2pI273Rdt

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    Looking for an adventure filled vacation that's relatively easy to get to? Costa Rica is your answer.

    There's a lot to do, canyoning, rappelling, horse back riding, hiking, beach combing, and of course, ziplining.

    The only downside... food is not totally memorable. Rice and beans and more rice and beans. :)

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  • Costa RicaPro 2014
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    I've been going to Costa Rica regularly for over 15 years and almost always go in the rainy season. It's a bit cooler, crowds are a fraction of what they are in the dry season (so it's less expensive!) and, if you are a surfer, you're likely to get some great Southern Hemis rolling in. Also, if you're interested in white water rafting, well, this is when the rivers are really pumping... The thing you most need to know about a tropical rainy season is that it's more like a summer in Florida than a bad winter in Portland. You're going to get some rain and you're going to get wet, but you'll also get a lot of sunshine too. The rain comes in the form of afternoon thunderstorms - often intense downpours. But, on the flip side, most mornings are sunny and more often than not, the storms roll on, leaving you with a nice late afternoon and sunset too. Now, to be totally honest, it is possible to hit it really bad, with several days in a row of intense rain. But more often than not, it's come and go storms. Also, take note that the northwest of Costa Rica (Guanacaste) is dry scrub/dry forest habitat. You'll find considerably less rain up that way, although this will be when some rain does fall there.

    My only caution to going to Costa Rica in the rainy season if if you are going primarily to SCUBA dive. There is a lot of river discharge during the rainy season, so visibility is of poorer quality unless you go very far offshore.

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    Costa Rica is a fantastic destination in Central America. Tourism is much more developed here than in other Central American countries and the economy is quite a bit better. This results in less violent crime on the whole compared to its neighbors. Costa Rica has been smart about preserving its environment for eco-tourism and rain/cloud forests and wildlife is probably the main draw here. The beaches are fantastic too. Cost of travel is relatively cheap.

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  • Costa Rica

    are you coming down To Costa Rica let me know your budget and i will make your dream come true!!

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    Sometimes this whole country feels like a national park. Relatively safe and easy to travel around (especially for central america), this is a place for first time tourists and seasoned travelers. The jungle is super biodiverse, the volcanoes are humbling and the surf is epic. San Jose does not have the best reputation though.

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    It may not work out for you since you are flying in and out of Tocumen but if you can you can make it to Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica. It is located on the border.

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  • Costa Rica

    I promise this place won't let you down. It's filled with beautiful people, flowers, animals and scenery. The great surfing conditions is a plus too!

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  • Costa RicaPro 2014
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    Costa Rica is one of the least challenging countries in Central America. Having had one of the few stable democracies in the region, it has managed to build out a great infrastructure for tourists. It has great beaches, rainforests where you can go zip-lining, and an active volcano. At the same time, with tons of American tourists, retirees, Costa Rica lacks the sense of cultural immersion you can get in some of its neighbors, like Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico. To me it felt only slightly more foreign than a visit to Florida.

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    Haven't gone yet, but trying to put together a 2 week itinerary. We're on a bit of a tight budget but we want to explore and experience Costa Rica as much as we can.

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  • Costa Rica

    Went for a week, stayed for two!! I'd move there in a heartbeat! Beautiful country and people who bend over backwards to assist you. The Best!!

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  • Costa Rica

    Loved our trip to Costa Rica. We’re in search of a place to retire/move abroad and this was our fist scouting trip. We loved the country. It was amazingly beautiful with supper friendly people and great weather. We thought it was expensive, however, for a Central American country.
    Tip: eat at local Sodas (diners) to save money, otherwise eating out is very expensive.

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  • Costa Rica

    I would definitely recommend this place for a bachelor party (this is the context of which I am basing my review). Depending on what you are looking for; there is no shortage of activities day and night. I went for a week on bachelor party and got in deep sea fishing (caught myself a 250 lb swordfish), stayed at a waterfront mansion, took ATVs through a river (completely submerging my ATV), played poker, drank in beach huts, checked out pristine beaches with no one there (played some catch..it was dope) did a class 5 white water rafting trip and most importantly....checked out many cute girls in the process (ahh...those were the days) - nightlife is not bad depending on which city you stay in. It sounds crazy expensive, but it is much cheaper than mexico and other standard latin american bachelor party locations (Cabo etc...). I've also heard Panama is a good option, but never been there. For something more expensive you want to go to the Guanacaste province which is in the northwest side of the island. The farther south you head, the cheaper (Jaco, Tamarindo etc...). Stay on the west coast of Costa Rica...the water is better there. On the east coast, there isn't much but the capital...which is sort of grimey in my opinion. Unless you like that sort of thing. If you like to surf...Costa Rica has some of the best in the world. I don't surf...but my buddies do and they said it was phenomenal.

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    Costa Rica, the most western-orientated of the Central American countries and retiree HQ for US pensioners.

    Doesn't sound promising? Well this country sure knows how to dish out natural wonders in spades, what it may lack in cultural diversity it makes up for in wildlife encounters, pristine ecosystems and dramatic scenery.

    You can find beaches on both the Pacific Coast, around Corcovado, and Atlantic coast, around Cahuita. The former is more poplular with tourists, the latter with surfers and backpackers.

    Costa Rica has a huge amount of national parks, the four main ones, with distinct ecosystems are Corcovado, Manuel Antonio, Tortuguero and Monteverde. All are spectacular. And if it's exploding volcanoes and hotsprings that you are looking for then head for the amazing Arenal area.

    San Jose is an OK city to hang around for a couple of days, but like so many cities in Central America petty crime (pickpockets etc) are a real annoyance, especally around the city's market area.

    My favorite thing about Costa Rica? Hanging out in the cloud forests doing a spot of birdwatching (more birds in Costa Rica than any other country on earth) and then chilling out with a seafood dinner and some rum on the Caribbean coast. Bliss!

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  • Costa Rica

    Great spot for an adventure vacation...lots of activities, beautiful nature and delicious food. During the rainy season it's less crowded but more chances to lose a day here or there to the weather. Zip lining, surfing, volcanoes, hot springs spa-ing...there is something for everyone here, even luxury resorts!!!

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For the eco-tourists out there, this Central American country could be your Mecca. Costa Rica boats incredibly diverse natural and geographic beauty; nearly every type of forest, the highest number of volcanoes in the western hemisphere, incredible beaches and islands, and nearly 6% of the world’s animal species call this country home. While the capital of San José is certainly a friendly city, you should spend most of your time enjoying the country. Bird watching is one of the most popular tourist activities in Costa Rica; Monteverde Cloud Forest has over 800 species within its limits and Tárcoles boasts both 400 species, as well as river tours highlighting its crocodile population. Feel like some relaxation? Kick back in the springs at the Tabacón Hot Springs Resort & Spa while watching Arenal Volcano erupt and shake the earth around you. Adrenaline junkies shouldn’t pass up a white water rafting opportunity in Costa Rica (it has the highest number of rivers per square mile of land of any country), ranging from single day excursions to multi day adventures in class four and five rapids. Isla del Coco off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is consistently rated as one of the best diving ... read more
spots in the world; dive amongst whale sharks, hammerhead schools and vibrant reefs!

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