In November 2017, National Geographic magazine named Costa Rica (CR) as the happiest country in the world. The article included this summary: “Costa Ricans enjoy the pleasure of living daily life to the fullest in a place that mitigates stress and maximizes joy”. Especially compared to its volatile neighbors it’s an exceptionally stable and peaceful country and is one of the world’s top destinations for nature and ecotourism.
Costa Rica is generally regarded to be one of the less crime-ridden and more politically stable countries in Latin America. Still, travellers should exercise caution.
There are two seasons. The “summer” or dry season is December to April, and “winter” or rainy season is May to November.
Costa Rica Travel Guide | nationalgeographic.com
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*South Pacific. One of the most bio-diverse environments on the planet, full of exotic endemic flora and fauna, and some of the planet’s most beautiful and remote tropical beaches.
There is a wide variety of exciting rafting trips offered. For many years, the rafting Mecca of CR was *Turrialba (map), a large town embedded in the mountains near the Reventazon and Pacuare Rivers.
Here is a quick list of the country’s biggest and most popular beach destinations: *Manuel Antonio (map) — one of the best known destinations in Central America, its main feature is a beautiful and tiny National Park. *Jacó (map) — the “city of surf”, holds national and international tournaments and it is conveniently located with beautiful wildlife spots such as Carara National Park.