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Costa Rica - Vacation Destination

            Costa Rica is a wonderful, tropical get-a-way location perfect for people of all ages. Whether you are planning a destination wedding, honeymoon, family vacation, or just need to escape from the everyday grind, there is something here for everyone.
             Costa Rica is located in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama. It also enjoys one of the most democratic governments in Latin America while keeping true to its Spanish heritage. The most common language is Spanish and English. Its most common religious belief is catholic. Costa Rica has a population of an estimated 4.6 million people and its capital city is San Jose'. The current president is Laura Chinchilla who was elected in 2010. The country has a land mass of roughly 20,000 square miles (Info Please.com) and enjoys an average climate of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (Eggar). The currency used here is Costa Rican Colon which in accordance with the current exchange rate of one United States dollar would be the equivalent of $499.30 of the colon (Currency.me.com).
             As previously stated in the Boucher, this small region offers many adventurous outings and fun for all including lush jungles, rare wild life, tropical isles, and world renowned surfing. One of the must sees in this location is Cocos Island. This beautiful island is a diver's paradise offering and array of sea life including sharks, rays, whales, and lots of tropical fish. At the dive site in Dos Amigos Grande, divers can enjoy large underwater arches and beautiful reefs which are occupied by hammerhead sharks and mating eagle rays (Sala). Other water activities include surfing and kayaking.
             If you are more of a land lover, there is the magical Manual Antonio National Park to discover. This park is filled with lush wilderness and all kinds of wild life such as the three-toed sloth, monkeys, vividly colored tropical birds, and yes, the illusive jaguar. Plus, there are many beautiful exotic flowers to decorate the back drop of your adventure including ornamental palms, bromeliads, heliconias, orchards, and flowering gingers located in Golfo Dulce which is a protected gulf along the south west edge of Costa Rica (National Geographic's Expeditions).

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