Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica

Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

Hospital Cima Escazú, Tower 2, Office #610 - #612

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Welcome to Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica!

About Us:

Serving Costa Rica Cosmetic Dentistry Patients
We take great pride in what we do. That’s why our Costa Rica cosmetic dentistry staff use only the most modern, proven techniques to create magnificent smiles. As dentistry evolves, every one of us at Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica continuously engages in ongoing education to further increase our knowledge about dental procedures such as dental veneers, dental crowns, dentures, dental implants and practical skills for the benefit of our patients.

We take great pride in providing the best that dentistry has to offer, by creating every personalized smile.

What we do?

Dr. Alejandro Mora and his associates offer you these incredible opportunities:

  • Take care of your dental problems and fulfill your aesthetic desires
  • Be treated with the latest technology available
  • A warm friendly environment
  • Meet the highest trained dental staff in our country
  • The chance to vacation through our beautiful Costa Rica between appointments
  • And save money in the process!

We specialize in Oral Rehabilitation and Cosmetic Dentistry, which in combination with our all specialist team, allows us to offer a large variety of dental services including laser tooth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, full porcelain crowns and bridges, comfortable dentures and TMJ disorder treatment among others.

Our goal is to provide you with a relaxed enviroment while we perform your smile makeover, and the possibility to travel and enjoy yourselves through Costa Rica 's natural wonders between appointments. Dental Cosmetics CR's main offices are strategically located in two different sites. Both locations are situated nearby from Costa Rica 's two International Airports.

Dental Cosmetics CR San Jose (CIMA Hospital)
Located in the heart of the Central Valley , just 15 minutes away from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport. Area surrounded by Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping Malls.

CIMA Hospital is designed to meet exacting requirements for patient care and surgical procedures, and offers the best facilities, infrastructure, technology, and internationally trained personnel... all fully compatible with North American standards.

These high quality services are combined in a truly state-of-the-art facility, dedicated to guarantee your safety, security and comfort. CIMA Hospital is affiliated with the Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas, Texas, and is fully integrated as one of the Center's teaching hospitals.

CIMA Hospital is a place to save money and to receive the best of medical care.  Regardless if the procedure is required or elective, CIMA has the doctors, nurses, and equipment to provide the best of care.  There are 170 qualified physicians representing over 60 specialties, a complete imaging department including open MRI, CT, Xray, ultrasound, endoscopy, a full service laboratory, and a 24 hour pharmacy.

The United States veterans have an office in the lobby. CIMA Hospital in San Jose is the only hospital in Central America that is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is a special international insurance claims department with a staff to assist Americans.

Foreigners represent more than 25% of the patients at CIMA Hospital and the percentage is growing. "Health tourism" represents about 15% of all visits to Costa Rica. Patients can now receive effective treatment in nearly any area of medicine in a manner that is more responsive than most American hospitals.  Can you afford to use American hospitals?

Dental Cosmetics CR Liberia, Guanacaste
Located in the province of Guanacaste, in Costa Rica's North pacific, just by the Golden Coast. Just 5 minutes away from Daniel Oduber Int'l Airport.

Long summer days and beautiful beaches are two phrases that best define what Guanacaste is all about. A province for the active soul, Guanacaste draws visitors with it's stunning shoreline, incredible bird watching, horseback riding, excellent surfing, superb snorkeling, and wonderful mountain lake sight seeing. With so much to do, it's easy to understand why so many people come to visit this amazing province.

Packed with Hotels, restaurants, bars, car rentals and outdoor activities, in any price range of your choice.

Costa Rica – Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica

Costa Rica is Central America’s jewel. It’s an oasis of calm among its turbulent neighbors and an ecotourism heaven, making it one of the best places to experience the tropics with minimal impact. In a relatively small area, Costa Rica has everything one could want in vacation paradise.

Getting around is easy via rental car, plane, or public bus, and the warm and friendly people make travel safe and fun.

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Dental Cosmetics CR San Jose (CIMA Hospital)
Located in the heart of the Central Valley , just 15 minutes away from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport. Area surrounded by Hotels, Restaurants, Shopping Malls.

CIMA Hospital is designed to meet exacting requirements for patient care and surgical procedures, and offers the best facilities, infrastructure, technology, and internationally trained personnel... all fully compatible with North American standards.

These high quality services are combined in a truly state-of-the-art facility, dedicated to guarantee your safety, security and comfort. CIMA Hospital is affiliated with the Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas, Texas, and is fully integrated as one of the Center's teaching hospitals.

CIMA Hospital is a place to save money and to receive the best of medical care.  Regardless if the procedure is required or elective, CIMA has the doctors, nurses, and equipment to provide the best of care.  There are 170 qualified physicians representing over 60 specialties, a complete imaging department including open MRI, CT, Xray, ultrasound, endoscopy, a full service laboratory, and a 24 hour pharmacy.

The United States veterans have an office in the lobby. CIMA Hospital in San Jose is the only hospital in Central America that is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is a special international insurance claims department with a staff to assist Americans.

Foreigners represent more than 25% of the patients at CIMA Hospital and the percentage is growing. "Health tourism" represents about 15% of all visits to Costa Rica. Patients can now receive effective treatment in nearly any area of medicine in a manner that is more responsive than most American hospitals.  Can you afford to use American hospitals?

Dental Cosmetics CR Liberia, Guanacaste
Located in the province of Guanacaste, in Costa Rica's North pacific, just by the Golden Coast. Just 5 minutes away from Daniel Oduber Int'l Airport.

Long summer days and beautiful beaches are two phrases that best define what Guanacaste is all about. A province for the active soul, Guanacaste draws visitors with it's stunning shoreline, incredible bird watching, horseback riding, excellent surfing, superb snorkeling, and wonderful mountain lake sight seeing. With so much to do, it's easy to understand why so many people come to visit this amazing province.

Packed with Hotels, restaurants, bars, car rentals and outdoor activities, in any price range of your choice.

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Treatments

We offer a wide variety of Cosmetic and restorative treatments at very affordable prices.

We specialize in Oral Rehabilitation and Cosmetic Dentistry, which in combination with our all specialist team, allows us to offer a large variety of dental services including laser tooth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, full porcelain crowns and bridges, comfortable dentures and TMJ disorder treatment among others.

Feel free to ask any questions or send any comments regarding Cosmetic Dentistry, our fees, or health tourism in Costa Rica. Our doctors will reply to you personally and as promptly as possible.

Examples of our Pricing:

 

Procedure/Service

Cost ($USD)

Comments

Tooth Whitening

$250-351

 

Bridge

$300-500

Minimum of 2 visits

Veneers

$351-401

Types: bonded vs porcelain

Crowns

$300-500

Requires 2 visits

Caps

$300-401

Types: porcelain fused to metal or full porcelain

Implants

$801-1000

1-2 visits, post op consult 5-7 days after implants

Root Canal

$220-300

1-2 visits over 1-5 days

Dentures

$500-651

2-4 visits over 12-15 days

Gum Surgery

$201-401

1-2 visits

Filling

$60-121

1visit

Sinus Lift

$1000-1701

2 visits over 3-4 days

Bone Graft

$201-500

1 visit

Inlay or Onlay

$201-250

2 visits over 4-5 days

Invisalign

$4001-5000

5-6 visits

Tooth Extraction

$60-201

1 visit

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Qualifications

We take great pride in what we do. That's why our Staff, use only the most modern, proven techniques to create magnificent smiles. As Dentistry evolves, every one of us at Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica continuously engage in ongoing education to further increase our knowledge and practical skills for the benefit of our patients. Staying current with the latest advances in dentistry, our staff is committed to understanding the needs and desires of each patient. We take great pride in providing the best that dentistry has to offer in creating every personalized smile.

Dr. Alejandro Mora Lasso
Director of Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica
Dental Surgeon / Specialist in Oral Rehabilitation and Aesthetics
MEDICAL LICENSE (According to Costa Rican Board of Dental Surgeons):   # 223102

Education
2003-2005:  Universidad de Chile
Professional Degree of Specialist in Oral Rehabilitation and Aesthetics.(Title: Prostodonthist)
1996-2001:  Universidad Latina de Costa Rica                      
Degree in Dental Surgery

Profesional Experience
Private practice in Clínica de Especialidades Dentales Drs. Truque, with exclusive dedication to Cosmetic Dentistry.
Director of Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica, including it´s three offices around the country. (San Jose, Alajuela and Liberia, Guanacaste)
Private practice in Centro Clínico San Lucas, with exclusive dedication to Cosmetic Dentistry.
Private practice in Consultorio Dental  Drs. Lasso y Mora, with exclusive dedication to Cosmetic Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation.
Private practice in Clínica Dental and Professional Whitening Center  Dra. Sonia Bedoya.
Private practice in Consultorio Dental  Drs. Lasso y Mora.

Professional Societies
Active Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Member of  La Sociedad de Implantología Oral de Chile
Member of Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Costa Rica

Languages : Spanish and English as first Languages.

 

 

Dra. Marcela Vargas SáenzSpecialist in Endodontics

 

 

Education
2001: D.D.S, Doctor in Dental Science, Latin University of Costa Rica
2004-2006: Certificate,  Postgrade in Endodontics, University of Chile  in charge of Dr. Sergio Acosta Vigoruox

Professional Experience
General Dentist (Latin University of Costa Rica). 5 years of experience as general dentist
Dentist specialist in Endodontics ((2004-2006) University of Chile
Work at dental clinics offering services as specialtist in Endodontics with the last technology in mechanized systems and thermoplastic gutta-percha
Dentist specialist in Endodontics in CIMA 
General Dentist in private clinic
Clinical Dental Dra. Vilka Lasso Pinzón: general dentist in private clinic
Clinical Day-school in the Hospital Mexico, assistant of oral and maxilofacial surgery. In the Clinic Clorito Picado, general dentistry. In the Clinic of Tibás, general dentistry
Clinic of emphasis  in root canal treatments at Latin University of Costa Rica
Integral Clinics, Latin University. Diagnosis of anomalies and oral injuries

Professional Societies
Member of Chilean Association of Endodontics
Member of American Association of Endodontics
Member of Colegio de Cirujanos dentistas de Costa Rica

Publications
Scientific study for title of Specialist in Endodontics. Dra. Marcela Vargas " Grade of distortion of the apical conduct with rotary files Hero 642, NTR Mani and Sendoline study in vitro "

Languages: Bilingual Spanish-English

 

 

Dr. Andrés Fernandez R., MsC.Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

 

 

Education
2005:  MsC  in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana ,Bogotá, Colombia
2005:  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialization
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
2001:  DDS Degree: University Latina of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
1994:  Nuestra Señora de Sion School ,San José, Costa Rica
College

Professional Experience
Oral Surgery Fellow Program Professor:  University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Oral and Maxillofacial Staff surgeon:   Mexico Hospital San Jose, Costa Rica
AO Foundation,  Davos, Swiss AO alumni for Latin America
Oral Rehabilitation Program Professor:  University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
Surgery emphasis Professor: ULACIT, San Jose, Costa Rica
Oral Surgery Department Coordinator: ULACIT, San Jose, Costa Rica
Oral and Maxillofacial Staff surgeon: CIMA Hospital, San Jose, Costa Rica
Oral and Maxillofacial Staff surgeon: Calderon Guardia Hospital, San Jose, Costa Rica
Oral and Maxillofacial Staff surgeon, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department: Calderon Guardia Hospital, San Jose, Costa Rica
Surgeon in Chief of the TMJ Disorders and Orofacial Pain Department: Calderon Guardia Hospital,      San Jose, Costa Rica
Owner of the Dental Implants and Oral Rehabilitation Clinic: DIOR Clinic, San Jose, Costa Rica
Co Director of the Clinic and President of the Dental Specialists Group: Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica,  San Jose, Costa Rica
Professor of the Oral and Maxillofacial Residency program: Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Association of Cosmetic Surgery
Asociación Colombiana de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial
Asociación Latinoamericana de Traumatología Buco Maxilo Facial
AO Foundation
Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas de Costa Rica
International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Publications
 Fernández AA. Talero A. Arthrocentesis with adherences liberation of the TMJ as a therapeutic method for the internal derangements of the TMJ. Literature review and a case presentation. JACCO, 2007
Fernández AA, Orellana JC. Mandibular Hipomobility: 3 cases report and Literature review. JACCO, 2007
Fernández AA, Vaglio G. “Orthognatic Surgery Protocol in the Calderon Guardia Hospital�. 2005 (in press Asociación Colombiana de Cirugía Maxilofacial Journal)
Fernández AA. Vega OA Trifocal bone transport for the closure of an alveolar palatine nasal and sinus fissure secondary a gun shoot in the face. A case Presentation and Literature review. JACCO, 2006
Fernández AA, Hernández ME, Vaglio G, Barrientos S, Barboza G, Zúñiga S, Bustillo J.  COX-2 determination in the healthy tongue mucosa and tongue mucosa with epidermoid cancer. 2005 (Universitas Odontológica Journal)
Fernández AA. Localization of the Substance P in dental pulp of healthy human teeth by inmunohistochemestry�. JACCO, vol 7 55-57, 2001

Languages: Fluent in both Spanish and English languages.

 

 

Dra. Siu Leng Chan ConSpecialist in Periodontics

 

 

Education
January 2005 - December 2006, University Pontificia Javeriana.  Bogota, Colombia Specialty in Periodontics
May 2004, Graduate like the Licentiate in Dentistry, Doctor in Dental Surgery, University  Latina of Costa Rica
1999 Conclusion of secondary studies, Colegio Metodista.

Professional Experience
Personal doctor's Office in the Hospital CIMA San Jose, Costa Rica. 
Dentist specialist in Periodontics in private consultations, Costa Rica. 
Clinic Corazón de Jesús.
General Dentist in private consultation for adults and children. 
Teacher of students of dentistry of VII semester, Pontificial Clinic University   Javeriana
Integral Clinics, University Latina of Costa Rica: Attention to patients in the different specialitys of  Dentistry and diagnostic of anomalies and oral wounds. 

Languages: Spanish and English as first languages

 

 

Dr. Felix Guido CastroSpecialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

 

 

Education
1995-2000:  Degree in Dentistry. Doctor in Dental Surgery: Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
University
2004-2006: Specialty in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología

Professional Experience
Dentistry Administration Social Medicine System: responsible for the Dentistry for the Buenos Aires County area. In charge of preventive and corrective Dentistry.
General Dentist: CCSS--  Buenos Aires Clinic
Private Consulting Room: Burstin Clinic, San Jose
Align Costa Rica: Global Park, Heredia
Dental Tech – Staff Dentist - Supervisor
Dental Technician duties: treating virtual cases (technology)
Staff Dentist duties: consulting and solving problems regarding Invisalign cases concerning Dental Techs.
Supervisor duties: responsible of production and discipline issues for the 400 Team.
Orthodontist: Private Consulting Room/Orthodontics,  Cima Hospital, San Jose
Align Technology Certification as an Invisalign provider.

Languages: Spanish as first language, English and French

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Testimonials

I am an American, retired and living in beautiful Costa Rica .  Over my life I have been to many dentists and have found that the dental care here in Costa Rica to be excellent.

Dr. Alejandro Mora Lasso is a fine young and excellent dentist whom I would highly recommend.  I will be 75 years old soon and my teeth look like they were 40 years ago with only a few visits.  Doctor you are Top Shelf.
Bob Waddington

 

 

On a recent visit to Costa Rica for business, I found myself with some extra time. I needed some dental work, looked up some local dentists, and came across Dr Alejandro Mora. From the very first call, his service was courteous, efficient, and very knowledgeable. He wasn't interested in just getting me in the door, and he provided timely, painless, and excellent work.

Whether in Costa Rica for business or pleasure, I highly recommend Dr Mora to anyone, young or old. You will not be disappointed. Thanks Alex.
Norman Abril
Miami, FL

 

 

After doing my research, I was recommended to visit Dr. Alejandro Mora Lasso. My teeth needed a lot of work done. Here in United States the price was between 15 to 20 thousand dollars. A friend of mine told me about this packages he puts together where you visit Costa Rica and at the same time you get your dental work done.

Never the less, I paid 7 thousand dollars that not only included airline tickets, hotel, two meals a day and trip to the Guanacaste beach, but also my teeth are in a good shape as I wanted.

I definitely recommend Dr. Mora Lasso because he is a young modern dentist, and a visit to the beautiful Costa Rica . I am planning to go back next summer. Thanks Alejandro for a wonderful experience.
Guadalupe Pinzon
Miami, Florida

 

 

It's been at least 4 years since I wanted to get my teeth whitened. The reason I didn't do it before is because I live in Canada and it is definitely more expensive here.

I went to Costa Rica to visit my family and I just happened to mention my interest in getting this procedure done. Someone suggested Dr. Alejandro Mora and I decided to give it a try.

I'm so glad I did. He is truly the best dentist I've ever had!  He is young and friendly, but at the same time very professional.  I will definitely go back to his office. Not only it was a good experience but I also got fantastic results! 

Thank you Doctor!
Mariola E.
Toronto, Canada

 

 

Hi Dr Mora,The results were great, very pleased and the cost from $700 an implant from $2200 is a huge difference. It was all done in a hospital surrounding, very clean!

The dentist spoke perfect english and also the surgeon, I've told all my friends. I'm going back sometime in November/08 for the final stage of the implants. I enjoyed the whole experience very much, I also traveled all around Costa Rica and the people are friendly and the whether is good. I had 7 implants at $700 each total of $5000.
Gordon Michael
Canada
 

Dr. Mora
Thank You very much for a job well done!!!!! I appreciate your professionalism and the quality was just phenomenal. You’re a great guy with a great personality and you made me extremely comfortable while I was there. I will try to get down there in July to get the bottom done. This time we will have to go to Cafe Mundo together. "On Me". I have gotten so many compliments on my teeth so I'm very appreciative of the work you did.
Thanks Again
Kyle L. Stone
Ohio, USA

 

 

 

Dr Fernandez and Dr. Mora,
It was my pleasure to meet you both this week. I was happy with both your facitilies and your abilities.
I made it safely to Carolina Norte, as we say en espanol.

Once again it was my pleasure to meet you and I look forward to seeing you one more time when you place the 5th implant.

Please thank "Ana" again for me as she did a nice job too!
Regards,
Clio Rowell
Little Switzerland, NC

 

'My visit with Dr. Mora and Dr. Fernandez   far surpassed my expectations . We all have fear of the pain and discomfort; however this part was very minimal.  I experienced a small throb for a couple of hours.   In 2 hours I was eating as much ice cream as I wanted and I went to the movies that evening.  I took only 1 of the 5 pain  pills I was given. My next concern was how long would I be in the chair, well it wasn't much of a concern after all, it only took about an hour  to complete the work I needed, which included 2 teeth pulled, 2 post's installed for my implants, some bone work and of course the stitches. I went home and took a nap for 2 hours and then I was up and doing pretty much all the stuff i usually do, eating hard foods took 4 days. In short it was a breeze for me with 2 Doctors who were both fun and informative. Talk to these guys you'll be glad you did.
John Sandidge
Santa Cruz, Ca.

 

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Awards

Interview of Dr. Alejandro Mora Lasso, the director of Dental Cosmetics Costa Rica, discussing future of dental tourism in Costa Rica with Mr. Paul van Staalen from The Miami Herald.

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Destination

What are you waiting for?

Costa Rica is Central America’s jewel. It's an oasis of calm among its turbulent neighbors and an ecotourism heaven, making it one of the best places to experience the tropics with minimal impact. In a relatively small area, Costa Rica has everything one could want in vacation paradise. There are secluded white sand beaches with great surf and amazing scuba diving. There are active volcanoes and towering rain forests. And, eco-tourism is a specialty of the house.

Beautiful Sandy Beaches
Costa Rica is mostly coastline, which means great surfing, beaches galore and a climate built for laziness.

Being at almost the narrowest point of the isthmus of Central America , the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Seas are mere hours apart by car. Costa Rica has beaches for everyone.

Both coasts have beautiful, warm beaches, but the Pacific side is much larger, and has a strong dry season. Actually we are known for "Forever Springtime Weather and Nothing Artificial."
The beaches are ideal for swimming, skin diving, fishing, and surfing.

Active Volcanoes
In Costa Rica there are 112 volcanic formations. They belong to so called Pacific Rim of Fire.

Seven of them are considered as active ones. Their activity is connected with fertile soils, which cover the majority of Costa Rica territory.

The highest Costa Rica’s volcano is Irazu, the most active is Arenal, and Poas has the second widest crater in the world. (Diameter 1,5 kilometers).

In 1950`s, the terrains around each Costa Rican volcanoes were decided to be under protection. Many of them are within the national parks.

The most serious eruption was that of Irazu volcano in 1963. It erupted with clouds of smoke and ash that kept showering over San Jose and other parts for two years.

Tree Top Canopy Tours
The Canopy Tour started in Costa Rica and now we export this technology around the world.

The Tour offers everyone an exhilarating opportunity to soar through the rain forest high above the forest floor.

There you will view jungle life from a perspective previously reserved for a select group of researchers and photographers.

Tropical Rainforest Tours
In Costa Rica's rain forest are found more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species (over 5000 species of moths) and 2,500 species of plants  (420 kinds of orchids). The area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics.

Fishing
Costa Rica is home to some of the best sport fishing and deep sea fishing in the world, with over 79 world records to its credit. Be prepared to catch Yellow Fin Tuna, Black Fin Tuna, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin, Grouper, Snapper, Roosterfish, Snook, dorado and more!
On the Pacific side , fish the tropical waters of Flamingo, Tamarindo, Tambor, Quepos, the Gulfo Dulc and Osa Peninsula.

On the Atlantic - Caribbean side, you'll find Tarpon and Snook, barracuda, kingfish, spanish mackarel, jack, grouper, snapper and others. The canals and rivers of the northern Caribbean coast are lined with lush rain forest, which adds to the natural experience. Here you will find some of the best snook and tarpon fishing in the world. Most of the sportfishing services in Costa Rica believe in the catch and release program for Marlin and Sailfish.

Snorkeling and Diving
Little discovered, and still uncrowded, scuba divers travel here from all parts of the world to see thousands of hammerhead sharks and enormous schools of innumerable fish in our tropical, plankton rich water. Just as terrestrial Costa Rica is home to an incredibly wide diversity of animal and plant species, the waters offshore also teem with marine life.

You can dive in calm transparent waters on the Caribbean coast or opt for the wilder and more spectacular Pacific side. Whatever option you choose you will encounter a lot more fish and a lot fewer divers than you are accustomed to in most Caribbean tourist destinations.

Surfing
With 755 miles of coastline on two oceans, Costa Rica has more breaks than you can even imagine. The country's selection of surf spots range from idyllic beach breaks to coral platforms where the water leaps up and tubes like a miniature Pipeline.

Having coastline on two oceans is quite an advantage, since when one ocean is flat, there is usually something breaking on the other side of the country. Often enough, there is good surf pumping on both coasts, with uncrowded breaks.

And the country's surf is complemented by its comfortable water temperatures (you can leave that wet suit at home), beautiful scenery, and the convenience of a variety of accommodations and restaurants near most breaks.

Since it is five times longer than the Caribbean coast, the Pacific has considerably more surfing spots. Many of the country's best breaks are found in the northwest province of Guanacaste , but there are also some excellent spots in the Central Pacific and Southern Zones. And the few breaks that are available in the Caribbean province of Limon are certainly nothing to complain about.

Bird-watching
Fortunately, Costa Rica's birds are not shy. Seeing them is relatively easy. Depending on season, location, and luck, you can expect to see many dozens of species on any one day. Many tour companies offer guided bird-study tours, and the country is well set up with mountain and jungle lodges which specialize in bird watching programs.

White water rafting
Costa Rica’s mountainous topography and copious rainfall are together responsible for one of the best white water river selections in the world. About half a dozen rambunctious rivers are regularly run by experienced rafting outfitters, and those river trips not only provide plenty of excitement, they also pass some gorgeous scenery. Not only do white water enthusiasts flock Costa Rica, but every year tens of thousands of visitors experience the thrill of rafting for the first time there.

Costa Rica is the perfect place for a first white water rafting experience, since it has several rivers that offer a combination of reasonable rapids and beautiful floats. There are even rivers that are great for family excursions and bird watching, since they lack big rapids and flow through forests full of birds and other animals. In fact almost all river trips offer chances to see a bit of the country's wildlife, such as iguanas, blue morpho butterflies, parrots, otters, king fishers and herons.

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