Travelers who want to experience one of Costa Rica's outlying islands can take a 15-minute boat ride from Puntarenas to Isla Chira, a 78-square-kilometer (30-square-mile) isle with an intact tropical dry forest. Biking, riding horses and sunning on one of the beaches are among the activities that can be enjoyed here. Visiting the island's nature sanctuary is also a popular option.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
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