Costa Rica Holidays: An Overview

Costa Rica is a picture-perfect and pocket-sized country with two beautiful coastlines separated by a spine of extremely active volcanoes.

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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
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Original Highlight

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.

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A note on price

Costa Rica is such a small country that it’s easy to explore different pockets for relatively good value. A two week luxury holiday starts from £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

Top picks for Costa Rica

Nicoya Peninsula

Nicoya Peninsula

Costa Rica

Isolated and rugged beaches, nature reserves and increasingly stylish hotels.

Where to go

Nicoya Peninsula
Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific.

Where to stay

Lapa Rios
Harmony Hotel

Harmony Hotel

Nicoya Peninsula

The rooms at the Harmony Hotel are dotted along a path through a tropical garden down towards the Pacific Ocean.

Where to stay

Harmony Hotel
Copa de Arbol

Copa de Arbol

Osa Peninsula

Welcome to the jungle! Copa de Arbol is an eco beach front resort, secluded in 70 acres of tropical rainforest in Drake Bay.

Where to stay

Copa de Arbol
Arenal

Arenal

Volcanoes and Cloud Forests

Although the perfectly conical volcano Arenal is spectacular to admire from afar, it’s best to get a bit closer to the action with a visit to the Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal.

What to do

Arenal
Flor Blanca

Flor Blanca

Nicoya Peninsula

A small resort, fast becoming the benchmark for upmarket properties on this stretch of the Pacific coast.

Where to stay

Flor Blanca
Volcanoes and Cloud Forests

Volcanoes and Cloud Forests

Costa Rica

One big National Park, Costa Rica is filled with natural beauty, wildlife and this region is heaven for outdoorsy types.

Where to go

Volcanoes and Cloud Forests
 Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca

Central Valley

Winner of many Responsible Tourism awards and accolades, this is a working farm and coffee plantation with its roots firmly in sustainability.

Where to stay

Finca Rosa Blanca
Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica

On the south-west Pacific coast of Costa Rica, this is home to Corcovado National Park, and endless wildlife.

Where to go

Osa Peninsula
Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula

Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula

Nicoya Peninsula

Warm waters, stunning beaches and fewer people than many surf spots in Costa Rica make the Nicoya Peninsula as close to surfing perfection as you’ll find anywhere.

What to do

Surfing the Nicoya Peninsula
Volcano Tours

Volcano Tours

Central Valley

There are two highly impressive volcanoes within easy reach of San Jose, and well worth day trip's for anyone staying in Costa Rica for more than a flying visit.

What to do

Volcano Tours
Casa Corcovado

Casa Corcovado

Osa Peninsula

This very isolated jungle lodge is the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park from this end of the Osa Peninsula.

Where to stay

Casa Corcovado
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Central Valley

Searching for birds and big cats in the wild is all well and good, but at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens you’ll find them all conveniently in one place so you are guaranteed some spectacular close ups of many of the country’s most rare and endangered species.

What to do

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Canopy Tours

Canopy Tours

Volcanoes and Cloud Forests

Swoop through the cloud forest with the greatest of ease on a zip-wire, and discover the rainforest from a hanging bridge high up in the canopy.

What to do

Canopy Tours
Central Valley

Central Valley

Costa Rica

Costa Rica's geographical heart is home to San José, coffee plantations, volcanoes, and rapids ideal for rafting.

Where to go

Central Valley
Nicuesa Lodge

Nicuesa Lodge

Osa Peninsula

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge embraces conservation and harmony with the natural environment, and offers a perfect blend of comfort with sustainability.

Where to stay

Nicuesa Lodge
Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica

Tropical rainforest - one of the biggest swathes in Central America - wildlife and excellent lodges with naturalist guides.

Where to go

Tortuguero National Park
Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Nicoya Peninsula

Punta Islita has a spectacular, hillside position with superb views across forest, beach and sea.

Where to stay

Punta Islita

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