With no national army to speak of, and a prolonged era of peace and political stability, Costa Rica is genuinely a safe and friendly place to travel to for a relaxed holiday.
Saskia, Original Traveller
Costa Rica is a picture-perfect and pocket-sized country with two beautiful coastlines separated by a spine of extremely active volcanoes.
Why we think you’ll love it
- About 25% of the country is blanketed by national parks or biological reserves, which helps to preserve its staggering diversity - Costa Rica is home to 10,000 species of plants and trees, 580 species of (migrant and indigenous) birds, and 205 species of mammals
- Thrill seekers won't be disappointed - rappelling down waterfalls, exploring rainforest canyons, rafting along rapids and flying through the jungle canopy are amongst our favourite activitiy
- With both a Caribbean and Pacific coast, Costa Rica's beaches are a strong pull for many travellers. Nature reserves populate much of the Caribbean coast, though the Pacific coast is undoubtedly more wild. It's arguably also more beautiful
- Learn more and find out when to go in our in-depth guide