Costa rica

‘Pura Vida!’ meaning ‘pure life’ is the welcoming greeting you hear all over this tropical paradise, fitting for a country that embraces the natural world.

Take your pick from dense rainforests, rugged mountains, smoky volcanoes, misty cloud forests, refreshing waterfalls or vast stretches of white sandy beaches fringing two different Oceans. Anything is possible on your Costa Rican holiday.

Costa Ricans value their nation’s natural heritage and protect a larger proportion of the country than any other, with a national park system that has won worldwide admiration since its inception in 1970.

It’s also packed full of wildlife, sheltering an enormous 5% of the world’s flora and fauna.  As a result, bird watching is highly rewarding, with innumerable species to see and hear, while other wildlife is also abundant, from tiny tree frogs to majestic jaguars, from the smallest bug on the forest floor to the howler monkey in the canopy.

Being a relatively small country, it’s possible to design trips which see a number of these eco-systems as well as having a ‘beach holiday’ to round it off. We have some incredible places to stay throughout the country from wooden jungle lodges to chic boutique beach hotels.

The locals, known as ticos, are the friendliest people you can meet and due to their enthusiasm make great guides. Apart from having lazy days on secluded beaches we can also build in bird watching, yachting, deep-sea fishing, cycling, ballooning, hiking, horse riding, scuba diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking or surfing (to name just a few) into your itinerary.

A great place for romantic getaways and honeymoons, family adventures and activity holidays.  Like all our Costa Rica holidays we start from a blank piece of paper and build an itinerary based around your tastes and budget.

 

When to go:

Costa Rica can be visited all year round but the best months would be between October and June

All our tailor made Costa Rica holidays are individually designed, but as a guide we can arrange a 12 day itinerary from £3,000 including flights.

Guides:

Arenal

Watch the smoky, active volcano and natural fireworks of lava tumbling down its slopes from the hot springs of Tabacon

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Corcovado & Osa Peninsula

For a wild jungle experience head for the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park to see pristine rainforest, macaws and rare species like jaguars

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Guanacaste & Nicoya Peninsula

A wonderfully romantic and secluded area of sandy beaches, ideal for a honeymoon, turtle-watching and surfing

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Manuel Antonio

A favourite destination for nature-lovers and bird-watchers with palm-fringed beaches, scenic gems and rocky peninsulas

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Monteverde

See the huge variety of bird life in the misty volcanic slopes of the cloud forest. Watch out for Costa Rica’s national bird – the resplendent quetzal

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San José & The Central Valley

Sip on a freshly roasted coffee in the lush central valley while learning about the production of Costa Rica’s biggest export

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Tortuguero & The Caribbean Coast

One of the best places to see green turtles as they come ashore at night to lay their eggs or when their young hatch and head back into the water

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1. Santa Rosa Nat Park
2. Sugar Beach
3. Rincon de la Vieja volcano
4. Nicoya Peninsula
5. Caño Negro
6. Monteverde
7. Arenal
8. San Jose
9. Sarapiqui
10. Manuel Antonio Nat Park
11. Tortuguero
12. Corcovado Nat Park (Osa Peninsula)
13. Puerto Limon

"We loved it from the moment we flew in, our third truly memorable holiday with SLA"

J & K Cooper

"Tours we're all different and not one disappointed"

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"Hotel was fantastic the staff were efficient and helpful and the Xandari was quirky, a post modern experience"

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