World's Greatest Dream Trips
“A two-week trip around the country.” —@Malexgallegos
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve (4 Nights): Monteverde is a logical starting point, says Michael Kaye of Costa Rica Expeditions. Look for 500-plus species of orchids and the endangered, red and green resplendent quetzal. Opt for a chalet at the Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel ($$).
La Fortuna (3 Nights): Trek around the 5,479-foot Arenal Volcano, ride a zipline, and raft Class Three rapids on the Sarapiquí River. Unwind with a volcanic-mud massage at Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens ($$). Its sister hotel, the 16-villa Nayara Springs ($$$$), opens in December.
Tortuguero National Park (3 Nights): Kayak through jungle canals along the Caribbean coast. At Tortuga Lodge ($), the pool appears to blend seamlessly with the Tortuguero River.
Corcovado National Park (4 Nights): Hikers can explore this 100,000-acre wilderness, while surfers can hit the waves in the nearby Golfo Dulce. South of Corcovado, Lapa Rios ($$$$) has 16 luxe bungalows.