Costa Rica

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Warm, fertile, wave-rich Central American country, bordered by Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, often called the "Switzerland of Central America" for its economic and political stability. Costa Rica's combined 510 miles of coast (380 miles facing the Pacific Ocean, 130 along the Caribbean Sea) can be divided into four main surfing areas: 1) The jungle-lined Caribbean shore, home t...

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