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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!

  1. Ziplining in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest

    (Whitney Tressel)
  2. Palm trees along the southern beach, Playa Samara, Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)
  3. Watching the sunset on Playa Flamingo, a beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)
  4. One of Tamarindo's stellar surf instructors, from Witch's Rock Surf Camp

    (Whitney Tressel)
  5. Horseback riding in Santa Elena, Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)
  6. The Witch's Rock Surf Camp restaurant in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)
  7. Milking cows for breakfast milk at University of Georgia Costa Rica's lecheria

    (Whitney Tressel)
  8. Taking a walk along Playa Grande, north of Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)
  9. Surfers heading into the waves on Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)
  10. Tubing down the wild rapids of Rio Negro

    (Whitney Tressel)
  11. Learning how to make an authentic empanada with a local Costa Rican family

    (Whitney Tressel)
  12. A panorama of Tamarindo's mountains and watersports

    (Whitney Tressel)
  13. The freshwater swimming pool of Entre Dos Aguas, our choice treehouse lodging

    (Whitney Tressel)
  14. Trying a taste of the manually squeezed sugarcane juice at La Finca Bella in Costa Rica

    (Whitney Tressel)

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