Costa Rica - At a Glance

One of the world’s most desirable emergent destinations, Costa Rica shares a coastline with both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It has a delicate, awe-inspiring eco system and a wealth of responsible tourism programmes and conservation projects., working with everything from turtles to howler monkeys. It also boasts some of the most impressive luxury eco-accommodation options in Latin America.

Ways you can help

Highlights

    • Make a difference caring for animals at a wildlife center
    • Gain a sense of satisfaction by renovating a children’s center
    • Marvel at Poas Volcano and compare with Arenal Volcano
    • Learn about coffee production on a Fair Trade farm
    • Go on safari in search of jaguar, sloth, puma, monkeys and more
    • Relax in hot springs, on the beaches, surf, snorkel or dive
    • Be in awe at turtle laying or hatching (seasonal)
    • Take canopy tours for tree top views
    • Thrill with zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking
    • Enjoy epic horse riding

Sample Pricing

The price for a 10 day trip to Costa Rica costs from $6,650 (£5,374, €6,306) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. Flights are excluded, but we can arrange these for you.

Eco-luxury Hotels

Xandari - San Jose and Central Valley

A friendly hotel with bright villas set within 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a spa, delicious Costa Rican cuisine and inspiring views over San José. Just a 20-minute drive from San José airport, you...

Finca Rosa Blanca - San Jose and Central Valley

You probably haven’t stayed on a coffee plantation before, but now you have the opportunity in this wonderful inn. Thirteen suites are peppered around the grounds, and guests are encouraged to take one o...

Pacuare Lodge - Pacuare River rafting

The white waters of the neighboring Pacuare River provide an exciting dash of aquatic adventure, and this luxury eco-lodge is a welcome sight to break up your rafting. Dashing wooden bungalows look out int...

Villa Buena Onda - Osa Peninsula

Villa Buena Onda is a luxury, adults only 7-room hotel located in Guanacaste. Perched along the hillside overlooking Playas del Coco, relax, unwind and allow yourself to be a bit spoiled on your vacation. ...

Playa Cativo - Osa Peninsula

Accessible by boat, Playa Cativo ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach/jungle stay. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park and across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado, this eco-lodge offers the...

Lapa Rios - Osa Peninsula

1,000 acres of private nature reserve surround this hotel in the wilderness. The Corcovado National Park provides the backdrop to this ecotourism project, 350 feet above sea level. Sixteen thatched bungalo...

El Silencio - Monteverde

Presenting what the hotel terms a “symphony of natural wellness”, it is certainly hard to argue with the amenities at this top-class spot. Set in 500 acres of tropical ‘cloud forest’, the hotel is ...

Arenas del Mar - Manuel Antonio

The best of all worlds are on offer at this luxury bolthole. Not only is the property located on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, it has both tropical forest and beaches within easy reach. You...

Punta Islita - Guanacaste

Almost camouflaged against the forest, this property sits in the serenity of one of Guanacaste’s most magnificent coves, looking out onto glorious open coastline.Sitting amid some interesting local c...

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo - Guanacaste

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its dis...

Rancho Pacifico - Bahia Ballena

Tranquil, chic and completely at one with nature, the adult-exclusive Rancho Pacifico resort delivers on the Costa Rican promise of adventure and style in equal measure. On a private 250-acre nature preser...

The Springs Resort and Spa - Arenal

A lovely resort featuring Hot Springs, glorious views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including the excellent Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining....

Nayara Springs - Arenal

Opened just over a year ago, the sixteen villa Nayara Springs make up the adults-only annex to Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens.Throughout the villas, teak and other hardwoods are complemented by ba...

Kioro - Arenal

The Arenal Kioro Hotel carried out environmental studies to cause the least impact possible during the construction and operation of the project. The property has a sewage treatment plant, smart systems fo...

Arenal Springs - Arenal

The Arenal Springs Resort is the perfect getaway if you are looking to remain close to nature but still retain the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel. Indeed, from nearly any location at the resort ...

Arenal Nayara - Arenal

The panoramic view from this 53-suite hotel involves the small matter of the hulking Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Park. The wonderful by-products of the (benign) volcanic activity are the seductive bubbli...

Useful Information

Flight Time from
UK
13 hours
Flight Time from
New York
5.5 hours
Flight Time from
San Francisco
8 hours
Time Zone
GMT -6 hours
When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Did you know

  • Costa Ricans refer to themsleves as “Ticos” (males) and “Ticas” (females). Foreigners are often called “Gringos” (males) and “Gringas” (females)
  • There are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active. Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world and Arenal is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. Irazu is the tallest volcano in Costa Rica at 11,259 feet
  • More than 25% of Costa Rica’s land is dedicated to national parks, reserves and wildlife refuges. There are more than 100 different protected areas to visit.
  • Costa Rican food is simple, but heavy on oil and spices. Rice and beans are staples. A popular dish is Casado. This is rice and beans with cabbage and tomato salad, fried plantains, and meat. Generally, vegetables aren’t a large part of the diet.
  • There are about 52 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica, making Costa Rica a true hummingbird capital. Monkeys are one of the most common mammals in Costa Rica – next to bats. The four common species are the Howler, Spider, White-Faced and Squirrel.
  • Heliconia, also called, Bird-of-Paradise, this exotic plant has bright red bracts (like leaves) that grow in opposite pairs and look like the claws of a lobster. These plants love the moist environments of warm climates like Costa Rica. They also grow well in South Florida and are related to banana plants. Several species of hummingbirds feed on the nectar of heliconia.
  • Bromeliads are a tropical plant, related to pineapples. Just like orchids, bromeliads are epiphytes, as they attach themselves to trees to obtain moisture. The curved, overlapping leaves of bromeliads act as tanks. They collect water, insects and debris that decompose to provide the plants with nutrients to absorb. In Costa Rica there are more than 2,000 species of bromeliads. Some of these have flowers, while many do not.
  • Costa Rica is known as one of the world’s top nations for conservation efforts. Approximately 25% of this country is protected wildlife. Given the fact that Costa Rica has 5% of the world’s biodiversity, conservation is crucial. Biologists and other scientists from all over the world share a great interest in Costa Rica’s wildlife.

Testimonial

"We loved our time in Costa Rica! It was so much fun helping look after the animals; our daughters especially enjoyed bottle feeding the babies. It was so good for us all to learn all about these wonderful creatures. We also loved our guides, the hotels, the beaches, zip lining, and the floating safari. Everything was perfect - we will be back!"

- Helen and her family, from Boston, MA

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