The Ultimate (Affordable!) Tropical Vacation
No matter what your "vacation personality" is, Costa Rica has something just for you: Relax, go green, see the bucket-list sights, eat, or try some exciting (but easy and safe) adventures—like zip-lining over a cloud forest!
You haven't really surfed, ridden a horse, or floated down a river until you've done it Central American style—which, quite honestly, should be reserved for adrenaline junkies only. The legendary Witch's Rock surf spot, featured in the film Endless Summer II, is a bit gnarly for novices, but the Witch's Rock Surf Camp provides lessons on the sand and, if you're so inclined, will get you up and hanging ten in no time (witchsrocksurfcamp.com, 011/506-2653-1262). Northeast of the beaches, in Guanacaste, the Hacienda Guachipelin adventure tour company leads horseback rides that plow across creeks and up and down forest trails, culminating at Victoria Waterfall, where you'll switch to rafts for floating the rough rapids of the Rio Negro—a far cry from the leisurely pace of your run-of-the-mill water park (guachipelin.com, 011/506-2666-8075).