Tours of Costa Rica take you to emerald forests teeming with wildlife, towns full of history and culture and golden sandy beaches ideal for relaxing. Discover everything this vibrant country has to offer with one of our tour options below, or plan a bespoke luxury Costa Rica tour with our Destination Specialists.
Spend nine days exploring the top sights of the country on our Highlights of Costa Rica tour. Begin in San Jose, the capital, before seeing waterfalls, up to 333 species of birds and an exotic range of flora and fauna. Visit rainforests and the beautiful sandy coastline and journey through the Tortuguero Canals, where you might spot monkeys. Next, see the volcanoes at Arenal, try zip lining and visit the mineral hot springs. Next is Monteverde, where you can tour the coffee, sugar cane and chocolate plantations. Tasting is a must. Finish your tour in Manuel Antonio, where you can see four species of monkey and take a catamaran tour of the Pacific coast.
Explorers will enjoy our Costa Rican Adventure tour. Zip line above the tree line, hike forests and mountains, see turtles and take in views of thundering waterfalls over this nine day tour. Alternatively, blend adventure with beaches and relaxation on our Manuel Antonio Park and Beaches tour. Wander the walking trails in the dense rainforest before sipping cocktails on the beach, watching turtles nest and trying snorkelling trips. To discover the jungles and tropical wildlife, choose our Costa Rica Mystic Jungles or Costa Rica Tropical Wonders tour.
Costa Rica Highlights Tour
Costa Rica Cloud Forest Tour
“With so much diversity on display, it’s all too easy to miss sightings of the comically slow sloth. They hang high up in the trees of mangrove forests and make for great photos.”
“The more adventurous among you should absolutely take a zipline ride down the Arenal mountainscapes. It truly feels like you’re flying, and it’s an unforgettable way to take in the surroundings.”
“Bird-watchers should head to Sarapiqui – here you’ll find the likes of violet-crowned woodnymphs, green macaws, sun bitterns and so much more. Don’t forget your binoculars.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What currency is accepted in Costa Rica?
The official currency of Costa Rica is the colon, though US dollars are sometimes accepted in select retail establishments. As Costa Rican banks may place a limit on your ATM withdrawals with foreign cards, it is wholly recommended you convert your currency and withdraw what you need before arrival. Airport conversion rates will not be as favourable, and it’s worth remembering that you may find it hard to source an ATM during outdoor-orientated tours that maintain a focus on rainforests and mountain hikes.
What language do Costa Rican’s speak?
The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Locals will likely speak a Costa Rican variety of Spanish, so we do advise bringing a phrasebook specific to Costa Rica, rather than attempt to rely on standard Spanish phrasebooks. Escorted tour itineraries will be run by English-speaking guides and staff, but you should keep in mind that they may not always be fluent.
What is Costa Rica known for?
As one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet, Costa Rica is also a leading destination in sustainable ecotourism. With its fertile and rich volcanic soil, the country’s produces some of the finest gourmet coffee beans in the world, and its rainforests are also a source of cacao beans – a key ingredient in Costa Rica’s delicious chocolate. In addition, there is a staggeringly varied assortment of unique landscapes on offer here, many teeming with endemic wildlife and exotic flora.
Whether you’re seeking the golden sands and crystal-clear waters of Manuel Antonio, or you see yourself trekking through mysterious cloud forests, admiring the vibrant palette of Monteverde’s exotic flora and fauna, Costa Rica simply must be experienced, and should be on the top of your travel checklist.
Why you'll love Costa Rica...
• Wandering expansive coastlines and spotting dolphins at Manuel Antonio
• Embarking on a riverboat cruise through the waterways of Tortuguero National Park
• Exploring the cloud forests of Monteverde, shrouded in fog
• Ziplining down the mountains and taking in stunning views of Arenal Volcano
• Drinking delicious Costa Rican coffee on the Don Juan Coffee Tour
• Savouring the spices of the tasty Costa Rican rice and beans dish, Gallo Pinto
• Birdwatching in Sarapiqui
• Watching the sun set aboard a luxury catamaran cruise
• Taking a dip in the refreshing pools beneath the La Fortuna waterfall
• Discovering how Costa Rican chocolate is made
Did you know?
• In 2010, Nicaraguan troops mistakenly landed at a Costa Rican beach to claim ownership of the San Juan River area due to a mistake on Google Maps, which listed the area as under Nicaraguan control.
• Costa Rica has no army, and has forbidden a standing military since 1949.
• Costa Ricans often refer to their loved ones as ‘mi media naranja’, which loosely translates as ‘the other half of my orange’.
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