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Go Hiking in a Rain Forest: Costa Rica
Costa Rica has it all -- vibrant rain forest; diverse wildlife; clean, white-sand beaches (bordering both the Pacific and the Atlantic); and a laid-back local culture. Fabulous all-inclusive Costa Rican beach resorts abound, but travelers seeking real adventure can head to wilderness lodges deep in the rain forest, where electricity, Internet access and room service are practically extinct. (We doubt you'll miss checking your e-mail while spotting toucans, sloths and squirrel monkeys as you relax on your porch.) The winter months mark Costa Rica's dry season; this is the best time of year to find stunning weather (and crystal-clear diving conditions) in the region.