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PHOTOS: The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation

Costa Rica has something for every "vacation personality," from beaches to rain forests, amazing restaurants, mountains, and, of course, the world's finest zip-lining!

By Whitney Tressel, Thursday, Dec 19, 2013, 11:00 PM

Source Article: PHOTOS: The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation

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Ziplining in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Palm trees along the southern beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica

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Watching the sunset on Playa Flamingo, a beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

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One of Tamarindo's stellar surf instructors, from Witch's Rock Surf Camp

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Horseback riding in Santa Elena, Costa Rica

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The Witch's Rock Surf Camp restaurant in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Milking cows for breakfast milk at University of Georgia Costa Rica's lecheria

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Taking a walk along Playa Grande, north of Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Surfers heading into the waves on Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

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Tubing down the wild rapids of Rio Negro

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Learning how to make an authentic empanada with a local Costa Rican family

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A panorama of Tamarindo's mountains and watersports

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The freshwater swimming pool of Entre Dos Aguas, our choice treehouse lodging

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Trying a taste of the manually squeezed sugarcane juice at La Finca Bella in Costa Rica

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