Home to misty rainforests, lakes, beaches and 121 volcanic formations, Costa Rica is every nature lover’s dream. Costa Ricans refer to themselves as “Ticos” (males) and “Ticas” (females). Their tiny country (slightly smaller than Lake Michigan) is one of the world’s top environmental destinations. Protected forests and natural reserves cover about 25 % of the country’s surface and it hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, despite the fact its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet’s surface. One of Costa Rica’s main attractions are its volcanos. The Poás volcano, has the second widest crater in the world. Arenal is another popular one; ranked one of the world’s top 10 most active volcanoes. But there is more to Costa Rica than volcanoes, you will find many relaxing beaches on the Caribbean seafront, and spectacular surf breaks on its Pacific Coast. No wonder Costa Rica has been a long standing destination for tourists, travelers and expats of every possible breed.