Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations in the world for travellers with tourism booming in recent decades. By booking a trip 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.
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Generally speaking the Eastern side of the country is less visited than the West and being less touristy this makes this side of the country more authentic too. Most tours start in San Jose, unless you are travelling overland on a tour in Central America, this city is not the most glamerous destination but there are still attractions to keep you busy for a few days. Other places you might be visiting include:
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.
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.
View our Central America budget travel guide.