Wonderful things to do in Costa Rica
Costa Rica will make you smile whether you’re a nature-lover looking for wildlife and beautiful landscapes, a beach-lover wanting to escape, or an adrenalin-junkie who loves rafting, riding or zip-lining. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Costa Rica.
When to go to Costa Rica
The best time to go to Costa Rica for most visitors is when it is drier. Rain can fall in any month, but it’s less wet from December to May. Heaviest rains are mostly September and October. Good prices and fewer people are the reasons we still recommend travel to Costa Rica in June to August and November, as long as you don’t mind tropical downpours interrupting your sunshine!Read more
12 days from £2090pp plus international flights.
Traversing this small country you'll be amazed by the richness and variety of the scenery and wildlife.
- Watch for white-faced and howler monkeys in Cahuita
- Laze on a sandy Caribbean beach
- Take a boat ride in the waterways of Tortuguero
- Walk across hanging bridges at Arenal Volcano
- Enjoy views over Culebra Bay and the Gulf of Papagayo
Places to go in Costa Rica
Read about the highlights of this incredible country in our short summary guides to the main places to go.View more
Arenal Volcano is an iconic sight with exciting nearby activities such as hanging bridges and ziplines.
Osa Peninsula, Corcovado & Golfo Dulce
For the very best of Costa Rica’s wildlife.
Manuel Antonio & the south Pacific
Wildlife-filled rainforest reaches down to beautiful beaches
Explore the mist-enveloped cloudforest with its lush vegetation, exotic birds, monkeys and sloths as you cross hanging bridges high above the forest floor.
Places we love to stay in Costa Rica
Here you’ll find a small collection of our favourite places to stay in Costa Rica, though as an independent tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays, we actually sell a much wider choice of Costa Rican properties than we show.View more
Andaz Papagayo Resort
Bosque de Paz
Bahia del Sol
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Hotel Grano de Oro
Arenas Del Mar
Manuel Antonio & the south Pacific
Xandari Resort and Spa
Parador Resort and Spa
Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Lomas del Volcan
Hotel Capitan Suizo
Si Como No
Facts and information
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.
Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica
GMT -6 hours
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.
Read more in our Tribes blog
The Tribes blog brings you regular articles written by our specialists, travellers or partners and conservationists in our destinations. We have a big collection of articles now, so have a mooch to find some interesting short reads.Explore more
When we planned our family trip to Costa Rica, one key question was ‘where will we have the best chance of seeing whales?’ Tribes’ Alex Neaves recommended the Osa Peninsula, a spectacular region in the south west of the country, combining rainforest with coast - which turned out to be a great suggestion! We chose to spend five nights towards the end of our holiday at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge on the Osa Peninsula.
Chocolate a divine gift
Costa Rica is an incredible place! Not only does it have stunning wildlife, pristine beaches and plenty of adventure, but did you know you can also have a genuine cultural experience with indigenous tribes? I didn’t.
Magic in the moonlight
Lit by the full moon the beach had an eerie beauty, the waves glinting in the moonlight, the sand with a silvery tone.