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Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Visit 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 whales.

This concentration of wildlife isn't limited to sheltered bays and reefs; the inland forests are as biologically diverse as anywhere in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park are key stops on any itinerary, while the quieter Carara Biological Reserve is a perfect place to spot scarlet macaws resting among the mangroves, whilst peccaries and coatis forage through the undergrowth.

Good transportation links and a well-established tourism infrastructure make the North Pacific a popular beach holiday destination, but those who venture off-the-beaten-track and head to the south will discover a more intimate and enticing side of Costa Rica.

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Luxury Costa Rica

12-day tailor-made journey from £3,540 pp incl. flights


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Costa Rica, Latin America’s eco-tourism hotspot, offers plenty of opportunity to surround yourself with nature with an abundance of incredible wildlife and some truly breathtaking landscapes from towering volcanoes and dense rainforest to some of the continents finest beaches.

Top itineraries in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica

10-day itinerary from £2,395 pp incl. flights

Take in the best of Costa Rica's beaches, birdlife and wildlife-viewing hotspots as you travel to the beautiful Turrialba Valley and on to San Gerardo de Dota – one of the world's great bird-watching destinations – ending with the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Costa Rica Classic

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,910 pp incl. flights

Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.

Costa Rica: Sarapiqui and the Osa Peninsula

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,535 pp incl. flights

Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.

Costa Rica Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,810 pp incl. flights

Travel passed farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.

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Top places to stay in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Parador Resort & Spa

Contemporary hotel

In an exceptional location on the doorstep of Manuel Antonio Park, this hotel offers eco-tourism on a luxury scale, with several swimming pools and restaurants making it ideal for both families and honeymooners.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge

Contemporary eco-accommodation

This luxury eco-lodge is located in the remote Osa Peninsula deep in the rainforest, offering open air bungalows and ocean views for guests to truly immerse themselves in nature.

Hotel Punta Islita

Contemporary eco-accommodation

This upmarket beach resort is built along the Pacific coastline of Guanacaste, with rugged eco-luxury and spectacular views of the coastline.

Cala Luna

Contemporary hotel

Situated just steps from a spectacular stretch of beach, this boutique hotel is a wonderful base for a plethora of outdoor activities and boasts a gourmet restaurant.

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Where to go in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

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.

South Pacific Coast

Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast is dominated by the Osa Peninsula. The Golfo Dulce separates this spit of land from the mainland; its divorced location has helped preserve the area's natural vegetation, creating forests so dense you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the Amazon Basin instead. …

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…

Central Pacific Coast

The Central Pacific is a slightly rockier stretch of coastline but these rugged cliffs only add to the beauty of this area, contrasting spectacularly with the region's beaches and tranquil bays.

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When to go to Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

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Just back from: Costa Rica

Wexas Latin-America specialist Alison Nicolle reports back from one of 2018's hottest destinations – Costa Rica. Expect everything from volcano rainforests to sloth beaches.

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