A holiday in Costa Rica offers you the opportunity to experience a wide choice of different habitats, to see at close quarters some amazing flora and fauna, to swim off either Caribbean or Pacific coasts, to engage in adrenalin-inducing sports or simply to unwind in a lovely beach location.
Below are some of the regions of Costa Rica which can be incorporated into your custom-built Costa Rica holiday.
A spectacular lake-side, live volcano in a scenic rainforest area, located next to the nearby La Fortuna town and waterfall. The region also offers popular naturally-occurring hot springs and luxury spas. This is probably Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destination. Great wildlife can be seen with day trips to Caño Negro or Rio Celeste.
A National Park up in the clouds with iconic hanging bridges and adrenalin-fuelled zip-lining. Other activities in this cloudforest area and the buzzy town of St Elena include coffee and sugar cane plantations, a cheese factory, forest steam train rides, horse-riding and spectacular birdlife and forest nature hikes.
A National Park offering great biodiversity set in a series of canals and waterways on the Caribbean coast, and teeming with wildlife. You can stay in well-appointed eco-lodges and, depending on the season, Tortuguero also offers the visitor opportunities to see nesting sea turtles.
A scenic, coastal based National Park area on the Pacific. Fantastic beaches and wonderful wildlife combine in close proximity to offer one of Costa Rica’s highlights. Apart from hiking the National Park and beach R&R activities in the region include a fun coastal kayak sea paddle or dolphin and whale watching at nearby Uvita. The buzzy resort town of Quepos offers further attraction.
The Nicoya Peninsula offers a laid-back bohemian surfing vibe and great beaches for holiday relaxation. Further up the same Pacific coast is the Guanacaste region with some great resort towns, and some of Costa Rica’s best stretches of sand and most luxurious hotels.
Rainforest, wildlife and beach combine here in this rustic Costa Rican area on the Caribbean coast. Excellent snorkelling and diving is available in the adjacent protected Cahuita Marine Reserve National Park. The region is also a gateway to connect with a 2-country trip, where you hop round the coast to nearby Bocas del Toro to enter Panama.
An unspoilt jungle rainforest rich in wildlife and full of amazing birdlife in a traditional Tico area, offering an authentic biodiverse Costa Rica experience. The region offers a fascinating historical interactive artisan chocolate-making and plantation tour, as well as world-class white-river rafting.
San José, Costa Rica’s capital, is most people’s entry point to the country. Among the main attractions are the famous Jade and Gold Museums and the National Theatre building. Other areas of interest close by are Sarchí known for artisan crafts; Poas and Irazu Volcanoes; La Paz Waterfall Gardens; ancient archaeological ruins at Guayabo; and the Spanish colonial Cartago Basilica.
A remote area of natural beauty containing the Corcovado National Park set in a lesser-visited peninsula off the South West corner of Costa Rica. This region offers perhaps the most unspoilt and best area to see Costa Rica’s wildlife and biodiversity at its finest. Wonderful scenic hiking and the added attraction of some of Central America’s best snorkelling and diving at Caño Island make this a jewel in Costa Rica’s tourism crown.
Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity with volcanoes, cloud forests, waterfalls and 500,000 species of flora and fauna – including amazing birds, mammals and insects.
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