An abundance of incredible and diverse wildlife, stunning beaches, lush rainforest, eerie cloud forests, volcanoes, plantations, fast-paced adventure and boutique hotels – for a country the size of Wales, Costa Rica has it all!
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Costa Rica is a wildlife lover’s dream, renowned for its national parks and forest reserves. San Jose & Central Costa Rica have volcanoes, picturesque highlands and rolling coffee plantations to explore.
Get off the beaten track at the Osa Peninsula. Home to Corcovado National Park and reached by light aircraft, this remote region was once named the most biologically intense place on Earth by National Geographic magazine!
Tortuguero Natural Park on the Caribbean coast is the place to head to for a chance to see sea turtles nesting on the beach (July-September). Year-round, the park’s river canals offer an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities.
The Central Highlands are home to low-lying cloud forests, of which Monteverde is the most famous. Hike along the forest floor or zip through the canopy, keeping your eyes peeled (and ears open!) for noisy howler monkeys, sloths and beautiful bird life.
Jungle meets the ocean at Costa Rica’s smallest but most popular National Park, Manuel Antonio. With easy access from San Jose, this established resort has restaurants, shops, hotels and a plethora of activities both on land and water, not forgetting a stunning tropical rainforest to explore!
For thrill-seekers, Arenal is the adventure capital, famous for its impressive conical volcano. Hike through the jungle, go white-water rafting, soar across the valleys on zip-lines or take to the water and enjoy a host of activities on Arenal Lake.
No holiday to Costa Rica is complete without some time on a sun-drenched beach. The country’s stretch of the Pacific Coast offers something for everyone, from the beautiful province of Guanacaste with its surf towns and luxury resorts around the Papagayo Peninsula to the deserted golden-sand beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula. Whatever takes your fancy, Costa Rica has you covered!
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When to go
December marks the start of the dry season with blue skies and sunshine being the norm until April. Christmas and Easter are the most popular times to travel so you should expect it to be busy and we recommend booking early to secure accommodation.
The Green Season runs from May-November, and if you are prepared for some rain, July-August is a good time to visit as there is a short period of reprieve from the heavy rains, which the locals call the “little summer”. It is usually sunny in the morning with tropical showers in the afternoon but do bear in mind the weather is much more unpredictable during these months.
We don’t recommend travelling in September and October as the rains are at their heaviest and some parts of the country can become inaccessible.
Flights: BA operates direct flights seasonally (typically November through to April) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The flight duration is approx. 11 hours. Alternatively, there are connecting flights via Europe, including Iberia (journey time via Madrid is approx. 16 hours). You can also travel via the Americas but the US will need a transit visa in the form of an ESTA.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 600 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/costa-rica
Time Zone: GMT-6
Capital City: San Jose
Where to Stay in Costa Rica
El Silencio - San Jose & Central Costa Rica
Parador Resort & Spa - Manuel Antonio
Manatus Hotel - Tortuguero
Nayara Tented Camp - Arenal
Punta Islita - Nicoya Peninsula
Arenal Springs Resort - Arenal
Andaz Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo - Guanacaste
Hotel Lagarta Lodge - Nicoya Peninsula