Costa Rica is a small country brimming with wildlife and natural beauty. Our tailor-made Costa Rica holidays take you to lush jungle, sandy beaches, smouldering volcanoes and misty cloud forest. It is the perfect destination for adventure-seekers, families and lovers of the outdoors. With a modern democracy and a fierce determination to protect the environment, Costa Rica has long been a top attraction in Central America. Ask us for ways to hike, ride, surf, zip through the trees or spot wildlife or just relax on a beach on this small but exciting country.
There is wildlife everywhere but we particularly like Tortuguero and Corcovado. Nesting turtles can be seen at certain times of the year. Raft your way to your hotel with Pacuare lodge, kick back on the beaches of the Caribbean or Pacific.
The dry season is Dec – April. Storms are possible from July to October
Colón. The US dollar (US$) is also accepted in some places (notes only). Avoid old, marked or damaged bills.
ATMs are widely available and most large shops accept credit cards although there may be a charge.
You should visit your family doctor and check that you are up to date with your immunisations for typhoid, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for Costa Rica at the current time. Malaria prophylaxis may be recommended for certain areas. Vaccination and malaria advice are subject to change. Check with your family Doctor.
Visa and entry requirements are subject to change and you should check with your consulate for the latest rules before you travel.
Make sure you have 6 months validity left on your passport before traveling to Chile. UK citizens do not currently require a visa to enter Chile as a tourist and are granted a 3 month stay upon arrival.
GMT – 5 hours
You can fly direct from London or via Europe or the USA. Journey time around 13-15 hours.
Browse our ideas for tailor-made Costa Rica holidays including multi-country itineraries. Pick a standard itinerary or tell us about your likes, dislikes and must-dos and we will create your perfect trip. We don’t do set group departure dates, all of our trips can start on whichever date suits you best.
Nature and beach combine with world class service for the ultimate relaxing Luxury Costa Rica holiday. Our favourite Costa Rica beach hotel and boutique eco lodge feature together for a varied, unforgettable trip.
The perfect introduction to Costa Rica’s rich wildlife and beaches.
Experience the best of Costa Rica with our Costa Rica Adventure holiday. This small country packs in a lot. Lofty volcanoes, steamy jungle and rushing rivers are just waiting to be explored.
A balance of nature, beach and exploration that can be adapted to suit families of all ages.
Prices start based on 3 star hotels. Browse our collection for more options and upgrade ideas.
Hotel Grano de Oro is a true oasis in the heart of the city.
There is a family feel to the place and the staff go out of their way to make guests feel welcome and at home.
The adventure begins with white water rafting the Pacuare river to reach your accommodation.
Just a few steps from the beach, with the tropical rainforest in the background.
A working horse and cattle ranch situated at the foot of the volcano.
This property rests on seventy acres of private property with four km of private trails, ideal for hiking or bird watching.
This small, 26 room swiss style rustic lodge is only a 20 minute walk from the Monteverde reserve.
A superb eco-lodge that sits in 500 acres of cloud forest in the central volcanic range.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and situated on a sand bar between the Tortuguero canals and the Caribbean Sea.
5 minutes away from the Tortuguero National Park with its peaceful jungle fringed canals.
On a rocky hillside leading to the beach, Punta Islita is the perfect place to relax at the end of a busy trip.
The hotel and villas are surrounded by tall indigenous trees that are home to families of howler monkeys, as well as tropical birds and butterflies.
With its own thermal pools and sweeping views of the volcano this hotel makes a great base for a few days.
Arenal Kioro offers a fabulous place with a natural viewpoint to the Arenal Volcano.
In the heart of San Jose this is an ideal location to explore the main attractions of the capital city.
This really was the holiday of a lifetime and thanks to expedition leader Hannah and her fantastic team was it was a magical experience. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking and the history of polar exportation, and my hero Sir Ernest Shackleton in particular was vividly, brought to life. To be able to follow his journey and pay my respects to him at his graveside in South Georgia was very emotional and something I will never forget.
Lorraine traveled on Hebridean Sky. Find out more here.