The rich coast
We ran our string of Spanish-speaking destinations to five by joining Overseas Adventure Travel for an exploration of Costa Rica, just as spring was making its appearance. Luckily, it was also toward the end of the dry season in the tropics. So, despite the packing tips and an occasional suggestion by our guide to grab some rain gear, we didn't need it. That meant a wonderful time in country, exploring the many sites, doing a little horseback riding, and getting swathed in mud before having it washed away with "freaking cold" water at the spa.