Not only is flying to Costa Rica relatively inexpensive, with flights as low as $300 from New York City, once you’re there, your dollar really goes a long way. In fact, it’s easy to get by on only about $40 per day, including meals, entertainment and accommodation. Compared to Disneyland, that’s a real steal. Outside of Africa, it’s one of the best places for close up encounters with wildlife, with its lush jungles filled with four types of monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, countless lizard species, poison-dart frogs and an incredible variety of exotic birds and butterflies. In some places rare, exotic birds are frequently spotted right alongside of the road. Tapirs, coatimundis and anteaters scurry by regularly in some national parks, and both coasts are famous for nesting turtles as well as visits from migrating whales and leaping dolphins, with pods number in the thousands. Of course, outdoor adventures are popular too, particularly surfing, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, hiking and zip-lining.