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Costa Rica Tours

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.

With a range of Costa Rica guided group tours as well as classic private itineraries that include the country's top sites, we hope to welcome you on holiday soon.

Costa Rica | Central America
Styles of Travel to Costa Rica
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.

Wild Costa Rica

9 days | FROM USD $1,489

Spend 9 exhilarating days experiencing the wonders of Costa Rica - a...

Costa Rica Calling

14 days | FROM USD $2,099

From San Jose discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica. Relax on the...

Costa Rica to Panama

14 days | FROM USD $2,429

From San Jose to Panama City, travel to the beautiful Pacific Coast of...

The Way To San Jose

15 days | FROM USD $2,479

Travelling from Antigua to San Jose, discover the magnificent Mayan of...

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

Picture of a sandy beach in Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica

Tico Traveller

9 Days | FROM USD $1,279

Depart San Jose and explore some of Costa Rica's key sites including...

Costa Rica | Central America

Costa Rica Coast to Coast

12 Days | FROM USD $2,879

Spend 12 exciting days seeing Costa Rica from both coasts. Visit the A...

Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica | Central America

Pura Vida!

14 Days | FROM USD $5,129

Take an in-depth journey around Costa Rica. Start in San Jose before...

Costa Rica tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews — See All Costa Rica Reviews

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

I really enjoyed the 9 day 'Wild Costa Rica' tour i did that started on 22nd Feb. I played it safe by arriving in San Jose on the 20th to give me enough time to settle and look around San Jose before the trip officially started. When i was in the hotel lobby early on the 22nd the guide Cesar saw me and asked me if i was one of the party and he introduced himself when i said yes. I found the printout that was up in the lobby about the start of the tour useful too.

I found the tour was well organised and timsecales for meeting up on certain mornings for travel and optional guide reasonable and liked the flexibility of tour to spend time doing things you wanted if you didn't opt for any optional tours. I especially liked the way Cesar organised meals out in advance so we just walked in to various eateries and had a table of up to 14 already reserved.

I can't of any major criticisms of the tour apart from the accommodation we stayed in for 2 nights in La Fortuna called Cabinas Oriuma was a little poor with a lot of noise from nearby streets a little too audible throughout the night and when it rained heavily it sounded like the roof was paper thin and i and others commented we didn't get the best nights sleep.

Overall i had a really good time though and thank all involved for organising it.


Matthew Sinclair”  

• Submitted 11 Mar 2015

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.

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Recommended places to visit in Costa Rica

Our Top Pick for Costa Rica
#1 Monteverde

The spread-out village of Monteverde enjoys a prime location between the two cloud forests of the Santa Elena Reserve and the famed Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. With a number of European mountain-style resorts, the is...

Our Pick for Costa Rica
#2 Central Valley
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#3 Manuel Antonio
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#4 Tortuguero
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#5 San Ramon

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. ”  

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.


Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Bird watching | Costa Rica | Central America

Best time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica | Central America

Best Places To Visit

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


Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Costa Rica and info on getting your visa

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Get to know Costa Rica

Recommended Reading

  • The Ticos: Culture and Social Change
    by Richard Biesanz
  • Mamita Yunai
    by Carlos Luis Fallas
  • Tropical Nature
    by Adrian Forsyth
Did you know...?

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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