The first thing you'll notice upon arrival to Costa Rica is a certain freeness and excitement in the air, which is know as Pura Vida, or Pure Life. The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica's environment is world-renowned as one of nature's most vibrant and diverse. One minute you'll be experiencing hip dining, colonial streets and hopping gay nightlife in San Jose and the next you'll find yourself hiking around a volcano and dipping in a hot spring near Arenal. We recommend you relax and go with the flow because soon enough you'll be in the cloud forests of Monteverde where you'll zip-line from tree to tree on an action-packed adventure. But don't worry, we've left plenty of free time for you when you arrive to Manuel Antonio where the beaches are vast, the monkeys plentiful and the adventures endless.