With volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, and distinctive animals, Costa Rica is a natural wonderland. This is a country that attracts birdwatchers, luxury travelers, and surfers and backpackers alike.
The country's best museums and attractive squares are in San Jose, but the real gems are in the forests and small coastal communities beyond the capital.
The Pacific Coast is lined with endless stretches of sand and little communities that cater to surfers and sun lovers. Inland, the forested mountains offer their own set of thrills, including volcanoes, waterfalls, ziplining, and fantastic animal viewing. Check to the Caribbean coast for something completely different, with its tranquil waters, plentiful animals, and unique cultural vibe.