Overwhelmingly beautiful national parks, dense lush cloud forests, heavily populated with wildlife and dramatic volcanoes all encased in 800 miles of pristine coastline; Costa Rica holds something for everyone. Its diminutive size means it is easy to encounter all there is on offer in one trip, bounding from tubing down the rapids of Rio Peridido to trekking the spectacular Arenal Volcano, finishing with the pristine beaches of the Manual Antonio National Park. Once you have enjoyed Costa Rica’s serene, comfortable and relaxed way of life, we are sure you will be cheering ‘Pura Vida’ long after you have returned home.
Our itineraries, dreamt up by our passionate travel experts, combine the highlights of this gorgeous country with some hidden secrets and are all available to customise to your specific ideas. Meanwhile Costa Rica’s increasing number of stylish and secluded boutique lodges makes it a fantastic honeymoon destination – for the perfect mix of nature and beach. There is also an abundance of child friendly hotels, with the natural wonders and exhilarating wildlife spotting promising an unforgettable family adventure.
The capital city and gateway to Costa Rica - the bustling lively San Jose - deserves a visit for a day or two to acquaint yourself with the cultural landmarks, investigating the classic National Museum and the interesting Museo de los Ninos and Galeria Nacional. There is a range of hotels for you to stay in including the elegant converted mansion Hotel Grano del Oro or the luxury Alta Hotel overlooking the neighbouring volcanoes. Placed in the middle of Costa Rica, San Jose boosts an advantageous location for you to journey out and experience the rest of the country.
A Natural Adventure Playground
On the edge of the Tilaran Mountains is the sprawling 10,500 hectares of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, an enchanting verdant rich forest covered in swirling mysterious mist and heaving with wildlife. Spanning six different eco-systems, the forest lends itself as the perfect host for many adventurous explorations from trekking to flying over the forest canopy by zip-wire, all accompanied by the permanent residents of white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths, hummingbirds and the resplendent quetzal bird.
Across to the northeast of the country is the Tortuguero National Park, the most valuable nesting site in the Caribbean for the green sea turtle. While this incredible nature display happens from July to October with the hatchlings emerging in November, there is a multitude of wildlife to be seen in the diverse habitats all year round. Taking a small boat down the canals and waterways surrounding yourself with iguanas, crocodiles and boa constrictors is a fine way to spend a day in Tortuguero.
An excellent finish to your intrepid holiday is time spent relaxing on one of the many tranquil tropical beaches. Both Manual Antonio National Park and the Osa Peninsula provide colourful rainforests edged with white sands and crashing blue waves. Long stretches of beach can also be found along the Pacific Coast in the Guanacaste province, presenting multiple idyllic resting grounds. A visit here is made complete with a stay in one of our specially chosen boltholes, with options including Andaz Papagavo, overlooking the gorgeous Culebra Bay, or the Flamingo Beach Resort, placed between volcano mountain ranges and stunning beaches.
All Supported with an Eco-Conscience
Understandably, Costa Rica is very proud and protective of their awe-inspiring diverse nature. A quarter of the country is protected by natural parks and wildlife reserves to ensure the tropical dry forests, mangroves, waterfalls, coral reeds and beaches receive no damage and only beneficial tourism. Many of the country’s lodges and hotels have impeccable environmental and social credentials with the verification ‘leaf’ scheme run by the Costa Rica Tourist Board helping to make the country a leader in sustainable tourism.
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