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Costa Rica holidays

A Costa Rica holiday offers some of the best opportunities to combine wildlife viewing with relaxation and adventure activities. Costa Rica is just a small country, about a fifth the size of the UK but it is jam packed full of perfect holiday locations.

Around 25% of the country is given over to national parks and reserves making it a great destination for nature lovers. The famous national parks like Tortuguero, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Gandoca-Manzamillo and Corcovado have a wide range of different habitats from beaches and mangrove-lined wetlands through to lowland rainforest and tropical dry forest, and up to cloud forest at the higher elevations. This variety of zones means there is an unbelievable biodiversity.

There are two coastlines, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and both have fabulous beaches where you can relax and enjoy just being on holiday. It has a beautiful landscape inland too, with active volcanoes like the iconic Arenal, wide open plains where cattle ranching takes place and picturesque valleys where the local farmers grow lush tropical fruits.

If your thing is to be active on holiday then Costa Rica has a lot to offer. The national parks all have very good walking trails and there are some more strenuous hikes for people looking for a challenge. Outdoor activities like horse-riding, white-water rafting, cycling, kayaking are all available and then there are things like zip-wiring through the rain-forest canopy or canopy walks over high suspension bridges. In short, this country is a bit of a playground.

Costa Rica is well developed for tourism with a wide range of places to stay from small guest houses to luxury lodges and characterful boutique hotels. Being a small country it doesn't take long to get from one place to another so you can take in lots of places in a week or two and can easily have time to do some wildlife watching or birding and also time on the beach, at a spa pampering yourself, or getting the adrenalin pumping on adventure activities. There is no problem to mix different grades of accommodation, so if you fancy keeping the costs down for part of the trip and then having a few days of luxury that’s fine. And we can offer the whole trip with flights, transfers, accommodation and guiding or if you’d prefer to do your own thing why not consider a self-drive. We can arrange the car hire and pre-book all your accommodation for you so you can pootle along at your own pace. Whichever way appeals to you though, you’ll have an amazing time if you decide to go for a holiday in Costa Rica.

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popular holidays in Costa Rica

Costa Rica coast to coast
Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Traversing this small country you'll be amazed by the richness and variety of the scenery and wildlife.

Enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica
Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday

Experience the rich diversity of Costa Rica's ecosystems and marvel at the array of bird and animal life at wildlife hotspots.

Enjoy an all action adventure in Costa Rica
Active Costa Rica

If you're an adrenalin junkie and love nature this holiday is for you. A rip roaring coast-to-coast adventure across Costa Rica!

Galapagos and Costa Rica
Galapagos and Costa Rica

A holiday of contrasts as you explore the magnificent Galapagos archipelago and then travel onward to see highlights of Costa Rica.

Spend time exploring 2 lovely locations in Costa Rica
Two of the Best

Relax at two of the very best hotels. Enjoy the great outdoors and Costa Rica's amazing nature at Arenal and Golfo Dulce.

inspiring experiences in Costa Rica

Read about some of the inspirational experiences you could have in Costa Rica

Costa Rica featured accommodation

Below you'll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Costa Rica. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the "All Places to Stay" button.

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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