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Costa Rica

From its mountain ranges and rainforests to active volcanoes and cloud forests to the simply breathtaking beaches, Costa Rica's diverse landscapes allow you to take a vacation that is restorative, adventure-packed or a combination of both. Add the ease of travel around the country and nice-all-year temps and you have an ideal escape.

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When you visit Costa Rica, you'll hear the phrase 'Pura Vida' used as a greeting or expression of joy. Meaning "pure life," this saying echos the lifestyle locals strive for: living to the fullest and nurturing the mind, body and soul. Head to San José, the cultural capital, to find Pura Vida in the incredible food, art and energy.

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With about 6% of the world's biodiversity, this small country is over-represented when it comes to living creatures (both plant and animal). The best place to encounter this abundance is at one of the 28 national parks where you could see monkeys, sloths, 900 different bird species and so much more.

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Home to one of the world's five designated Blue Zones (a high number of residents live past 100 years old), Costa Rica has a cultural focus on wellness. Between the two coasts, you'll find yoga retreats in the heart of the rainforest, geothermal hot springs, spas that use local natural ingredients and healthy, delicious foods.

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Thanks to the diverse landscape that includes mountains, rivers, rainforests and two coasts, Costa Rica is a thrill-seeker's dream. Here you can zip line through the jungle; rappel from mountains; tube, kayak or raft in rivers; scuba dive or snorkel in the ocean; or surf, paraglide or parasail above it.

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