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"When I came to Costa Rica 17 years ago, I only knew two words in Spanish - Taco Bell. Now I figure I'm 40% fluent." - American retiree who was probably 10% fluent
 

highlights
Seeing a sloth and a red-eyed tree frog in the Gandoca Manzanillo National Park, Watching a hawsbill turtle laying eggs in Tortuguero National Park, Beautiful beaches along the Carribean coast from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo

lows
Scott had his new hiking shoes stolen, San Jose, Overun with American tourists, Terrible roads with crater like pot-holes, Adding eco to hotel and tour company names when there is very little "eco" about these operations

head scratchers
Crazy about canopy tours?, Pura Vida everything

 

 

population (mn)

3.8 million
capital San Jose
languages Spanish
religion Catholic
currency Colon
US$1 = 487 Colons

  Click on the thumbnail shots below to see larger photos with descriptions.  
ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 3
culture: 3
fun: 5
transport: 3
nature: 5
food: 3

 

 
total score: 22/30

 

average cost per day
US $100 per day (for two) - good tourist infrastructure and large flow of American tourists meant higher costs for everything

 

 

 

 
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