Trip Tracker

The Central American country of Costa Rica, just south of Nicaragua, boasts dual coasts: the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Whether you're looking for jungle adventures or lazy days in the sun, Costa Rica's tropical beaches and rain forests offer family vacations or a romantic honeymoon you won't soon forget.

The official web site of the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism with information on where to stay and what to do during your vacation.

The site offers tours, vacations packages and shore excursions, specializing in ecotourism, the "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well- being of local people." More than 100 tours are available to choose from.

Costa Rica's Pacific and Caribbean coasts offer the world's best deep sea sportfishing. Marlin, sails, dorado, wahoo, tuna, tarpon and snook can be taken all year round.

Specializing in family, adventure and nature vacations with mountain biking, hiking, river rafting and horseback riding. Trek to volcanoes or ascend the tree canopies on steel cables and ropes.

The San Agustin Camp Group provides leaders, equipment and a base camp for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding. Check out the itineraries for day hikes and extended trips.

Trip Tracker is compiled by Joy Guest. Is there a vacation or excursion that interests you? E-mail or comment online at

"Imagine awakening to a perfect sunrise from an ocean front villa, followed by 18 holes of championship golf in the tiny tropical paradise of Costa Rica. Then re-live each day's great round, stroke-by-stroke, with a piña-colada poolside." --