Experience Costa Rica
With the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east, the eco-tourism capital of Costa Rica has many aces up its sleeve – such as cloud-shrouded rainforests, smoking volcanoes, world-class coffee plantations, wildlife-rich national parks, glittering beaches, and epic jungle adventures.
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The modern, cosmopolitan city of San Jose is where you’ll undoubtedly start your Costa Rica adventure. There are many cultural thrills to be had in this buzzing capital.
The northwestern province of Guanacaste boasts Santa Rosa National Park and endless beaches. While Monteverde, is one of the country’s major ecotourism destinations.
Within Costa Rica’s interior, bridges cross the rainforest paths for great views from up high whilst hiking. Numerous volcanoes such as Arenal, Poás and Irazu are some of the best to visit.
Manuel Antonio Beach is perhaps the most iconic of the country’s coastline with its picture-postcard palm-fringed sands.
There’s over 220 reptile species, 6,700 marine species, 9,000 plants, 20,000 spider species, 34,000 insect species, and 1,000 butterfly species in Costa Rica. Be on the lookout for Olive Ridley sea turtles, scarlet macaws, armadillos, sloths, toucans and anteaters. If you’re on the coast, you might even see humpback whales during migration season between December and April.
There’s so many adventures to be had in Costa Rica. A rainforest hike is the most obvious choice for exploring, but you can also experience close-encounters with the tree-line by zip-wire. Rafting is a fun way of navigating the rainforest from a lower view point. A leisurely kayaking tour can be taken on the canals or you could hire a kayak to explore the coastline.
When to explore…
- The best time to visit Costa Rica is between mid-November and April, as it’s at its driest then and very warm
- During those months, temperatures are around 28ºC – March and April tend to be the hottest of all. Expect up to 12 hours of sunshine each day too
- September and October are undoubtedly the wettest months
- May to June or November are known as the country’s green seasons. May can be a good shout for a time to travel, as while the start of rainy season, it’s cheaper and quiet
Experience a Real Adventure in Costa Rica with These Recommended Small Group Tours
COSTA RICA EXPERIENCE
Discover a region of natural diversity, cultural riches and laidback vibes on a nine-day jungle jaunt through Costa Rica.
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Explore Monteverde’s steamy cloud forests
Marvel at the size and stature of the Arenal Volcano
Learn home-cooked recipes and techniques from the locals
Hike the lush trails of Manuel Antonio
CLASSIC COSTA RICA
Swap the concrete jungle for real jungle on this trip into the rainforests, waterways, hot springs and palm-lined beaches of Costa Rica.
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See long-nosed tapirs, elegant ocelots and three-toed sloths
Sleep at a homestay in a quiet agricultural community
Rejuvenate in the hot springs of volcanic La Fortuna
Spend time in the cloud forest
Costa Rica Family Holiday with Teenagers
Travel to Costa Rica on a tailored family tour and experience a country that’s brimming with natural beauty and adventure activities.
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Raft along rapids, climb up to volcanic craters
Let off steam in thermal springs and swimming pools
Spy thousands of bird, mammal and reptile species
Hit Manuel Antonio National Park