Holidays to Costa Rica

Head to Costa Rica for a holiday like no other! Discover active volcanoes, flowing waterfalls and diverse coastlines on an unforgettable holiday.

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 andy 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.

Highlights

  • Trek up imposing volcanoes and ease your muscles at the natural lakes and hot springs

  • Swing through the trees of Monteverde cloud forest, spotting monkeys, sloths and iguanas hiding in the canopy

  • Watch the sunsets from the golden beaches of the Pacific, and swim among colourful coral on the Caribbean coast

  • Animal lovers will be in their element with whale watching in the Osa Peninsula, annual sea turtle nesting in Tortuguero and monkeys galore in Manuel Antonio National Park

Key info

  • Capital city: San José

  • Language: Spanish

  • Currency: Costa Rica Colon

  • Time difference: GMT -6 hours

  • Flight time: 11 hours to San José

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Costa Rica Trip Ideas

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Places to go in Costa Rica

Here are some of the top places to visit in Costa Rica. Need some help deciding where to go? Call us now on: 01483 319 333

Things to do in Costa Rica

Here are some of the things you can do in Costa Rica. When you've chosen your favourite experiences, give our Travel Designers a call and they'll put a trip together for you. Call them on: 01483 319 333

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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.

January

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One of the best times to visit with dry weather across most of the country. It can get busy so plan your trip in advance.  

February

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One of the best months to visit, with plenty of dry days and opportunities to spot wildlife.  

March

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March is a great time to visit with very little rain and low humidity. It's a good time to spot wildlife and visit the cloud forests.  

April

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April is a changeover month for seasons and you might see the odd shower appearing, but it will be a welcome relief from the heat.  

May

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Mary brings the start of the rainy season, although it starts off very gradually meaning there'll be plenty of dry days too. It's a good time to visit with fewer crowds.  

June

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The rainy season is a great time to visit Costa Rica with full rivers and waterfalls, lush jungle and fresh green leaves sprouting everywhere.  

July

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Although it's the rainy season, it's a wonderful time to see some wildlife. The climate will be pleasant as long as you don't mind getting a bit wet.  

August

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August brings clear sunny mornings with afternoon showers so head out early to make the most of the day. Plus, it's turtle nesting season in Tortuguero National Park.  

September

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One of the rainiest months of the year, with travel conditions becoming difficult in some places. Wildlife takes cover from the rain making it hard to spot.  

October

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One of the rainiest months of the year across the country, although the Caribbean coast will be a bit drier and brighter.  

November

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November weather can be very mixed, as the rainy seasons starts to tail off. The Caribbean coast will generally be drier.  

December

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December's weather can be unpredictable depending on when the rainy season will end. From mid-December onwards, the weather usually turns brighter.