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Visual Adventure: Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most verdant countries on the planet, but there’s no shortage of colors beyond green to be found — and there’s more to do than just experience nature. Here, a few things I recommend if you find yourself in what locals like to claim is the, “Happiest Country on Earth.” [&hellip

by Kirsten Alana Posted on 08 October 2012

Costa Rica is one of the most verdant countries on the planet, but there's no shortage of colors beyond green to be found -- and there's more to do than just experience nature. Here, a few things I recommend if you find yourself in what locals like to claim is the, "Happiest Country on Earth."

Mountains of Costa Rica

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The beautiful mountain ranges of Costa Rica are the first thing you'll notice when you fly into the country. If you have a window seat!

Monteverde

Prepare to be soaking wet every day of the year at the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It's one of the most verdant, lush parts of Costa Rica.

Make chocolate in Costa Rica

Learn to make chocolate from scratch when you visit a traditional BriBri village near the border of Costa Rica and Panama.

Puerto Viejo

The colorful surf and beach-bum town of Puerto Viejo draws a hippie crowd from all over the globe. It's a great place to learn to surf, when you're done - join the party every night at Koki Beach.

Road side stand

When you're driving through Costa Rica, make sure to stop for a meal at one of the many roadside stands that dot highways throughout the country.

Manuel Antonio

Most visitors to Costa Rica visit this beautiful park and its private beaches, for a reason. Manuel Antonio is worth the price of admission.

Biesanz Beach

If you don't want to pay the entrance fee for Manuel Antonio, ask a local guide to take you to Biesanz Beach. It's more private but it's free and you can still take a surfing lesson or rent a kayak for the day.

Local market in Costa Rica

Don't skip shopping at the local markets! Every small town has one and you'll support the local economy when you do if you look for handmade, not imported, items.

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