Championing eco-friendly holidays
Costa Rica rejuvenates your soul. This a nation that prides itself on its being home to 5% of the world’s total biodiversity, that generates 99% of its electricity from renewable sources, and has no standing army. Its small wonder that the countries national slogan is Pura Vida or Pure Life. In a nutshell Costa Rica has quietly become a must visit destination, in which it has put general wellbeing at the heart of what it does.
A green paradise
Costa Rica is a haven for wildlife and wildlife enthusiasts, boasting a staggering array of opportunities to soak up its rich diversity of flora and fauna. From lush jungles to the misty peaks of the cloud forest, the heart of the country provides a home to a diversity of birdlife found in few other destinations. On the pacific coast the jungles reach down to the ocean, to create the picture postcard images of jungle fringed volcanic sand beaches such as found on the Osa Peninsula. Whales and dolphins pass by the beaches at certain times of year, while a visit to the Caribbean Coast allows the observation of all manner of turtles.
Ticos, as the Costa Ricans call themselves, are a friendly family orientated bunch, and it therefore comes as no surprise that Costa Rica is perhaps the best place in Latin America to visit with children. While there are certainly things to entertain young children, older children and teenagers will completely fall in love with the range of activities open to them. What is particularly fantastic about Costa Rica is the opportunity for multigenerational groups to enjoy a holiday – teens can explore the jungle via zipline, mum and dad by canopy walkway, and grandparents with a nature walk.
Finish on the beach
Costa Rica perfectly lends itself to multi-centre trips, visiting two or three destinations within the country in a ten to fourteen-day period. Stops of a few nights in different destinations allow you to fully explore the variety of destinations on offer. At the end of these trips, most people will love to finish with a relaxing few days on the beach. Cost Rica’s Pacific Coast has a plethora of beach to choose from – beautiful white sand beaches to exotic black sand volcanic expanses. Running from north to south there is a beach for nearly every taste, the northern Nicoya Peninsula offers perfect opportunities for water sports such as surfing. Moving south the beaches of Papagayo peninsula offer fantastic spots for simply relaxing, while the more southerly beaches of Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula offer the chance to mix our beach stay with further wildlife watching.
Luxury holidays in Costa Rica provide an incredible experience for the whole family. Combining time explore the exciting variety of sights the country has to offer before enjoying a relaxing few days recuperating on one of its pristine beaches.
If you’re looking for fun then Arenal is a must visit. This is the heart of Costa Rica, pristine jungle and stunning vistas combine. Adrenaline junkies will love the opportunity to zipline and explore canopy walkways. While those who are keen to relax can sit back and soak up the scenery in natural hot springs.Get in touch
The green expanse of Monteverde’s Cloud Forest provides a home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, in particular birdlife. A short hop from Arenal, this is place to relax and get back to nature, exploring the lush forests on foot or horseback..
Costa Rica’s pacific coast is the place to go to relax after your time exploring the country. Beaches of every time imaginable play host to locals and visitors alike. Pick from spots to head out for some world class surfing, spots to soak up superb panoramas, or spots to combine relaxation with more wildlife spotting.
The Osa Peninsula is home to a national park comprising beautiful jungle habitat with deserted volcanic sand beaches. One of the best spots to see wildlife in its natural habitat in all of Latin America..
Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is less developed and visited than the Pacific, but the Tortuguero region provides the chance to explore verdant mangrove swamp, and all the wildlife viewing that comes with it. This is also one of the best places to see Turtles anywhere in the world.
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Costa Rica’s high season brings the least amount of prolonged rainfall; though tropical showers are always to be expected in a country with such plentiful rainforest. This season brings many visitors, particularly in January
The official start of Costa Rica’s ‘green season’. While rainfall does indeed become more frequent, this is still interspersed with plenty of warm sunshine; particularly in the Central Valley, Caribbean Coast and Northern Pacific..
Rainfall is increasing, but this does not deter all visitors; particularly those with school-age children heading to Costa Rica to enjoy its wealth of adventure activities. This is also a great time to see green sea turtles on the coastline of the Tortuguero National Park, and the beginning of whale watching season around Dominical.
This is the height of Costa Rica’s wet season and travel is not recommended. Prolonged heavy rainfall makes wildlife spotting challenging, while roads will be muddy and sometimes impassable due to higher river crossings or landslides, making exploration beyond the main highways difficult.
Find out the essentials before you go.
- Time Difference
GMT - 6
- Flight Duration
11 hours 20 minutes
Colon (although US $ widely used
- Best Time To Travel
January - April
- Visa Needed
UK passport holders do not require a visa
- Combines Well With
Guatemala and Belize