A small country of amiable locals, dense jungles, chilled out surfers, hermit crabs and tons of monkeys, Costa Rica has perfected the pure life exemplified by the national motto of ‘Pura Vida’. Pura Vida can mean lazy afternoons in a hammock watching pelicans dive into the breaking waves. It can be bobbing on your board waiting for the next perfect wave.The pure life is different for everyone.
Explore Costa Rica’s many National Parks, snorkel, surf, raft and chill out somewhere on the Pacific or Caribbean coast. Watch Arenal, an active volcano surrounded by cloud forest, spill lava down its cone then zip line through the canopy. I recommend bringing a tent, opportunities to camp on the beach are plentiful and it can also save you some dough.

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