Costa Rica is approximately the size of West Virginia – about 20,000 square miles. Despite the small size, Costa Rica offers an incredible diversity of landscapes; from huge volcanoes rising from the jungle floor to sweeping white beaches, all terrain is a sight to behold. One very appealing part of Costa Rica for North American travelers is the relatively close proximity of the country and ease of access. While travel in Europe is on the decline, travel to this small Central American country is most definitely on the rise. Numerous new vacationers are being introduced to the unending beauty of this tropical paradise.