Costa Rica Travel with On The Go 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.
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Upcoming Costa Rica Trips
|Trip Name||Starts||Departing||From USD||Deal||Map|
|Wild Costa Rica - 9 days||San Jose, Costa Rica||08 Apr 2017||USD $1,295|||
|Costa Rica Calling - 14 days||San Jose, Costa Rica||08 Apr 2017||USD $1,975|||
|The Way To San Jose - 15 days||Antigua , Costa Rica||16 Apr 2017||USD $2,155|||
|Costa Rica to Panama - 14 days||San Jose, Costa Rica||30 Apr 2017||USD $2,195|||
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. Use our tour search function to find your perfect Costa Rica adventure.
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
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.
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
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 ❤️”
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”
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)”
Recent Travel Articles on Costa-Rica
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Costa Rica
Information on climatic conditions in Costa Rica
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Our choice of top 10 beaches
Our guide to the country's favourite species
More about our tours to Costa Rica including transport
Visa requirements and procurement for Costa Rica
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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).
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.