The pioneer of eco-tourism, barely 200 miles wide and extending majestically from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is one of those places that really does have to be seen to be believed.

"The variations in climate and beautiful and intense natural landscapes are truly amazing."

Jam-packed with rainforests, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, caves, natural and hot springs, national parks, forest reserves, and rivers meandering through mountains – not to mention countless species of flora and fauna across its seven provinces (Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas and San José ). Little wonder this green, serene, and safe country has been crowned ‘world’s happiest’. It’s one of Central America’s most-visited destinations for adventurers, too.

Not one but two gorgeous coastlines of over 800 miles are shared between the Pacific and Caribbean sides of the country, and you’ll find just about every kind of adventure imaginable… zip-lining, sky-diving, jumping off waterfalls, repelling, cave explorations, horse-riding, 4×4 runs, and jet-skiing, plus some of the world’s best diving, snorkelling, and accessible marine life.

And that’s just for starters – there’s nothing to the wonder you’ll feel on seeing its most popular residents, the sloths; hearing a troop of howler monkeys at dusk; or watching a V-formation of pelicans flying over your lounger. Our number one reason for loving Costa Rica though? It was the first country in the Americas to ban recreational hunting… now isn’t that something?

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    San José

  • Time Difference

    GMT -6 hours

  • Best Time to Visit

    December to May

  • Currency

    Costa Rican Colon (US Dollars are widely accepted).

Costa Rica

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Choose from the cream of Costa Rica's finest properties.

  • Hotel Grano de Oro San José

    A taxi-ride from San José’s most popular attractions, this boutique ‘grain of gold’ is one of the city’s warmest, most welcoming hotels.

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  • El Silencio Lodge & Spa The Central Valley

    Here at El Silencio, the lands are lush, the air feels fresher, and the stunning waterfalls, forest and mystical landscapes will stay with you forever.

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  • Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens La Fortuna De San Carlos, Alajuela Province

    With striking eco-luxury casitas and villas in the heart of the jungle, and unobstructed volcano vistas, Nayara is one of the world’s most romantic hotels, and an excellent base for family friendly eco-adventures.

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  • Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort La Fortuna De San Carlos, Alajuela Province

    In a rainforest setting so tropical you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve arrived in the Garden of Eden, Tabacón is a dream come true, particularly for sybaritic spa escapes.

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  • Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Monteverde Cloud Forest

    A homely, laid-back lodge full of rustic rainforest charm. Guests are spoilt for choice off-site with canopy-hiking, guided bird-watching, horse-riding and zip-lining.

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  • Pacuare Lodge Caribbean Coast

    Adventure rules this part of Costa Rica: and at this National Geographic ‘Unique Lodge of the World’, the excitement begins even before you get there!

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  • Kura Design Villas South Pacific Coast

    A boutique hotel high in the Uvita rainforest, and an exclusive destination in its own right, this sultry adults-only utopia sets the stage for ultra-personalised luxury, relaxation and privacy.

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  • Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort South Pacific Coast

    South of San José, high atop a mountain, Hacienda AltaGracia uncovers the traditional agricultural town of Pérez Zeledón, is one of the country’s last hidden havens, and a must-see on any Costa Rican itinerary.

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  • Gaia Hotel & Reserve Central Pacific Coast

    Surrounded by dense, wildlife-packed jungle, this sleek, adults-only, boutique eco-friendly retreat is fashionable, friendly and fun.

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  • Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort Central Pacific Coast

    Manuel Antonio’s only luxury beachfront resort and a great base from which to explore, nestled in 11 acres of rainforest with extensive hiking trails and two tree-shaded sandy beaches.

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  • Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Peninsula Papagayo

    A luxury launch-pad into boundless adventures, with a dreamy hillside, ocean-breeze-cooled tropical scene-scape, and sound effects courtesy of chirping parrots and bellowing howler monkeys.

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  • Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo Peninsula Papagayo

    Architecturally stunning, sensational Culebra Bay views and immersive, nature-, water-, and adventure-focused experiences on polished Peninsula Papagayo.

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  • Latitude 10° Resort Nicoya Peninsula

    Originally built as a private summer hang-out, Latitude 10° is the sort of place you’ll trade stories with friends you’ve just met. Wake to the sound of surf. Swim. Explore. Relax.

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  • Tierra Magnifica Boutique Resort Nicoya Peninsula

    Resting on a hillside high above Nosara, adults-only Tierra Magnifica fuses the finest elements of a full-service boutique resort and the exclusivity of a tropical estate.

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  • Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas Guanacaste

    Eclectic luxuries meet endless adventures at this heavenly, show-stopping hideaway; while warm Costa Rican kind-heartedness sets the tone for a serene adults-only sojourn.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Canopy Adventure Tour

    Canopy Adventure Tour

    A fun, adrenaline-fuelled, zip-lining and rappelling adventure has you flying through the jungle on eight different cables, seeing the jungle as the birds do – from above!

  2. Hanging Bridges Hike

    Hanging Bridges Hike

    A unique way to discover the hidden secrets of the Arenal Volcano area in the jungle, as you walk right into it throughout a two-mile circuit. This fun, informative walk allows you close contact with the forest.

  3. Monteverde Cloud Forest

    Monteverde Cloud Forest

    Cited as one of the planet’s premier cloud forest reserves, Monteverde is a real treat for amateur botanists, with plenty to see both on the ground and in the air, thanks to the out-of-this-world nature trails and abundant flora and fauna.