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Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Incredibly, Americans now have about a third more buying power in this natural wonderland than they did five years ago - a dollar equals around 500 Costa Rican colones today vs. 360 then.

You can explore beaches good for surfing, then go snorkeling in coral reef-filled bays. Don't miss the rainforests, which teem with wildlife - including rare quetzals with spectacular plumage.

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Last updated April 18 2008: 10:05 AM ET