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COSTA RICA

GREEN GETAWAYS FROM COAST TO ‘RICH COAST’

Ecotourism's origins may be hard to pinpoint, but there's little disputing that Costa Rica - a diverse land teeming with natural wonders - has become one of the world's most sought-after green destinations.

How serious are Costa Rican authorities about doing right by the environment? Almost one-fourth of Costa Rica is protected, and much of the protected areas serve as national park land where visitors can explore the rainforests, volcanoes, rivers and beaches firsthand. Costa Rica also plans to become the first country to go carbon neutral, a goal expected to be accomplished as early as 2021.

But whether your idea of "going green" includes recycling your daily paper, riding a bike to work, or wearing your favorite St. Patrick's Day shirt, you'll find plenty to see and do here. Adventurers may choose to grab a paddle and raft Class IV river rapids; surf, scuba or fish in the Pacific; explore a rumbling, lava spewing volcano; interact with some amazing wildlife (sea turtles, capuchin monkeys, basilisk lizards, butterflies); or zip-line through a rainforest canopy.

Others may find peace in more tranquil pursuits, such as sunning on a secluded beach; touring a coffee plantation; taking a nature walk; shopping for a bargain in the city; or visiting a one-of-a-kind mosaic church.

In Costa Rica, there are countless ways to live out your holiday fantasies - without worrying how big of a carbon footprint you've left behind.

All information is provided as a guide only. You must make your own enquiries with local tourist offices and other agencies. Top Resorts and Top Things To Do are suggestions only and do not reflect any specific agenda. Distances are approximate.

Reserva Conchal Vacation Club
GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA, COSTA RICA
Taranova - Villas Palmas
SAN JOSE LA URUCA, COSTA RICA
Jaco Bay Cond. Htl. - 4 Nts
PROVINCIA PUNTA ARENAS, CR, COSTA RICA
Ecoplaya Beach Resort
GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA
Jaco Bay Cond. Htl. - 5 Nts
PROVINCIA PUNTA ARENAS, CR, COSTA RICA