Costa Rica Travel Guide
Plan your unforgettable adventure to Costa Rica with our collection of travel guide resources. Here you'll find loads of useful information on the top attractions from biologically diverse national parks to volcanoes and beaches, plus an overview of when to go for the best weather conditions. There's also a section dedicated to visas so you won't be caught out and you can also learn more about the style of travel of our group tours in Costa Rica and the rest of Central America with details on transport and accommodation.
Places on our must-see list for any visit to Costa Rica with national parks and beaches
Plan your visit with the best beach weather or with the rains for lush landscapes
Perfect for those wanting to know about the currency, food, voltage, duty free and more
Our choice of top beaches in Costa Rica, when best to visit and recommended hotels
A guide to the country's favourite species & where to find them from big cats to birds
- The Ticos: Culture and Social Change
by Richard Biesanz
- Mamita Yunai
by Carlos Luis Fallas
- Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth
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 for UK Travellers
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 when planning your trip.
Flying to Costa Rica from the UK:
Costa Rica is around a 15 hour flight from the UK with the majority of flights flying indirect. San Jose is the capital city and the joining point for our group tours that start in Costa Rica. From London the quickest flight option is with British Airways at under 11 hours who offer a direct route from Gatwick to San Jose. BA fly on Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the winter. Another good option from London is with Iberia via Madrid with short transit times. If departing from Manchester then Virgin Atlantic and United Airlines are good 1-stop options. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and can assist with your international flight booking to Costa Rica.