For decades, Costa Rica was a forgotter backwater, a country so laconic it couldn’t be bothered having an army, even though it was sandwiched between war-torn Nicaragua and Canal-plagued Panama. Then North American retirees discovered its charms and its poco a poco (‘little by little’)life style, and Costa Rica became hot property. With its luxuriant rainforests, pristine white beaches, diverse wildlife, to-die-for coffee, relaxed hospitality and full-on eco-tourist trade, Costa Rica is definitely one of the destinations de jour.
Best Time To Visit
December to April (the dry season)
Soaring across the jungle canopy on a flying fox Monteverde Taking time out to sit and ponder the majestic rainforest at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Making a nocturnal visit to Arenal volcano, followed by a soak in a hot spa Learning to surf at Witch’s Rock lgnoring the bus and doing the Fortuna to Saint Elena route by jeep and horseback
In a word
Pura vida (literally ‘pure life’, a national expression that sums up the desire to live the best and most pure pure existence)
Dripping rainforests; toucans and macaws; erupting volcanoes; La Negrita (or the Black Madonna); dead-keen soccer fans; foaming waterfalls; the aroma of coffee