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Costa Rica:
Save the Americans


One of Costa Rica’s most stunning assets is its biodiversity. This Central American country, smaller than most US states, harbors an incredible 5% of all plant and animal species on the planet. Many are endangered and endemic, meaning you’ll see them in Costa Rica and nowhere else.

But Matador’s partner Visit Costa Rica is turning the tables and asking: What about us humans? Another staggering figure is that Americans leave 500 million vacation days unused every year. This comes with its own dangers, and has prompted the campaign to #SaveTheAmericans. Scroll down to read how Costa Rica is coming to the aid of the overworked and under-vacationed.

This series is proudly produced in partnership with Visit Costa Rica.

360 Videos by Matador Media House

Day Tripping in Dominical

Dominical is a sleepy beach town on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, four hours southwest of San Jose. There’s an epic surf break and that’s what it’s known for. However, surfing is only scratching Dominical’s surface.

Waterfall Adventure Canyoning

Canyoning in Costa Rica gets no better than this little waterfall-filled gorge outside Dominical, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.

Original Videos by Matador Media House

Pura Vida:

Essential Costa Rica Costa Rica has it all: jungle, beaches, mountains, adventure, relaxation. It’s all good in the land of pura vida. In fact, Costa Rica feels like it’s hiding a slice of paradise around every corner, just waiting for travelers to explore it.

Costa Rica From the Air

Costa Rica’s epic beauty is difficult to comprehend from ground level.

Costa Rica: Enter Adventure

If you’re watching this video in your cubicle at work, throwing frantic glances over your shoulder to make sure no one finds out how you REALLY spend your workday, take note: Costa Rica is waiting for you. Put in a vacation request, book a flight, and get down here.

Costa Rica: Into Nature

Cruising the wildlife-packed mangroves of the Sierpe River, traversing rainforest roads to extraordinary waterfalls and swimming holes, pacing yourself with the ebb and flow of the tide on two coasts, communing with iconic creatures of the tropical forest — toucans, capuchin monkeys, sloths…these are just a few ways to experience nature in Costa Rica.

Series Articles

9 ways a trip to Costa Rica will surprise you

10 experiences you can only have in Costa Rica

10 things only someone who’s been to Costa Rica will understand

15 New Year’s resolutions for every overworked, under-vacationed American

Photo guide to Costa Rica’s most epic adventures

13 foods you have to try in Costa Rica

Travel guide to Costa Rica’s top 5 national parks

7 reasons Costa Rica is the ultimate vacation spot

23 essential Spanish expressions to learn before visiting Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Into nature

7 ultimate Costa Rican adventures for any budget

19 signs it’s been WAY too long since your last vacation

Photo guide to Costa Rica’s most incredible animals

9 things Canadians could learn from Costa Rica

11 reasons the US would be a better place if Americans traveled more

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

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