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Costa Rica

Famed for its gentle climate, beautiful beaches and unique and wonderful wildlife, Costa Rica is truly a little slice of paradise.

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the small, compact country of Costa Rica presents a wealth of attractions out of all proportion to its modest size. Its coastline features dramatic peninsulas and bays as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, while inland, various ecosystems combine to create dramatic landscapes and unique scenery.

Costa Rica's abundant wildlife is sure to delight animal-lovers. Turtles are perhaps the country's most famous attraction, with the turtle nesting season drawing many travellers to the coast every year. Other colourful species that call Costa Rica their home include monkey, coati, sloth, deer, agouti and, if you are lucky enough to spot them, puma and jaguar! Costa Rica is world famous for its bird watching, with approx. 870 species to be found amongst its various habitats, including the resplendent quetzal. There are endless possibilities for wildlife holidays in Costa Rica.

For the more adventurous traveller, there are numerous activities on offer in Costa Rica that take advantage of the country's wonderful natural wilderness, its rainforests, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls. This is a great country for enjoying a broad variety of pursuits, such as hiking, boat tours, river rafting, diving, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling and canopy tours. Let us help you plan an adventure holiday to Costa Rica.

You can choose from a wide range of accommodation in Costa Rica, including remote jungle lodges, romantic beach getaways, and the most luxurious five-star hotels and Costa Rican resorts. The cuisine is equally varied, and almost universally delicious!

Costa Rica is arguably the birthplace of ecotourism and it’s refreshing to see the whole country, including hotels, lodges and operators working together towards this common goal.

Come and explore Costa Rica, from the beautiful beaches to the highest canopies of the cloud- and rain-forests. We can design a Costa Rica holiday itinerary around your budget and interests. Contact us today to discuss your travel plans.

COSTA RICA AT A GLANCE

  • Costa Rica's dry season is from December to April, with slight regional variations.

  • Costa Rica is a compact country which makes travelling around easy; choose from self-drive, private or shared transfers and domestic flights.

  • Costa Rica has 26 National Parks and countless reserves and protected areas - the wildlife and birdlife is a prime attraction.

  • To see Green Turtles nesting, visit Tortuguero National Park from July to October. The Leatherback Turtle is visible at the Marino Las Baulas National Park from late October to mid-February.

  • Enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, diving, river rafting, canopy tours, horse riding, cycling, sport fishing and much more.

  • Costa Rica is a renowned eco-tourism destination.

Regions in Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Sea Turtles

Caribbean Coast

A fascinating Afro-Caribbean culture – the product of Jamaican, Italian and Chinese immigration – defines Costa Rica’s coastal regions with its fragrances, tropical rhythms and brilliant colours. Sights on the Caribbean Coast include the Tortuguero canals, of great scenic beauty, and an important refuge for marine turtles.

Costa Rica - Quetzal

Central Costa Rica

The city of San José is home to Juan Santamaria, Costa Rica’s primary international airport and the starting point of any tour of the country. From Juan Santamaria it is a half hour’s drive to the busy city centre, where visitors will find a great choice of hotels, restaurants, and nightlife.

Costa Rica Sloth

Northern Region

The Northern Region of Costa Rica offers a notable contrast from the Southern coast. It is known for its more temperate climate, with cloud and rain characteristic of the zone throughout the year. This generally cooler weather makes the region a pleasure to explore all year-round.

Costa Rica - Monkey

Pacific Coast

In the north-west of Costa Rica, on the Pacific Coast, is the province of Guanacaste, a sparsely populated region of great natural beauty. Guanacaste's beautiful beaches, many of which are within each easy reach of San José, offer warm waters all year long, while inland, the tropical rainforest of Manual Antonio National Park is a haven for a rich variety of wildlife, including sloth and capuchin.

Costa Rica - Ginger

Southern Pacific

Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific is a region of varied landscapes, with lagoons, mangroves, dense rainforests, lowland cloud forests, and 46kms of sandy coastline. The zone is rich in flora and fauna, and its environment serves as a refuge to animals in danger of extinction such as the tapir, panther, and scarlet macaw.

Example itineraries in Costa Rica

Wildlife and Birdlife of Costa Rica

Experience Costa Rica's stunning biodiversity in this 13-day itinerary. Your Costa Rica holiday begins in the capital of San José, from where you will visit the labyrinthine network of rivers and canals that makes up Tortuguero, the birders' paradise of Turrialba, and the stunning Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. The emphasis throughout is on the wildlife, particularly Costa Rica's famed birdlife.

Costa Rica Family Adventure

This 13-day Costa Rica holiday itinerary takes in the best that the country has to offer, including the capital of San José, the Tortuguero Canals, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde and Selvatura Park. You'll enjoy a wide range of activities, from nature walks, river boat trips and birding safaris, to a number of adventure activities suitable for older children. Your Costa Rica holiday ends with an extended beach break at Punta Islita.

Complete Costa Rica

Complete Costa Rica is a full overview of this fascinating country. Starting in San Jose, the two week tour takes in the best of Costa Rica's natural heritage, including the Osa Peninsula, Tortuguero canals, Poas Volcano, and more.

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