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Holidays to Costa Rica provide the enticing prospect of beautiful scenery, glorious beaches and an intoxicating variety of flora and fauna. Sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, there’s a wonderful variety of landscapes to explore from misty cloud forests and lush rainforest to soaring volcanoes and jungle fringed beaches.
Like a tropical ark, Costa Rica is home to such a dazzling array of animal and birdlife you might feel the only thing missing is a David Attenborough voice-over. The bounty of natural wonders are all within a few hours’ drive of San Jose so whether it’s turtles in Tortuguero, anteaters in Arenal or macaws in Corcavado, an incredible wildlife experience is often right on your doorstep. A pioneer in eco and adventure tourism,here sustainability is a way of life. You can zip line through the jungle canopy, wander along hanging bridges high above the forest floor or simply relax in bubbling hot springs as you soak up the colourful diversity of this vibrant destination.
Trailfinders helps thousands of people a year put together their holidays to Costa Rica and we have a dedicated team of destination specialists who are mines of information about the country, often with first-hand experience of travel here. Whether you want to discover the country with your own private driver, explore on a self drive or join a sociable small group tour, or are simply looking for advice on the best national parks or beach resorts – they are the perfect people to ask.
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WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA
For such a compact country Costa Rica really packs in the highlights. In under two weeks you could meet turtles in Tortuguero National Park, explore the rainforest canopy around Arenal, spot toucans in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and still have time to relax on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. With a little more time you could also venture off the beaten track and embark on an exhilarating rafting adventure to a remote lodge on the Pacuare River, spot quetzals in San Gerardo de Dota or discover the immense biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula – a paradise for nature lovers.
The ultimate luxury adventure playground, Costa Rica is the ideal destination for high octane adventure or sheer relaxation.
With so much to see it can be hard to know where to start! Take a look at the guide below to discover more or give us a call if you are looking for some inspiration. Our experienced destination specialists can help create your perfect trip.
San José & the Central Valley
Tortuguero & The Caribbean Coast
Manuel Antonio & Dominical
San Gerardo de Dota & Turrialba
Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce
Guanacaste Coast & Nicoya Peninsula
Costa Rica’s National Parks
HOW TO GET AROUND COSTA RICA
Exploring Costa Rica with your own private car and driver is extremely popular and offers the flexibility to travel at your own pace. You can simply follow one of our classic itineraries or our specialist Costa Rica team can put something tailormade together for you. Alternatively why not ask us to create you an exciting fly drive holiday?
Small group adventure touring is a great value option and very sociable too, as are escorted coach tours. For those who want to visit more than one destination we offer cruises that transit the Panama Canal which will often include a stop in Costa Rica or we could also put together a fascinating multi country trip for you combining a holiday to Costa Rica with one to Florida, Guatemala, Nicaragua or Panama.
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN COSTA RICA
We feature a wonderful range of accommodation in Costa Rica, with something to suit all budgets.
Maybe you’re looking for a treehouse hidden in the Monteverde cloud forests or a boutique beach lodge in the heart of the Nicoya Peninsula? Or perhaps it’s a romantic hideaway with incredible views of the Arenal volcano, a remote jungle lodge in the Corcovado National park or a cosy lodge in the Central Valley. We can help you with hotels, resorts, guesthouses and lodges all over Costa Rica.
What you won’t find here are thousands upon thousands of hotels where you have to wade through endless reviews of questionable origin to find the best one. We have done the hard work for you and selected the best places to stay so you don’t have to and our travel consultants are on hand to help, often with first-hand experience
Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens
Parador Resort & Spa
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge
THINGS TO DO IN COSTA RICA
Sky Tram & Sky Trek Zip-lining
Arenal Hanging Bridges
Pacuare River Rafting
Surf Lesson on the Guanacaste Coast
Pedal Board Lesson on Lake Arenal
Whale Watching Experience
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- Kayaking and paddle-boarding in La Fortuna
- Tortilla-making and a typical lunch with a local family
- Guided hike in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (Monteverde)
- Guided hike in Manuel Antonio NP
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Top Tips From Our Experts
Costa Rica has such a huge variety of birdlife, and as soon as you step outside of the city you can expect to see any number of colourful birds. Make sure you always have a set of binoculars handy as even a transfer can feel like a bird spotting game drive!
Ceviche! The most delicious dish is iconic in Costa Rica and a great way to sample the delicious fresh seafood on the coast. If you get the chance to learn how to make it then do! It's an easy way to impress friends when you're home!
Kerry Ann Govier
If you love wildlife, a visit the stunning Osa Peninsula is a must! Dubbed 'one of the most biologically intense places on earth' by National Geographic, this remote peninsula is home to pristine rainforests, a beautifully secluded coastline and an astounding variety of flora and fauna.
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