A Costa Rica holiday is the perfect choice for nature and wildlife enthusiasts, and the experience is complete with some stunning beaches and unspoilt coastlines. This small, lush country on the narrow isthmus of land between the Pacific and the Caribbean has long been recognised for its enlightened approach towards conservation. Approximately a quarter of the land is protected by national parks and wildlife reserves, which encompass volcanoes (you can soak in their thermal springs), rainforest, tropical dry forests, mangroves, wetlands, coral reefs and beaches. Many of the lodges and hotels have impeccable environmental and social credentials, and the verification ‘leaf’ scheme run by the Costa Rica Tourist Board has helped to make the country a leader in sustainable tourism.
Highlights on a Costa Rica holiday
Two favourite places that are included in many Costa Rica holiday itineraries are the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a magical place surrounded by whirling mists with orchid gardens and coffee plantations,
and Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean Coast. Here you journey by small boat through waterways in search of alligators, iguanas and an abundance of birdlife. Harder to reach but no less rewarding is another favourite, the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast where you can completely get away from other tourists and bask in the ‘pura vida’.
Throughout the country, you can take walks on well-marked trails with expert local naturalist guides, who will point out monkeys, frogs, hummingbirds, and much, much more. The spectacular Arenal Volcano is not to be missed with wonderful walks in the La Fortuna area.
After exploring the country’s many natural highlights, most visitors opt to complete their Costa Rica holiday on one of the country’s many golden sand beaches that line its beautiful Pacific coast. Some of the best beaches are found in the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Family holidays in Costa Rica
Costa Rica offers a wide range of properties that work well for pretty much everyone who enjoys the outdoors. There are excellent family-friendly lodges and a family holiday in Costa Rica can be tailored to suit all ages.
Honeymoon holidays in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is also a great honeymoon destination as there are an increasing number of attractive boutique lodges which are both stylish and secluded. See our Romantic Costa Rica honeymoon idea. All our holidays and honeymoons are tailor-made to suit individual tastes and requirements.