Eco-travel hot spot Costa Rica: Wildlife, jungle vistas and dreamy shores

A boat zips through the canals in Tortuguero National Park. PHOTO: COSTA RICA TOURISM BOARD
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COSTA RICA - Stumbling down a pitch-dark beach in Costa Rica, the only thing stopping me from tripping and falling on my face is the dim red flashlight wielded, stingily, by my tour guide.

I and half a dozen other tourists have spontaneously formed an awkward conga line behind him, clutching at one another as we blindly follow him into the night.

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