08/15/2011 11:58 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2011

Destin-Nation Costa Rica: Hitting the Beach in Central America (PHOTOS)

With coasts on both the Pacific and Caribbean, the Central American country of Costa Rica is home to more than 750 miles of shoreline. To the traveler, that translates into no shortage of gorgeous beaches, most backed by lush green tropical forests. Whether it's relaxing seclusion or seaside parties, Costa Rica has a beach for any travel type.

What's awesome about vacationing in Costa Rica is the affordability of lodging. Of course the luxury resorts are there if that's desired, but smaller, mom and pop run hotels offer prices that would be unheard of stateside. Rates are broken down by season, and visiting during the "green" season will promise the best prices. Christmas, New Year's and Easter...not so much. Just be prepared to spend a few extra dollars on air conditioning in some places.

In terms of transportation throughout the country, commuter planes are probably the best bet. Rental cars are an option, as are buses. But those options can unnecessarily waste hours, especially if coming from San Jose in the center of the country. Regional carriers like Sansa and Nature Air (the world's first carbon neutral airline) can get travelers on the beach quickly.

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Costa Rican Beaches