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For years, Costa Rica was the well-kept secret of a few biologists, backpackers, and beachcombers, but that's all changed. Today, the country is a major international vacation destination. Despite this newfound popularity, Costa Rica remains a place rich in natural wonders and biodiversity but relatively young in infrastructure and luxurious beach resorts and hotels. Costa Rica is a great gateway to Central America and a good choice, when the Caribbean and Mexico have become old hat. Here, you can still find uncrowded and unpoiled beaches that stretch on for miles, small lodgings that haven't attracted hordes of tourists, jungle rivers for rafting and kayaking, spectacular scuba diving , and cloud and rain forests with ample opportunities for bird watching and hiking.

Costa Rica´s year round climate is pleasant with naturally occurring breezes cooling down most of the coastal areas. Temperatures in the highlands and the mountains are warm by day and brisk at night giving an "eternal spring" feeling. The average annual temperatures range from 31.7°C (89°F) on the coast to 16.7°C (62°F) inland. The rainy, or green, season lasts from May to December with noticeably drier days during the rest of the year.

Diving can be great any month of the year. Visibility can vary from 40 to 80 feet the same day on different dives. This is primarily due to the abundance of plankton that thrive in the tropical waters, and is the principal reason for the varied pelagic marine life that can be seen on each dive. Swarms of schooling fish, sharks, eagle, manta, and golden rays along with sightings of turtles is synonymous with Costa Rica diving.

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