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Costa Rica

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Overview

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. Tales of life and death from Benita Hussian, diving tips, honeymoon destinations and weird hostels in Costa Rica are represented here on Matador. Jump into an article and get stoked for your next Costa Rican adventure!

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11 travel experiences to have in Costa Rica before you die

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11 facts about Costa Rica that will surprise you

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Back to nature: 13 of the world’s richest national parks

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10+ spots that prove Costa Rica is the ultimate outdoor playground

17+ family friendly things to do in Costa Rica

9 ways a trip to Costa Rica will surprise you

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Photo guide to Costa Rica’s most epic adventures

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13 foods you have to try in Costa Rica

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Travel guide to Costa Rica’s top 5 national parks

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7 reasons Costa Rica is the ultimate vacation spot

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7 ultimate Costa Rican adventures for any budget

Photo guide to Costa Rica’s most incredible animals

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9 things Canadians could learn from Costa Rica

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5 incredible under-the-radar vacation spots in Costa Rica

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30 photos that will make you wish you were in Costa Rica right now

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