Costa Rica

Costa Rica

About

Costa Rica straddles the heart of Central America and is flanked by both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean.  This small, breathtakingly beautiful country is a laid-back and peaceful democratic republic.

Costa Rica is considered to be the jewel of Central America and is at the forefront of eco and adventure tourism. All in all, its sheer diversity makes this a fabulous destination for families and couples alike.

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Useful information

flight times

From London: 15 hours

Currency

Colón

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visa Requirements

No requirement if your stay is less than 3 months as a British citizen

Weather

Despite its small size, Costa Rica has a number of distinct microclimates. The Caribbean coast is humid all year round with the driest months being September and October; wildlife lovers, however, might prefer to visit this region from July to August to watch nesting turtles. The rest of the country experiences a dry season from December to April, when there is plenty of sun and temperatures are high, and a rainy season from May to November. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule for all regions: for example, the rainy season starts a month earlier in the south Pacific, while the northern areas, including the Guanacaste coast, are not as affected by the seasons and are generally much drier. The highlands and cloud forests have warm temperatures during the day but the high altitude means evenings are much cooler.

When to travel

Destinations

Beach on Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

Pacific Coast

The Pacific Ocean forms the western edge of Costa Rica, with its wild beaches, wonderful nature reserves, charming hotels and legendary surfing. Nicoya Peninsula is one...

Central Region

Costa Rica is framed by the Caribbean coast to the east and the Pacific to the west.  Everything in between we're calling the Central Region. This...

beach at le cameleon hotel costa rica

Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a land of exceptional natural beauty, with a vast biodiversity from coconut tree-lined white sandy beaches, to lush...

Itineraries

Linda Vista Villas Pacuare Lodge Costa Rica
Stay in 4 different luxury hideaways across the country and discover wildlife, adventure, peace and beauty.
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Where to stay

pool at dusk at tortuga lodge costa rica

Tortuga Lodge is the best in the area, with excellent guides, spacious and comfortable accommodation and a particularly impressive restaurant....

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Sharing from: £291
beach at le cameleon hotel costa rica

Le Cameleon is a stylish boutique hotel within the tropical forest of Puerto Viejo, just across from Cocles Beach, near the wildlife havens of Gandoca...

Couples
Sharing from: £419
springs villa with private plunge pool at arenal nayara hotel costa rica

An elegant hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. Arenal Nayara has a wonderful...

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Sharing from: £675
ultra plus villa living space at xandari resort and spa costa rica

A delightful hotel with colourful villas set amongst 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a charming spa, delectable Costa Rican cuisine and sensational views over...

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Sharing from: £285
canopy walkway at nayara springs hotel costa rica

Voted No.1 resort in Central & South America by Conde Nast Traveller Readers' 2015, Nayara Springs is an adults-only luxury tropical hideaway with just 16...

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Sharing from: £389
swimming pool at lost iguana hotel costa rica

Set amidst 120 acres of pristine rainforest that's home to the most fascinating biodiversity, Lost Iguana Resort & Spa is the perfect base for both...

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Sharing from: £329
Linda Vista Villas Pacuare Lodge Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover's paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica's most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white...

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Sharing from: £2172
restaurant courtyard at hotel grano de oro costa rica

Occupying a converted turn-of-the-century mansion in Costa Rica's capital, San José, the charming Grano de Oro is set on a quiet, tree-lined street just off...

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Sharing from: £278
Scenery and huts at El Silencio Lodge Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-lodge set amongst 500 acres of private rainforest just over an hour from San Jose in Bajos del...

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Sharing from: £774
aerial view of finca rosa blanca resort costa rica

Finca Rosa Blanca is a quirky boutique country inn located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica near San José , with commanding views of volcanoes,...

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villa ilan 3 bedrooms at punta islita hotel costa rica

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the wild west coast of Costa Rica, Punta Islita is a laid back boutique hotel, stunningly situated amid tropical gardens...

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Sharing from: £347
pool at night at latitude 10 costa rica

Unique, idyllic tropical beach retreat with just 5 casitas and excellent eco-credentials set back from the Pacific Ocean on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula surrounded by...

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Sharing from: £498
pool at harmony hotel costa rica

A laid-back beach, yoga and surf resort near Nosara, located on one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica....

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Sharing from: £760
pool at andaz peninsula papagayo hotel costa rica

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a fabulous beach resort on Costa Rica's beautiful Papagayo Peninsula overlooking the Pacific and surrounded by tropical forest. With extensive facilities...

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Sharing from: £650
miramar suite with three bedrooms at four seasons paypagayo resort costa ricca at four seasons paypagayo resort costa ricca

The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula is a luxury resort with exceptional facilities and services, located on a beautiful private peninsula with...

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Sharing from: £1093
pool and palapa at flor blanca resort costa rica

Flor Blanca is a secluded hideaway on Costa Rica's beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, combining the comforts of a fine resort with adventure, spa and surf....

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Sharing from: £534

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