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Reasons to Visit

The Pacific coast, the central mountain range and the Caribbean coast, generate a wide range of habitats, ideal for birdwatching. National Parks protect these habitats and stylish, character lodges offer excellent facilities for you to explore.

Costa Rica has long been renowned as a compact, modern and politically stable country, but that's not what is attracting record numbers of visitors to its shores. With both a Pacific and a Caribbean coastline and a verdant and volcanic interior, planning a trip here involves the difficult task of selecting, from a very long list, which unforgettable experiences you simply cannot miss. Picture yourself seeing baby Green Sea turtles take their first steps in Tortuguero, hiking past sloths in Corcovado or exploring the ancient lava flows from the Arenal Volcano. Imagine getting a birds-eye view as you zip line through a cloud forest canopy or checking in at one of the country's famed luxury eco-lodges, surrounded by tropical jungle. Travellers are visiting from all corners of the globe, and with new direct BA flights from London, its never been easier to experience Costa Rica for yourself.

We invite you to browse our selection of Costa Rica holidays below. These itineraries have been carefully planned by our destination specialists to optimise your time and provide a deeper perspective on Costa Rica.

Specialist Knowledge

Need some help with your trip? Nick Goodchild has travelled extensively across Costa Rica and can help with his knowledge and expertise of the attractions and services available.

Birdwatching

Costa Rica is a birdwatching paradise, with some of the best locations in the world to spot a colourful array of exotic and endemic birds in lush rainforest.

National Parks

Costa Rica rainforest-covered national parks afford endless opportunities to hike, bird-watch, horse-ride and get closer to nature in magnificent scenery.

Beaches

Costa Rica's beaches offer miles of secluded golden sand on which to relax and unwind in the shade of gently swaying coconut palms.

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Where to Visit in Costa Rica
Popular locations and hidden gems

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio combines tropical rainforest, exotic wildlife, idyllic Pacific coast beaches and luxury resorts.

Osa Peninsula & Corcovado

Covered by pristine primary lowland tropical rainforest, the Osa Peninsula is renowned for its biodiversity & endemic wildlif…

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde boasts a huge degree of biodiversity, with hundreds of species of migrating and endemic birds, including the famou…

Arenal National Park

Considered as "the place to see", Arenal National Park is well-known for its volcanoes, its lake and abundant wildlife.

Guanacaste

Located in the northwest on the Pacific Ocean, Guanacaste is known for its warm climate, incredible bird watching, and excell…

Tortuguero

Tortuguero is an area of lowland wet tropical forest and mangroves, famous for being the principal nesting site for various s…

Playa Esterillos

Playa Esterillos is a wide sandy beach located in a secluded part of Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro is a small village nestled in the lush, forest covered mountains north of San Jose.

San Jose

San Jose lies amidst the central mountains, dividing the country between its Pacific, Caribbean coasts and its lowlands.

Alajuela

Alajuela provides a base from which to visit the Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfalls Gardens.

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