Coast Rica's Pacific Coast holidays
Spectacular and unspoilt, Costa Rica's sun-kissed Pacific Coast is a delightful blend of golden beaches and dense forests dotted with waterfalls. And, right along its 1,000-kilometre length, it's a treasure trove of wildlife wonders, from breeching whales to nesting turtles and forest canopies alive with playful monkeys and brightly coloured birds. Good transportation links and a well-established tourism infrastructure make the North coast a popular beach-holiday destination, while those who head south will discover a more intimate and enticing side of Costa Rica.
Peninsulas north & south
This is a coastline dominated by peninsulas, with the Nicoya Peninsula to the north and Osa to the south. The sheltered bays and gulfs provide welcome shelter for some of the Pacific Ocean's more endangered nomadic creatures, amongst them whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales. They also provide some truly idyllic spots in which to simply relax, with a smattering of boutique spa resorts, often fronted by delightfully secluded sandy stretches, offering the perfect place to simply chill out and watch the natural world go by.
Spectacular national parks
The coast's concentration of wildlife isn't limited to its bays and reefs. The inland forests are as biologically diverse as anywhere in Costa Rica, and both Manuel Antonio and Corcovado National Park are both rightfully popular stops in this vibrant and varied Pacific region. And, for those that prefer to step further off the beaten track, the quieter Carara Biological Reserve is the place to spot scarlet macaws resting among the mangroves as peccaries and coatis forage through the undergrowth.
Top itineraries in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
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 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.
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.
Top places to stay in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
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.
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.
This upmarket beach resort is built along the Pacific coastline of Guanacaste, with rugged eco-luxury and spectacular views of the coastline.
Where to go in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
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.
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. …
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.
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