Monkey Around on a Costa Rican Beach

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Monkey Around on a Costa Rican Beach

Monkey Around on a Costa Rican Beach

It's not often that you'll wear your bathing suit on your hike and plan to jump into the Caribbean waters after -- or during -- your route. So when you find the chance, take the plunge.

Costa Rica's Cahuita National Park features a 4.4-mile coastal walking trail from which you're likely to see white-faced and howler monkeys, along with colorful land crabs, sloths, lizards and iguanas. The trails are flat and well maintained, curling through a lowland forest. Much of the trail is within 100 yards of the beach, so you can duck off the trail for a quick dip as the urge strikes.

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