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Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Visit Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Introduction

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.

Top itineraries in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Birds & Beaches of Costa Rica

9-day itinerary from £2,410 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 self-drive

13-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,700 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.

Costa Rica Classic

14-day tailor-made journey from £2,930 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 £3,485 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.

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Top places to stay in Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Accommodation

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

Casa Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

Accommodation

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.

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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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