Costa Rica is known for their beautiful beaches, incredible rainforests and many volcanoes. It's one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. The people were incredibly friendly and welcoming. I stayed in Playa Conchal and Playa Junquillal and spent most of my time in the beaches there. Be sure to explore all Costa Rica has to offer such as surfing, scuba diving, hiking and fishing.
Joshua Tree National Park is the land of incredible rock formations and never ending yuccas. Just a short drive from Los Angeles, Joshua Tree makes the perfect weekend road trip for any Angeleno. There is something for everyone here, especially if you're a hiker, climber, camper or photographer. Hidden Valley is a personal favorite, so be sure to spend extra time here exploring.