Costa Rica is one of the few places, other than the U.S., that I could actually picture taking up residency. Sure, it’s got some rough areas, but what country doesn’t? After several visits, it still seems as if the positives far outweigh the negatives, the biggest negative being the large number of extremely poisonous snakes (a particular phobia of mine). The country is endowed with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse environments, wonderful people, and great coffee. From active volcanoes, to lush mountains, to stunning beaches, it’s got something for everyone, and will always hold a special place in my heart.