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Costa Rica - Active travellers can surf, hike, snorkel and spot wildlife for starters. The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise the cloud forest one day, visit an active volcano the next, and finish relaxing on a hot sandy beach. Adrenaline junkies have a myriad ways to make mothers worry – among them zipping through canopy lines hundreds of meters long and riding the rough surf of the Pacific. Choice and variety name the game.
I have this recurring dream where I'm standing on a cliff overlooking a beach, and a wave so huge it shouldn't be real - like hundreds of feet tall, the whole ocean just a wall of blue and white - comes rolling up all slow and everything's very quiet. The people on the beach can't see it; they die. It comes up and just melts against the cliff where I'm standing, and I step out onto it into something like light, and then I wake up, and I have this strange ennui and ache all day after.