Skip Costa Rica For San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Lovers of the great outdoors, rainforests, and wild beaches often head to Costa Rica, but Central America's Nicaragua has gorgeous wild beauties in its own right — for a much smaller price tag.
Perfect your surfing skills at the beach, take a day trip to the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve, and go ziplining with local companies like Da' Flying Frog Adventures. After your day of adventures, you can rest your head at Pelican Eyes Piedras Y Olas Resort or the simpler $100-a-night Posada Azul. Hungry? Anywhere you go there's delicious seafood, tapas, and cerveza, and even flavorful, delicious gelato!