Costa Rica Holidays

Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in the world for travellers with tourism booming in recent decades. By booking a holiday to Costa Rica you will get to see miles of beautiful beaches, stunning rainforests, amazing wildlife, beautiful natural wonders, rich cultures and warm and friendly people. This country is also very safe and there is modern infrastructure for travelers - thousands of people visit every year - you will be blown away by the natural beauty. Search our travel packages and holidays today.


 
 

Holidays to Costa Rica in 2017 & 2018

Discover the best of Costa Rica by searching our authentic activity, adventure, eco, ethical and wildlife holidays.

Costa Rica Travel Guide

Costa Rica Travel Guide

  • Capital: San Jose (Population: 300,000 approx)
  • Currency: Costa Rica Colon (CRC) $1 = 500CRC / £1 = 787CRC 
  • Population: 4,500,000 (approx)
  • Language: Spanish + local languages
  • Area: 50,000 sq km (approx)
  • International Calling Code +506
  • Visa: Most nationalities can get a tourist visa on arrival
  • Transport: The cheapest way to travel around Costa Rica is by public transport but sometimes this is very basic without air conditioning and also very cramped. There is a quick and reliable overland public bus service in Costa Rica which is very cheap. There is also a private bus service connecting the country which will offer you a higher level of comfort but you will sometimes pay triple the price of the public service. 
  • Food & Drink: Cuisine in Costa Rica is very tasty, there is Western and Latin options available. All major fastfood outlets are available in Costa Rica but this is a lot more expensive than local cafes. A lot of travelers drink bottle water and have no issues, bottled water can be expensive especially on hostels so bulk buy in supermarkets.
  • Safety: Costa Rica is the oldest democracy in Central America and a very safe country to travel. The citizens of Costa Rica call themselves “Ticos” and we like to think that that they are among the nicest people on earth.
  • Budget: This country is more expensive than other countries in Central America but it is still cheap compared to Western standards. You should budget for around £15 ($25) per day but this depends if you join excursions. You might be surprised by how high some of the prices are for example a bottle of water can be around £2 ($3) which is more than in some Western countries. San Jose is where most flights arrive and this is quite an expensive city to stay in so try to travel out quickly. Street food and snacks cost around £1 ($1.50) whilst dinner out might cost anywhere from £3-£8 ($5-$12). A lot of travellers choose to drink the local water and you should have no problems doing this, you can expect to save a lot of money this way too as like we detailed above bottled water can be expensive.

 

Costa Rica Vacations

Highlights of Costa Rica

  • Ttaking part in adventure sports like surfing in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
  • Seeing exotic animals at the Parque Nacional Corcovado
  • There are not many countries in the world you can climb an active volcano
  • During summer (June - August) travel to Tortuguero and watch sea turtles hatching eggs on the beach
  • Relaxing on white sandy Caribbean beaches and learn to surf
  • Visiting a National Park, there are so many to choose from
  • At the end of December Costa Ricans celebrate 'Las Fiestas de Zapote' in South-Eastern San José - this is amazing to see!
  • Costa Rica is blessed with a stunning coast line, we recommend seeing Playa Conchal
  • Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest this has to be in any holiday itinerary
  • Get up close and see volcanoes, there are lots in Costa Rica and you might want to check out Arenal
  • There are lots of places to see wildlife in Costa Rica, the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio won't let you down

 

Recommended Cities to Visit

  • San José, the capital of Costa Rica has a lot of things to do, we recommend heading to the downtown markets to get fresh fruit
  • Cartago used to be the old capital of Costa Rica, close by you can see volcanoes, the spectacular Orosi valley and the Cachi Dam
  • Puerto Limón is the gateway for many cruises through the Panama Canal but there are also lots of adventure water sports you can do here
  • Head to Dominical in Southern Costa Rica for a warm climate and beautiful beaches, during certain times of the year you can also go whale wathing here
  • Quesada in Northern Costa Rica doesn't get that many international visitors and therefore is a great way to get off the tourist trail

 

Costa Rica Holidays

Costa Rica Holiday Highlights

Our authentic holidays in Costa Rica are incredible - expect culturally rich cities, magnificent palaces, vibrant nightlife, great shopping, beautiful beaches, exotic marine life, relaxation and discovery! Your experienced assigned group leader will show you the highlights of meaning you're free to relax and enjoy your stay. We list trips with some of the worlds leading travel operators where you can get off the beaten track and immerse yourself in the culture of the country. If you are looking to make the most of the experience though and to see as much as possible in the most enjoyable way possible we highly recommend joining an organised small group holiday. You will get to see the highlights and get an authentic experience. This country really does have everything! Get inspired to visit Costa Rica today.

 

 

      

 

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