Discover the wonders of Costa Rica on our escorted group tours and tailor-made holidays, covering the main sites and a range of activities from canopy zip-lining and white water rafting to river kayaking and snorkelling.

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.

Top Costa Rica Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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The Way To San Jose - 15 days Antigua 09 Jul 2017 USD $2,048 was $2,275 10% off The Way To San Jose - 15 days Map
Wild Costa Rica - 9 days San Jose, Costa Rica 23 Jul 2017 USD $1,229 was $1,365 10% off Wild Costa Rica  - 9 days Map
Costa Rica Calling - 14 days San Jose, Costa Rica 23 Jul 2017 USD $1,877 was $2,085 10% off Costa Rica Calling - 14 days Map
Costa Rica to Panama - 14 days San Jose, Costa Rica 03 Sep 2017 USD $2,066 was $2,295 10% off Costa Rica to Panama - 14 days Map
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Costa Rica Group Tours

Wild Costa Rica

9 days | FROM USD $1,365

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

Costa Rica Calling

14 days | FROM USD $2,085

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

Costa Rica to Panama

14 days | FROM USD $2,295

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

The Way To San Jose

15 days | FROM USD $2,275

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

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.

Costa Rica Private Tours

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Tico Traveller

9 Days | FROM USD $1,455

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

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Costa Rica Coast to Coast

12 Days | FROM USD $3,045

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

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Costa Rica Encompassed

11 Days | FROM USD $2,185

Discover the delights of Costa Rica on this 11 day tour which offers a...

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

Our private tours in Costa Rica include all your transportation ensuring you get from A to B with minimal hassle. As well as guided excursions in the key sites, we ensure our itineraries have enough free time for you to enjoy Costa Rica at your leisure and choose from a range of activities on the day, the ultimate in flexibility.

Explore the verdant landscapes of Costa Rica with our bespoke tailor-made holidays.

Tailor-made Holidays

Thinking about planning an adventure to Costa Rica this year? Our team of expert tailor made consultants are at hand to help you create that dream holiday, suited exactly to your needs. All you need to do is tell them where you’d like to go, the standard of accommodation you prefer and your budget, then they’ll put together an itinerary full of exciting experiences and tweak it until it’s perfect.

Costa Rica tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.25 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews — See All Costa Rica Reviews

Becky has by far been the best tour guide l've had so far!! She made everything so ready and a truly wonderful experience!! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone ❤️”  

Cecilia Llarena • Submitted 4 Nov 2016

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”  

Claire Martin • 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)”  

Emma Hauenstein • Submitted 18 Jun 2015

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A paradise for nature lovers
Exotic wildlife and outdoor adventures

Costa Rica's tropical forests are home to a staggering diversity of wildlife from screeching howler monkeys to sleepy sloths, toucans to the elusive jaguar. Spot the stars of Costa Rica's incredible animal kingdom in the misty Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, relax on the pristine beaches of the Manual Antonio National Park, dive among the colourful coral reefs of Cahuita National Park or hike around the perfect conical-shaped Arenal Volcano - the options are endless.

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Recommended places to visit in Costa Rica

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.

Central Valley - Verdant Scenery

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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.

Manuel Antonio - Coastal National Park

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Manuel Antonio NP | Costa Rica

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.

Monteverde - Misty Cloud Forest

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Monteverde Cloudforest | Costa Rica

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.

Tortuguero - Turtle haven

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A loggerhead turtle | Costa Rica | Central America | Photo courtesy: ZA Photos

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.

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.

Arenal Volcano | Costa Rica | Central America

Best Places to Visit

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

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic conditions in Costa Rica

Top Travel Tips

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

Our guide to Costa Rica's best beaches

Costa Rica's Best Beaches

Our choice of top 10 beaches

Costa Rica Wildlife Guide

Our guide to the country's favourite species

Style of travel

More about our tours to Costa Rica including transport

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements and procurement for Costa Rica

Get to know Costa Rica

Recommended Reading

  • The Ticos: Culture and Social Change
    by Richard Biesanz
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    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.

Useful Online Resources:

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