Looking for a place with beautiful beaches, mountains, volcanos, rainforests and friendly people? Costa Rica, affectionately called by its locals as the “Switzerland of Central America” didn’t get this nickname because of snow. The country that came in at #1 on the Happy Planet Index, enjoys a rich variety of factors that contribute to its reputation of being Pura Vida or “Pure Life”. A favorite destination of many Hollywood celebrities and retirees, Costa Rica is only about a three-hour plane flight away from many of the US cities. If you are considering where to go during your next holiday weekend with a group of friends, with the family or for a solo adventure, Costa Rica is an excellent choice. There’s a wealth of variety of activities to fit people of all ages, tastes, and budgets. Set your eyes on Costa Rica, you’ll be back again soon for more!