• Sloth in trees in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Holidays

With lush rainforest and magical cloud forests, white-sandy beaches, warm hot springs and smoking volcanoes, your holiday in Costa Rica is bound to delight you!

Costa Rica has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. With coastlines along both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, its beaches are diverse and uniquely beautiful. From the golden stretches of sand backed by dense jungle and chattering monkeys at Punta Uva to the volcanic black sand and nesting sea turtles at Ostional Beach, there is a perfect beach awaiting just you. If you like indulging in water sports then we recommend that you stick to the South Pacific coastline, particularly to Playa Dominical and Tamarindo, for some exceptional surfing spots.

The miles of spectacular beaches are fringed by Costa Rica’s lush rainforest, misty cloud forest and towering mountains and volcanoes. Do ensure your tailor made holiday in Costa Rica includes a visit to the imposing and incredibly majestic Arenal Volcano. Incredibly, this volcano was spewing large amounts of lava, gas and ash on a daily basis right up until 2010. You can take a scenic hike to admire this sleeping giant’s impressive silhouette, or admire the view from one of the blissfully relaxing natural warm baths at Arenal Hot Springs.

Adventure holidays in Costa Rica

To explore Costa Rica’s most untouched and unspoiled rainforest, head to the Osa Peninsula in the south. Here you’ll find the Corcovado National Park, which is known as the world’s most pristine and biodiverse rainforest. If you are lucky, you might come face to face with a sloth or be able to admire the colourful bill of a toucan. You will likely hear the unusual and energetic call of howler monkeys. This ecologically intense region of Costa Rica is a wonderland of wildlife delights.

Cloaked mysteriously in cool mist, Monteverde Cloud Forest is another ideal stop during your Costa Rica holiday. Whether you soar over the canopy on ziplines, traverse the tree tops on hanging bridges, or explore the rich wildlife on horseback, you will never be bored here. Nature lovers will delight in the 400 tropical bird species, as well as the tapirs, monkeys, jaguars and pumas that live here. Trail through the jungle accompanied by the natural soundtrack of exotic birdsong and monkeys as they hop from vine to tree. Interesting wildlife sightings in Monteverde Cloud Forest are guaranteed.

Costa Rica is now easier to get to thanks to direct flights with British Airways. Call us today and our Destination Specialist will help tailor your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Witness the sea turtles coming onto the Tortuguero’s palm-fringed beach to nest
  • Bathe in the warm waters of the natural hot springs and admire the majestic view of the looming Arenal Volcano
  • Take a fascinating guided tour of Corcovado National Park and explore Costa Rica’s most remote rainforest that brims with colourful exotic flora and fauna
  • Whizz through the verdant tree canopy and clouds on a zipwire at the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Time Zone

GMT - 6

Flight Time

Approx.11–12 hours; direct flights are available from London Gatwick three times a week in winter and twice a week in summer. Indirect flights are available from other UK airports.

Currency

Costa Rican colón (CRC)

Visa Information

British citizens will not require a visa for travel to Costa Rica.

Language

Spanish

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is all about eco-adventure. Its impossibly beautiful waterfalls, crater lakes and cloud forests are like no other place on Earth. This rugged country holds five per cent of the world’s biodiversity and you’ll discover rare animal species such as the slow-moving sloth and the fascinating quetzals, a bird which the ancient Mayans considered sacred.

  • Volcan Arenal

    Arenal Volcano and Lake

    Standing 5,358 feet tall above the stunning Lake Arenal, it’s possible this active volcano could render you speechless. Hiking or riding on horseback are fantastic ways to explore this cloud-piercing peak and you can’t miss the Tabacón Hot Springs.

  • Zip lining in Costa Rica

    National parks and rainforest

    We highly recommend you take a zip-wire adventure through the Monteverde Cloud Forest – there’s no feeling quite like it. When you spot turtles nesting in Tortuguero National Park, the ‘Venice of Costa Rica’, you’ll be in awe of the wildlife.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is hot and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 24°C - 31°C. The best weather - and the best time to visit Costa Rica - is during the dry season, which runs from December to April. The rainy season lasts from May to November, peaking in August through to October.

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31ºC
9mm

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31ºC
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32ºC
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24ºC
45mm

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24ºC
169mm

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31ºC
206mm

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31ºC
140mm

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31ºC
192mm

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30ºC
240mm

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31ºC
290mm

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31ºC
137mm

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31ºC
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  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Make sure you take a night safari, as you will get to see creatures rarely seen during daylight hours, such as tarantulas, bats, green vipers, scorpions and the famous sloth! Our expert guides know exactly where to find them with their super-strong torches.”

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    “Although, not for the fainthearted, the zip-lines of Costa Rica (of which there are many) are well worth trying. Great fun if you’re an adventure seeker, the zipline propels you through the air, high above the forest canopy at super-fast speeds.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “Explore Poás Volcanic National Park and discover the largest active crater in the world with its boiling acidic lake nestled in its centre. Stand awestruck at the sight of the summit’s rain-fed sulfuric lake as it bubbles and puffs smoke. On a clear day you are often able to see both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts from the summit!”

Costa Rica offers a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • International Arts festival

    This 10-day festival in March brings international actors, dancers and artists to Costa Rica’s capital, San José. You can enjoy watching a variety of dance, theatre and musical arts performances in various locations across the capital.

  • Las Fiestas Palmares

    Las Fiestas Palmares is a two-week festival in January and is the biggest cowboy party in the country. If you want to watch stunt riders perform tricks on horseback then this is your festival. More than one million people join this street festival in the small city of Palmares. Observe horse parades and rodeos, and enjoy the carnivals, live music and infinite supplies of beer. The highlight event is at the opening of the festival when the ‘Tope’ or horse parade kicks things off. Riders from across the county take part in their fancy cowboy hats and boots, and show off their beautiful horses in a grand parade.

Costa Rica’s food plays to the strength of its fresh tropical fruit and vegetables that are grown on the volcanic fertile soil. Most of the dishes are mild in flavour, and black beans and rice are a main staple in most of the meals.

  • Gallo Pinto

    Gallo pinto is a breakfast dish primarily made of rice and black beans. Gallo pinto literally translates as ‘speckled rooster’, which refers to the rice: when the rice is mixed with the black beans it changes colour, appearing speckled. It is often mixed with red bell peppers, onions, coriander, and salsa lizano to add extra flavour.

  • Sopa Negra

    Sopa negra is a traditional soup prepared with black beans, peppers, coriander, onions, tomatoes, spices, and hard boiled eggs. This combination of ingredients may seem unusual, but together they blend to create a delicious and filling soup.

Our Costa Rica destinations

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Costa Rica

Arenal

Arenal
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Costa Rica

Playa Matapalo

Playa Matapalo
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Costa Rica

San Jose

San Jose

Types of Costa Rica holidays

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Costa Rica Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Always be prepared for rainfall in Costa Rica, however you’re likely to enjoy the driest weather here from December to April on the Pacific coast and March to September on the Caribbean coast with highs of 25°C. During May, June and November, it becomes very green and humidity can reach 90%.

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