If you're like me you like to be a step ahead of the pack when it comes to travel destinations. There's no cooler feeling that saying "oh I was there in 1999" when all of the travel magazines are suddenly touting the latest hot-spot.
Enter Costa Rica. This beautiful country in Central America has been off the travel world's radar for years simply because it had the misfortune of being a neighbor to some countries that the United States had issues with like (i.e. Nicaragua).
Well I am happy to say Costa Rica has managed to become a darling of the travel industry in recently years! And why not? The weather is great (except for monsoon season), the people couldn't be lovelier, and the dollar currently goes a long way (I was able to have an excellent 3 course meal, plus wine, or beer for less than $10, Amercian).
My trip there was amazing. I have visited each coast, but personally find the west coast to be more enchanting (and less populated). I recommend Punta Leona. The food is wonderful- especially the local exotic fruit. My not-to-miss list continues below.
If you go:
Try the local fruit (starfruit my favorite. Mui yummy! Ate it every day)
Visit the volcano area Arenal and enjoy the hotsprings that surround it
If you are a meat eater- try a steak. I had the best steak of my life there.
Have an adventure (mine was "canopying" over the forest)
Feed the gigantic crocodiles that live in the rivers along the highway (if you dare!)