Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge

Not content to rest on their green throne, the owners of the 13-year-old Pacuare Lodge built a new 6,450-square-foot, open-air main lodge last summer. Hidden in 25,000 acres of rainforest next...

Fly the Eco Skies

BREAKFAST IN BOLIVIA, dinner in Manhattan—such is the velocity of airplane travel. Ask climatologists and they'll tell you that this small-world phenomenon comes with a hefty price tag in...

The Wanderlist

COSTA RICA (2006 Winner) Cross-Country Traverse Price: $2,790 Difficulty: Challenging Here's how to get off the tourist track in Costa Rica: Try...

Fly Me to the Surf

Every surfer worth his wax dreams of Costa Rica's tropical beaches, sun-glinted waves, and minimal crowds. But if the surf drops off at your favorite break—Tamarindo, for instance—you...

Animal Magnetism

COSTA RICA DOLPHIN DAYS Live your marine-biologist pipe dream as you search for bottlenose, spotted, and spinner dolphins in Drake Bay. This enclave on the Osa Peninsula boasts...

A Wild New Ride

WHITEWATER FANATICS CAN ADD a new destination river to their lust list: the Upper Savegre, in perennially popular Costa Rica. Paddlers seeking big spills and spectacular scenery can leave the...

Worldwide Wild

Dominican Republic Coast-to-Coast Mountain Biking [2004 Winner] The Dominican Republic's mountainous interior and long stretches of unimproved roads make...

Surfing Lite

So you want to learn to surf. You want to experience the good-vibrations, enlightened-oneness-with-Mother-Ocean thing, but you've outgrown the sleep-under-the-pier, suffer-for-your-wisdom...

The Sporty 40

13. Trek An Almost-Impossible Trek Parque Nacional El Imposible, El Salvador Southwestern El Salvador's Parque Nacional El Imposible takes its name from the days when...

The Sporty 40

17. Forest Plump Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica Thank some conscientious-objector Quakers from Alabama, fleeing the draft in 1951, and a group of scientists...

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $694 4. Spring-Ski Whistler, BRITISH COLUMBIA THE DEAL: Crash for five nights in a cushy queen-size bed next to a glowing fireplace at the three-star...

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