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Costa Rica tailor-made holidays


Few places boast the range of natural attractions available in Costa Rica and Costa Rica holidays guarantee you some extraordinary experiences; beach holidays in Costa Rica are centred on the Caribbean coast and the spectacular stretches of sand there whilst wildlife holidays here are popular ways of exploring the many national parks and eco-tourist destinations.

The capital San José is a great mix of traditional and Spanish architecture. Close to the city is the crater of Irazú; the surreal lunar landscape is one of Costa Rica's most stirring sights. Arenal is one of eight active volcanoes in the country; night-time eruptions are the most spectacular. The thermal springs and mud pools of Volcán Rincón de la Vieja are best explored on horseback or on foot. Trekkers should scale Cerro Chirripó, the country's highest summit.

People looking to spot wildlife should travel to Santa Rosa National Park, which has ten different habitats, or Tortuguero National Park to explore the lush rainforests, long beaches, swamps and lagoons teeming with wildlife, including nesting turtles. Parque Nacional Corcovado is considered one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, whilst Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is perfect for primates including howler monkeys and capuchins.

Costa Rica's best beach is Playa Conchal, whilst the wildest surfing is at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Offshore, in the Pacific, lie San Lucas and Isla del Coco, two attractive islands with fine beaches and plenty of history.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
11 hours

Time zone
GMT -6

Costa Rican colón (CRC) = 100 centimes


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Special offers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Classic

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,775 pp


– Save up to £100 pp
Book by: 11 July 2017

From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Coast, Costa Rica is a nature-lover's paradise, offering everything from spectacular volcanoes and beautiful beaches to humid cloud forests, fast-flowing rivers and tropical jungle.

Costa Rica & The Panama Canal

10-day stay & cruise from £4,699 pp incl. flights


Special Fly-Cruise fares

Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds, toucans, and whales! By kayak, skiff, on foot, and small ship—uncover the wonders of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal.

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Top itineraries in Costa Rica

Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica

9-day itinerary from £2,545 pp incl. flights

With coastlines bordering two of the world's great oceans - the Atlantic and Pacific - mile upon mile of untouched rainforest, towering volcanic peaks and a remarkable array of animal and bird life, its no surprise that Costa Rica draws adventurous travellers back to its shores year after year.

Costa Rica self-drive

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,510 pp incl. flights

Picture a jungle canopy alive with white-faced capuchins, howler monkeys, toucans and macaws; a forest floor where jaguars and pumas roam; a dense mangrove swamp home to caiman, crocodiles, herons and egrets; and a shimmering sea of sharks, rays, whales and dolphins. This is Costa Rica, a little sl…

Costa Rica Classic

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,775 pp


– Save up to £100 pp
Book by: 11 July 2017

From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Coast, Costa Rica is a nature-lover's paradise, offering everything from spectacular volcanoes and beautiful beaches to humid cloud forests, fast-flowing rivers and tropical jungle.

Costa Rica: Sarapiqui and the Osa Peninsula

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,305 pp incl. flights

Explore two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui in the Caribbean lowlands and the towering Arenal Volcano – certainly one of the country's most impressive sights. You'll also enjoy a stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the Osa Peninsula, home to an abundance of native flora and fauna.

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Top places to stay in Costa Rica

Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica


Hotel Punta Islita is an upmarket beach resort built along the Pacific coastline of Guanacaste, northwest of Costa Rica.

Casa Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica


The only access to Casa Corcovado Lodge is by motorboat. Your scenic one-and-a-half boat journey will depart from the small rural town of Sierpe, south-west Costa Rica, through the mangrove wetlands of Sierpe River and along the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica’s South Pacific coast.

Costa Rica - luxury hotel collection


We are excited to introduce you to Costa Rica’s Enchanting Hotels, a delightful collection of boutique and romantic hotels and lodges. Each has its own distinct style and character and all offer first-class services, designed to meet the needs of discerning travellers. All hotels are committed to t…

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Where to go in Costa Rica

Corcovado & Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula is one of the best-kept secrets in Costa Rica. Described by National Geographic as 'the most biologically intense place on earth', it's unarguably the most pristine of all Costa Rica's ecosystems.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Don't be deceived by the size of Manuel Antonio National Park. Although one of the smallest of Costa Rica's national parks, it's also rated as one of its best. The range of habitats enclosed within the park boundaries makes this the perfect place to observe both land-loving and sea -dwelling creatu…

Nicoya Peninsula

Hidden in the secluded coves of the Nicoya Peninsula you'll find some of Costa Rica's most stunning white-sand beaches. The ring of coastline around the Guanacastle lowlands reserve in the north attracts crowds of surfers and beach goers every year.

Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

This is a coastline dominated by peninsulas, with the Nicoya Peninsula to the north and Osa to the south. The sheltered bays and gulfs of this region provide welcome shelter for some of the Pacific Ocean's more endangered nomadic creatures, amongst them whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and humpback …

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When to go to Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has just two seasons, winter (wet) and summer (dry). These seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere with summer running from December to April, this is also known as the dry season and is the perfect time to visit the beautiful beaches of the Pacific coast. In the wet season (May to November) most of the rain falls on the country's vast rainforests and the weather can disrupt transport routes to the southeast and the Osa peninsula. In most places the rainfall is intense but brief. Some activities are actually better in the rainy season (rebranded as the Green Season by Costa Ricans), for instance whitewater …

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