costa rica - 2004
One of the most lush and luscious countries you'll ever visit, Costa Rica will wrap you in a soft, comforting embrace from the time you arrive.
Even with a large and growing tourist industry the country almost worships its environment, and natives posses a respect for the natural beauty of the country which is rare in the third world.
Having taken a social path very different from it neighbors in Central America, Costa Rica has reaped the benefits of political and social tranquility almost unknown in the region.
This is not to say that it doesn't have its own share of problems, but I have little doubt that they are up to the task of addressing them.