Costa Rica Tailor-made Holidays
Costa Rica calling in 2019
Whether you want to explore the cosmopolitan capital of San Jose, visit the verdant coffee plantations and charming towns of the Central Valley, wander through the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest or relax on the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park, we're here to help plan that perfect tailor-made holiday to Costa Rica. Incorporating your interests and passions, whether a love of wildlife, delicious food, local culture, beach-side relaxation or outdoor adventure, we’ll design an itinerary just for you, ensuring that your holiday to Costa Rica is one of a kind.
To help plan when to go, we've put together a handy guide to the best time to visit with information on Costa Rica's climate and a selection of popular festivals and events taking place in 2019.
Must-see highlights of a tailormade holiday to Costa Rica
Sample the cosmopolitan capital of San Jose or head to the verdant Central Valley, home to many plantations and attractive towns. Feel the ground shake beneath your feet at the base of the dramatic Arenal Volcano or experience a bird’s eye view in the lush Monteverde Cloud Forest. Go hiking through coastal rainforest in Corcovado, witness turtles hatching on the beach of Tortuguero and kick back on the gorgeous beaches of Manual Antonio National Park.
Inspirations for a holiday in Costa Rica
Planning a tailor made holiday to Costa Rica and want to include some unique experiences in your itinerary? Read through a few of our suggestions below to help get you started.
Why just look at a waterfall when you can climb through it? Waterfall rappelling is the perfect way to get the adrenaline pumping whilst also cooling off from the fierce Costa Rican heat. Similar to abseiling, the only difference is the addition of water cascading on to you as you make your descent. With so many waterfalls across the country, this experience allows you to completely immerse yourself in their beauty in a unique and thrilling way. The most Popular destinations for this activity include Arenal, Manuel Antonio and Rincón de la Vieja.
Costa Rica is more than just rainforests and toucans. Its coastline offers some fantastic surfing opportunities for everyone, from small ripples for beginners to crashing waves for pros. Areas like Dominical, Tamarindo and Jaco have some of the best beaches for surfing and are jam packed full of all-inclusive surf schools as well as independent surfers who offer lessons in exchange for beer money.
Thanks to its volcanic landscape, Costa Rica is speckled with hot springs and bubbling mud pools. These naturally heated pockets of water and mud contain numerous minerals, which are alleged to have curative properties. One of the best places to go for this experience is Rincon de la Vieja, where you can paint volcanic mud onto your body, leave it to harden and then jump into one of the springs to wash it off. Your skin should feel baby smooth by the end.
Can’t function in the morning until you’ve had a steaming mug of aromatic coffee? Then you won’t want to leave Costa Rica without sampling a brew from the country’s first gourmet coffee roaster, Cafe Britt. Just a short drive from San Jose, this coffee plantation makes for the perfect day trip where you can learn about the coffee-making process, visit a working coffee farm and sample the final product.
While there are plenty of animals to ogle at inland, some of the most magnificent creatures can be found just off the coast. Costa Rica’s Pacific coast sees hundreds of whales and dolphins who have come in search of warmer waters. The king of these marine wonders is, without a doubt, the humpback whale, which can be seen consistently from mid-July until March – one of the longest humpback seasons in the world.
Considered a gift of the gods by ancient Mesoamerican cultures, chocolate might not be used as currency any more but it certainly hasn’t lost its lofty status and universal adoration. If you have a sweet tooth or are simply curious to know where chocolate comes from, a chocolate tour is a must. During the session you will learn all about the production process, from bean to bar and, of course, there will be plenty of sampling to consolidate your learning.
Suggested Tailor-made Holiday itineraries for Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a nature lover's and outdoor adventurer's dream with stunning national parks and marine reserves. Our recommended itineraries take in the best of these parks from Tortuguero on the Caribbean coast to Manual Antonio on the Pacific with cloudforests and volcanoes added in for good measure. If you have somewhere specific in mind, scroll down to use our interactive map.
Costa Rica, c'est chic
From historic hotels in the capital and peaceful retreats along the coast to eco friendly lodges nestled in the rainforest and stylish boutiques by the beach, Costa Rica offers a wonderfully diverse range of properties. Whether you want to stay in a converted Victorian mansion in San Jose, surround yourself by the natural beauty of Tortuguero National Park or overlook the Arenal Valley from your infinity pool – the choice is yours!