Costa Rica Holidays

Costa Rica’s biodiversity makes it one of the most colourful and diverse places to visit in the world, with deep rainforests and ancient cities to explore. Travellers can even spot gliding toucans as they pass across treetop bridges in cloud forests, or watch the luscious landscape beneath them whilst ascending the many towering volcanoes.

On Costa Rica holidays, you can venture through the iconic landscapes in many ways. Try ziplining among the treetops, hiking along the undulating floor of bright rainforests, go white water rafting down glittering rivers, or seek out hidden waterfalls dotted throughout the region.

Being home to over half a million exotic species, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see the tree frogs, sloths, ocelots and hummingbirds, in forests that feel truly alive. The meandering coastlines create the perfect environment to surf and scuba dive, especially beside the giant, mythical volcanic rock –- Roca Bruja. Also, enjoy the sprinkling of vibrant islands here, where you can explore the labyrinth of remarkable caverns beneath the surface.

The capital, - San José, is filled to the brim with delightful tapas restaurants, chocolate and coffee tours, and exciting food tours in lively local markets. Peer at the animated traditional masks in Escazú - (the ‘City of Witches’), or set off on a day trip and sail to the turtle-filled sandy shores of Tortuguero National Park. Enjoy the Fiestas Cívicas nine times a year, and experience Costa Rican culture, from bull riding to candlelit parties which continue well into the night.

Highlights

Key info

  • Capital city: San José

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Costa Rica Colon

  • Time difference: GMT - 6 hours

  • Flight time: 11 hours to San José

Costa Rica Trip Ideas

Here are some trip ideas to Costa Rica. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Places to go in Costa Rica

Hike the Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s most impressive volcanoes due to its towering structure and lush green surroundings. Visit La Fortuna for a spa-like experience hopping between the cascading waterfall and eco-thermal hot springs. Then venture into the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for tree-top views and zip-lining - if you’re brave enough! The Manuel Antonio National Park offers another breath-taking way to sample the diverse landscape of Costa Rica, filled with jungle, beaches and tree-top trails.

Adrenaline-junkies will live for the white-water rapids and canyoning on the Pacuare River at Turrialba or, take a leisurely water safari along the Peñas Blancas River, exploding with beauty and nature. Surf along Nicoya Peninsula's rustic Pacific coastline, complete with 80 miles of beach-side towns and dense forest or relax on the calm, sandy beaches in the area of Limón on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.

Experience city life in San José, the cultural heart of Costa Rica where you'll find exquisite cuisine, fascinating museums and galleries, alongside lush, urban parks.

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Things to do in Costa Rica

It’s the unique experiences which make a VIVID trip special, and here are just some of the things you can do during your trip to Costa Rica. Experience the real country beyond the obvious, whether it’s learning local culinary skills in a Costa Rican cooking class, hiking the Arenal Volcano before soaking in the Tabacon Hot Springs, or taking a magical wander through the rich biodiversity of the Monteverde Cloud Forest.. To incorporate your favourite experiences into your dream trip, or learn more about the itineraries that we can create bespoke to you, just give our Travel Designers a call: 020 3510 5777

Map of Costa Rica

When to go to Costa Rica

Costa Rica's varied landscape means the temperatures and rainfall differ massively depending on where and when you want to go. January and February are generally the best time months to go, although it can get crowded. July to October is peak turtle nesting season and the weather will still be relatively dry in the day, with a few showers in the evening.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Papagayo, Guanacaste & Nicoya Peninsula
Manuel Antonio & Central Pacific Coast
Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce
Central Valley
Volcanoes & Cloud Forests
Tortuguero National Park

Papagayo, Guanacaste & Nicoya Peninsula

Manuel Antonio & Central Pacific Coast

Osa Peninsula & Golfo Dulce

Central Valley

Volcanoes & Cloud Forests

Tortuguero National Park

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