Known world-wide for its eco-tourism efforts, stunning natural beauty from the rain forest to the beaches, and an extensive amount of wildlife species that live in the varying habitats, Costa Rica is a top-notch destination. Many visitors favor Costa Rica for its seemingly laid-back culture and to enjoy the lifestyle known as "pura vida" that most locals adopt, which means pure life. Although the country may be somewhat small in size, it offers a great variety of places to explore, animals to discover, and clean beaches to enjoy the sun and surf.
U.S. travelers: Valid passport needed for entry
Official language: Spanish (English is widely spoken)
Official currency: Costa Rican colón (American dollars are widely accepted)
Climate: Average high temperatures of 80-90° F and average low temperatures of 65-75° F