At the heart of Central America, you’ll find Costa Rica. The Happy Planet Index, which looks at human well-being and impact on the planet, declared it the happiest country in the world (Britain was 34th), so you know you’ll find a warm welcome here. This is a country which cares for its environment and in return their clean living lifestyle means they have some of the longest life expectancy rates in Central America. Not to be missed is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a 26,000 acre tropical forest which is home to 2,500 different plants, 100 types of mammal, 400 bird species, 120 sorts of reptile and amphibian and countless insects. 5% of the world’s biodiversity makes its home in Costa Rica, so you’re sure to see something unusual. Scientists are regular guests, but tourists make up the majority of its 70,000 visitors. For a once in a lifetime experience, visit the beaches on the Pacific Coast, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see the arrival of the sea turtles, who come ashore to hatch their eggs.