Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central
America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches
both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the country is surprisingly
accessible - one can travel from coast to coast in just
three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).
The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety
of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black
sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities
such as sport fishing, snorkeling, and sun bathing. The
Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centers and its beaches
are very popular for surfing, for example Esterillos, Jaco,
Hermosa, Boca Barranca. In the Golfito region, near the
Marino Ballena National Park, surfing fans can find the
famous "long lefthander wave."