Wild On Costa Rica

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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As you look at vacations in the topics you suddenly realize why so many are wild on Costa Rica. Barely the size of West Virginia but with as much coastline as California, this jewel of Central America is bisected by volcanic mountains down its center. These are flanked by rainforests, cut by rivers, and all home to an amazing number of eco-systems.

Who's Wild on Costa Rica?

Breathtaking in its biodiversity, the country is a naturalist's delight. Birdwatchers are especially wild on Costa Rica. It is home to about 850 species of birds, more than all of North America. Among these are the scarlet macaw, blue-gray tanagers, great kiskadees, and crimson-fronted parakeets. Most renowned is the quetzal, a resplendent bird that lives in the cloud forests of Monteverde and in the central volcanic mountains.

Just as wild on Costa Rica, however, are the surfers who flock to both the Caribbean and the Pacific coasts. They leave their wetsuits behind because the water is warm year round. Wave swells peak between April and September for Caribbean surfers. The season on the Pacific lasts all year. Scuba divers also flock to Costa Rica, whether for the great reef in the Caribbean or the cup coral of the Pacific northwest.

Golfers have caught the same bug as everyone else, and for just as much reason. About 25 years ago the Fazios designed a course near the capital, San Jose. Since then the word has gotten out. A Trent Jones course has gone up in the northwest, near Tamarindo. Fairways and greens are flanked by mountain ranges, rain forest, and ocean breezes, and monitored by macaws and howler monkeys.

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