Although I visited almost 10 years ago, it remains one of my favorite vacations of all time. There aren't many places where can you watch a volcano erupt outside your cabin, observe monkeys & SLOTHS on your walk to pristine beaches, sip Imperial with friendly Ticos, zipline through the jungle treetops, stumble upon a jungle rave after dining in a historical airplane, hike a cloud forest and (in my case) finally meet amazing family members in person. Costa Rica is truly special.
The Ticos have a saying - Pura Vida - which literally means pure life but really means full of life or this is living!. People often use it when greeting each other or saying goodbye (kind of like the way the British say cheers). These two words perfectly sum up Costa Rica and it's easy to adopt this philosophy when you visit. Check out Beyond Voyage's Costa Rica review for more information. Pura Vida!