• A paradise for intrepid nature lovers, and increasingly for luxury-seeking ones.
  • Incredible lodges, combining eco-sensitivity with services. Small, simple inns in wild country. And a few fantastic luxury resorts.
  • Birthplace of ecotourism! Ten percent of all the world's bird species live here.
  • Experience rain forest, Pacific surf, Caribbean coastline, mountains, and live volcanoes.
  • Adventure is easily found: rafting, kayaking, zip-line tours, whale watching, diving, sportfishing, and bird-watching.
  • New direct flights from the U.S. to Liberia are making Guanacaste the new hot spot.
  • Good buys: Bottles of Salsa Lizano, coffee beans, clay ocarinas, hand-painted oxcarts, notebooks of banana-fiber paper, emeralds.


January through April is the high season, because it's generally drier across the country. But if you want tropical, try bargain hunting during the "Green Season," from May through October. Though very humid and featuring afternoon downpours, it's the best way to see how lushly beautiful this country can be.

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