Cruise West is the first expedition company to offer an itinerary that includes Cocos Island, one of the world’s most spectacular nature reserves. Previously the venue of only dedicated dive boats, Cruise West will offer departures aboard the 100-guest Pacific Explorer from the Los Suenos Marina, starting Jan. 24. Costs start at $2,799 pp dbl. Call (888) 851-8133 or visit cruisewest.com.
Capital city: San Jose
International airports: Juan Santamaria (San Jose); Liberia International (Guanacaste)
Nonstop air service from the U.S.: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Lacsa, Martinair, Spirit Airlines, Taca, US Airways
Domestic airlines: Nature Air, Sansa
Entry requirements: Valid U.S. passport
International departure tax: $26
Tourist information: Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT), (866) COSTARICA