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The tiny nation of Costa Rica is a peaceful and staggeringly beautiful oasis located along the narrowest strip of Central America. Bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean the country boasts idyllic white-sand beaches with world-class surf waves and colourful marine life. Being one of the most biologically diverse places on earth and nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, the landscape in beautiful Costa Rica varies from smouldering volcanoes, lofty mountains to lush cloud forests and marshy low lands with and a rich variety of flora and fauna as well.

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As the locals say, Pura Vida!
A paradise for nature lovers

Costa Rica's tropical forests are home to screeching howler monkeys, sleepy sloths, toucans and the elusive jaguar. Spot the stars of Costa Rica's incredible animal kingdom in the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest, Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero National Park. Watch glowing lava flow from the Arenal Volcano and take a dip in the nearby springs. Relax on the pristine beaches of the Manual Antonio National Park, watch hatchling turtles along the coast of Tortuguero and hike along the coastal rainforest of Corcovado.

Costa Rica Group Tours

Accompanied by a knowledgeable tour leader, our Costa Rica group tours are a sociable way to experience the country's highlights with plenty of free time to explore national parks or opt for a variety of activities. Using public transport and staying in a range of locally-owned hotels, guesthouses, homestays and jungle lodges, you'll be assured of a truly authentic travel experience in Costa Rica, with plenty of opportunities to meet the locals along the way. You can also combine a tour of Costa Rica with neighbouring Guatemala and Panama.

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Costa Rica Private Tours

Discover Costa Rica's most popular spots on our private journeys including the capital city of San Jose, iconic Arenal volcano and spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park. Visit the Orosi Valley, encounter stunning wildlife in Tortuguero National Park & Monteverde Cloud Forest and dip your toes in either the Caribbean Sea on Costa Rica's east coast or the Pacific Ocean on the west. read more

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Costa Rica tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.14 out of 5 based on 7 recent reviews — See All Costa Rica Reviews

I think the tour stayed one day too long in La Fortuna and Tourtugera. Otherwise I loved it.

Cesar was great, went out of his way to help me on the tour and with advice for the remainder of my trip”  

• Submitted 14 Dec 2015

First off, my tour guide was great. I'm gluten intolerant and she made sure I ate well. She also made my birthday very special. It was great getting to know her as well. I'd go on another tour with her.

I had a lot of fun on the tour. Although, Costa Rica is more than $50 a day and I don't think it should be advertised as $30-$50. That's the only negative thing I have to say.

We got really lucky with the rain since we went in rainy season. I was disappointed in Boquete but, the other cities made up for it. Thank you Hollie for booking everything for me. And thank you Becky for being a great tour guide! (Ps. She also barbecued for us and did a great job)”  

• Submitted 18 Jun 2015

Becky was excellent throughout, giving support and advice where needed but also giving us space to enjoy ourselves. The main towns that we visited were also great. ”  

• Submitted 15 Apr 2015

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Travelling on a tour to Costa Rica

Discover the wonders of Costa Rica's national parks and Pacific Coast on one of our group tours or private tours to Costa Rica. We also offer a range of optional activities on our group tours in Costa Rica, from canopy zip-lining and white water rafting to river kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. If you are looking for a longer tour, we recommend exploring the country's tropical Caribbean Coast and crossing into neighbouring Panama, with its beautiful beaches, reefs of Bocas del Toro and Panama City, home to the world’s most famous canal.

With such an outstanding biodiversity protected by a multitude of national parks and marine reserves, Costa Rica is a dream outdoor destination and to help get you started we've put together a selection of our favourite spots in Costa Rica worth visiting.

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Misty Cloud Forest

Monteverde

Encompassing 26,000 acres of pristine cloudforest, the Monteverde Reserve is home to a diverse range of species including the resplendent quetzal, howler monkeys and sloths, alongside some 2,500 different plant species. It's also a fantastic example of sustainable tourism with income from entrance fees directed back into educative, preservation and research programs.

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Verdant scenery

Central Valley

With lush mountains carpeted with plantations and agricultural terraces, the Central Valley is a particularly scenic region and home to over two thirds of Costa Rica's population. A number of attractive towns dot the region and serve as important centres of arts and crafts with regular markets perfect for a spot of souvenir shopping as well as a host of outdoor activities from bungee jumping to trekking.

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Turtle haven

Tortuguero

Situated in the northeast of the country on the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero National Park is famous for the turtle that come to its stunning beaches to nest. Giant leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead and the endangered green turtles all come here during the nesting season of July to October with 22 miles of beach protected for this very reason.

Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica
Active Volcano

Arenal

Formed some 7,000 years ago and rising to a height of 5,437 feet, Arenal volcano is one of Costa Rica's most iconic natural features. Overlooking the pretty Lake Arenal and ringed by green pastures at its base, there's plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure around the volcano, a safer option now that the volcano is in a resting phase! For the past 50 years Arenal has been Costa Rica's most active volcano with regular mini eruptions of glowing lava.

Manuel Antonio NP | Costa Rica
Coastal National Park

Manuel Antonio

Located on the Pacific Coast and encompassing a varied landscape of stunning beaches, steamy rainforest and beautiful lagoons, Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's most popular national parks. A plethora of wildlife can be found in Manuel Antonio including sloth, pelican, white-faced monkeys and iguanas, and it's a great spot for bird watching. Water-based activities from white water rafting to paddle boarding and diving around the 12 offshore islands are also a major drawcard.

Costa Rica Travel Guide

From visas to food, money to weather, there's plenty you need to know before you go so here's our essential guide on travel to Costa Rica.

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Information on climatic and weather conditions in Costa Rica

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Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Costa Rica

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Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Costa Rica and info on getting your visa

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Recommended Reading

  • The Ticos: Culture and Social Change
    by Richard Biesanz
  • Mamita Yunai
    by Carlos Luis Fallas
  • Tropical Nature
    by Adrian Forsyth
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Facts about Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica is host to more than 5% of the world's biodiversity with 20,000 different kinds of spider alone!
  • The country claims a 96% literacy rate with classes taught over national radio for poorer communities.
  • Costa Ricans have at least a dozen terms for rain - from drizzly pelo de gato (cat hair) to a baldazo or aguacero (downpour).

Costa Rica Travel Advice:

We keep informed of the latest travel guidance to Costa Rica and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for Costa Rica:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Costa Rica Tourist Organisation site and the latest Costa Rica Weather Updates from the BBC.

COSTA RICA TRAVEL BLOGS: Inspire your travel plans with this selection of blogs - Inside Costa Rica, De la Pura Vida and Costa Rica.

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