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Costa Rica (meaning "rich coast") was named by Christopher Columbus in 1502 on his fourth voyage to the New World.  In many ways, the country is rich.  It is the premier eco-tourism destination in Central America with beautiful shores on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, mystical cloud forests including its most famous - Monteverde and Arenal - one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with eruptions every five to ten minutes.

Those interested in culture will not be disappointed and the capital city of San José contains a number of important landmarks, including the Banco Nacional building, Plaza de la Cultura, some cathedrals, and the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica. Wildlife lovers can go on turtle tours, see dolphins, whales, or take a canopy tour through some of the most biologically diverse forests teeming with 900 recorded species of birds, four species of monkeys and much more! From active pursuits, including trekking and top windsurfing sites to more scenic endeavors, including wildlife watching tours and botanical gardens, this country packs in a lot of punch.

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I'm heading to Costa Rica in December for a few weeks. What places are a "must-see"???
I'm going to Costa Rica for about 8 days. What should i do? I am up for absolutely anything but nothing dangerous! beach laying, hiking, jungl-ing, historical sites...where do i begin? I'll be in Arenal area to start for a wedding...would love your itineraries!
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Beautiful country! Had time to visit all of it! People are lively and friendly! Great for nature lovers! It is worth paying an extra 60 or so us dollars to have a private visit to see Arenal Volcano on foot! Avoid going in groups, you won't see much!
The food is fabulous wherever you go! And don't forget to have 25 us dollars ready when departing, you'll pay for visiting the country! But it's worthy. There are ATM's everywhere and they give cash in local currency and us dollars. In the national parks if you have a chance go for a Tirolinas Ride!! It's scary but fabulous! And once you're past the adrenalin rush, you don't want to stop!
I didn't feel any kind of animosity towards gays and lesbians, travelling with my partner. Everybody is treated equally well.
Beware of transportation! Small distances can take a long, long time to reach! Most roads destroyed by storms/rain.
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A cheap, afforadable, and last time I was there... safe place to stay in San Jose was the Costa Rica Backpackers.  They have a pool, and TV room, and of course kitchens, and hammocks outside.  It ran about $8.00 a night.
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