A treasure house of natural riches, Costa Rica is blessed with misty cloud forests, raging rivers, fiery volcanoes and two beautiful coastlines. Add to the mix an extraordinary profusion of wildlife, and it is little surprise that a quarter of the country enjoys national park status. Let our experts introduce you to the best that this destination has to offer.
Claiming around 5% of the world’s total biodiversity, the country is a living classroom of natural history. Speak to our Costa Rica travel specialists about a wildlife holiday, and you could find yourself gliding along the forested waterways of Tortuguero National Park, keeping an eye out for turtles, toucans and tiger herons. Or following the quiet walking trails that weave through the dense jungle of Corcovado National Park – a haven for oversized butterflies, tapirs and jaguars.
From the thrills and spills of white-water rafting to zip-lining through the rainforest canopy, Costa Rica offers a full menu of outdoor pursuits and high-octane experiences. One day you could be photographing exotic birds in the beautiful Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the next, crossing a hanging bridge over a giddying chasm in Arenal Volcano National Park.
And when you’ve done all the hard work in the lush interior, you can head to the coast to dip your toes in either the Pacific or the Caribbean. The former has fine beaches, world-class surf breaks and swimmable bays, whilst the latter allures with its laidback coastal towns, turtle spotting and snorkelling.
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Visiting Costa Rica: Frequently Asked Questions
What languages do they speak in Costa Rica?
Spanish is the official language, but you'll find that English is widely spoken in most tourist areas.
What is Costa Rica famous for?
As a haven for exotic wildlife, but also for its gorgeous beaches, volcanoes and spectacular national parks, where adventurous travellers can indulge in everything from river rafting and canyoning to cave tubing and zip lining. There really is something for everyone on a luxury holiday in Costa Rica.
How long do I need in Costa Rica?
Our 11-day Simply Costa Rica itinerary will give you enough time to cover the major highlights, including Manuel Antonio National Park, but there’s plenty more to see if you can extend your stay by a few days - including the opportunity to combine with Nicaragua. Give us a call to learn more about tailor-made tours to Costa Rica.
When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?
Steering clear of September and October, the wettest months, Costa Rica can be enjoyed year-round. January to April is our favourite time to visit, when rainfall is minimal and temperatures hover around 30°C. For more detailed advice, see our guide here.
What are the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica?
In a country of such astounding ecological diversity there are myriad attractions, but Corcovado National Park is arguably the jewel in Costa Rica’s natural crown. With habitats ranging from Pacific beaches to mangrove swamps and montane rainforests, it’s the best place to see wildlife.