Yes, it's greener and happier than most anywhere else on earth, and Costa Rica is bursting with many natural sights to see. Between two coasts that boast world-class beaches like Manzanillo and legendary surf spots such as Salsa Brava, the country is home to six active volcanos, including the majestic lagoon filled crater of Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú- and 26 national parks- among which Corcovado stands out as the country's crown jewel. A good place to start is InBio Park, a family-friendly theme park not far from the capital city of San José where there's a magnificent mushroom exhibit and an insect collection that numbers in the millions. Wend your way to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and birdwatch in the wee hours, then take a nocturnal stroll for an eerie thrill. At the Jaguar Rescue Center, you can see and play with the injured or abandoned sloths and monkeys that live here before they're re-released into the nearby jungle. While many of Costa Rica's waterfalls are hidden deep in the mountains, La Paz Waterfall is easily accessible and offers even more than the exciting experience of seeing five waterfalls up close, there's also a serpentarium and a butterfly observatory.
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