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When it comes to North Americans, Costa Rica already tops the lists of many travelers. Its close proximity to Canada and the United States make it one of the most highly desired destinations by many. In 2014, Americans, Nicaraguans, and Canadians made up over 60% of Costa Rican visitors. The rest were represented by travelers from neighbouring Central American countries and just a few thousands from other parts of the world.

The number of visitors to Costa Rica is growing year on year, but there are still so many that have never considered Costa Rica as a destination of their choice. Are you one of them?

Having recently visited Costa Rica I discovered the uniqueness, diversity, and beauty of this country for myself and am now on a mission to convince more travelers all over the world to follow my footsteps in exploring this incredible country. I’ve written about so many reasons to visit Costa Rica, but today I want to do a bit less talking and a LOT more showing. Here is my recap of Costa Rica in photos…

Costa Rican Sunsets

Sunset in Playa Tamarindo. Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Sunset in Playa Tamarindo. Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Sunset in Playa Tamarindo. Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Sunset in Playa Tamarindo. Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Sunset in Playa Tamarindo. Guanacaste. Costa Rica

Sunset in Playa Tamarindo. Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rican Beaches

Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa

Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa

Playa Lagartillo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Playa Lagartillo, Guanacaste

Playa Lagartillo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Playa Lagartillo, Guanacaste

Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste

Playa Tamarindo, Guancaste, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo, Guancaste

Playa Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Playa Brasilito, Guanacaste

Costa Rican Nature

Costa Rica's national flowers growing on a tree. Monteverde. Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s national flowers growing on a tree

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Tiniest orchid found in Costa Rica. Monteverde, Costa Rica

Tiniest orchid found in Costa Rica

Boardwalk through the mangroves in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica

Boardwalk through the mangroves in Playa Avellanas, Costa Rica

Cascade at the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Costa Rica

Cascade at the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Related Posts: 7+ Reasons to Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica

Costa Rican Animals

Costa Rican Animals: Mantled Howler Monkey

Mantled Howler Monkey, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Animals: White Headed Capuchin Monkey,

White Headed Capuchin Monkey, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Animals: Toucan

Toucan at the Las Pumas Rescue Center near Liberia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Animals: Ocelot

Ocelot at the Las Pumas Rescue Center near Liberia, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Animals: Two-toed sloth

Two-toed sloth hanging in a tree near Santa Elena town in Monteverde Cloud Forest Region, Costa Rica

Related Posts: Unique and Exotic Costa Rica Animals

Costa Rican Entertainment

One of the more entertaining and less aggressive bulls. He's still young so his horns can't really harm anyone

Want to ride this guy? How about just run around in front of him?

The bull and the matador.

The bull and the matador at the Costa Rican Fiesta

Caballeros (cowboys) are out on the field getting ready to lasoo the bull.

Caballeros (cowboys) are out on the field getting ready to lasso the bull at the Costa Rican fiesta

Dance floor at Paraiso Fiesta, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Discotheque at the Costa Rican Fiesta

Related Posts: A Dangerous Encounter at the Costa Rican Fiesta

Costa Rican Food

Costa Rica food: Ceviche

Costa Rican Ceviche

Costa Rican Food: Costa Rican Casado at a local restaurant

Costa Rican Casado at a local restaurant

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Costa Rican Food: Plate of chicharrones served with salad and salsa.

Plate of chicharrones served with salad and salsa

Related Posts: 7 Must Try Costa Rican Foods and Cultural Close-Up: Succulent Pig Roast in Costa Rica

But my favourite part about Costa Rica is their Pura Vida outlook. The term Pura Vida is an expression of happiness and optimism, a belief that no matter what seemingly bad situation you might be in, there are many others out there who are even worse off. It’s an expression of hope, of better things to come, and of the laid back lifestyle that Costa Rica is known for.

Even the trees are smiling in Costa Rica

Even the trees are smiling in Costa Rica

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