Sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama on the isthmus that connects North and South America, the relatively small country of Costa Rica is a big hitter. A peaceful and forward-thinking country with a wide range of luxury accommodation, Costa Rica lends itself perfectly to many different types of holidays.
Costa Rica has an extraordinary wealth of ecosystems. Home to cloud forests, tropical dry forests, rainforests, highlands, wetlands, plains and two coastlines it is no wonder that Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. The slogan here is “pura vida” meaning the good life and indeed it is. If that weren't enough reason to visit, British Airways has announced a non-stop service to San Jose starting April 2016, making Costa Rica a must for anyone looking for the ideal family, wildlife, beach or adventure holiday.
Why we like CostA Rica
We love Costa Rica for its principles and commitment to the environment - the army was formally abolished in 1949 and the money saved was put into improving the infrastructure and protecting the environment. In a practical sense Costa Rica is small and easy to travel around with a huge amount of variety and activities. It offers adventure with all the trappings of comfort and fine dining.
What to expect on your Costa Rica holiday
Lush green vegetation, birds of all sizes and colours, fabulous butterflies, active volcanoes and exciting wildlife. National parks cover around a quarter of Coast Rica and both the government and the people take their responsibility of protecting the environment very seriously. Due to its compact nature, travelling around the country is easy and the money which was saved by abandoning the military has been used to develop the infrastructure of roads which are excellent. While the focus might be on activities and wildlife there is no need to sacrifice comfort and you will find hotels of every standard and size to suit any pocket. Finally don’t forget the jungle-fringed beaches which stretch for miles and offer superb opportunities for surfing and kiting.
Some ideas for a CostA Rica holiday
- Fly through the rainforest on a zip wire or take a walk high in the tree canopy.
- Try a self-drive holiday with a variable itinerary to be decided as you drive along.
- Walk up to the ridge of the active Poas volcano for a peek into the steaming abyss of its caldera, the largest in the world.
- Spend time in some of the wildlife parks where the numbers of birds and density of wildlife will amaze you.
- End with a few days on a beach.
- Learn how to surf off palm-fringed golden Pacific beaches
Our Costa Rica Holiday Expertise
The fact that we have four specialists serving Costa Rica might be some clue both to its popularity and our expertise. James, Alison, John and Sue have all been there on many occasions both for pleasure and for work (OK, so the work was also pleasure). They have taken children of all ages and without exception they rate it as the best holiday ever.
Call our travel experts on 01285 885333 to start planning your Costa Rica holiday.
Being mainly rainforest you can expect rain at any time of the year. The green season is June to October and the months of September and October receive a great deal of rain.
Travelling is relatively relaxed in Costa Rica with ‘Pura Vida’ being their main focus on life. With unspoilt nature, beaches and a wealth of wildlife you can expect just that. Great care is taken over the environment in this incredible country and a good deal can be learned from them.
It is always best to pack light and while casual dress has become more acceptable in recent years, Latin Americans tend to devote great care to their clothes and appearance. A laundry service is available at most if not all hotels, but when you are on the move there is not always the time for laundry and you pay a premium for same day delivery. We find that a good lightweight waterproof jacket, fleece, lightweight breathable tops and zip-off trousers work well for the different climes in the country. Aside from clothing a high factor suncream, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, photocopy of your passport and swimming costume are good things to include.
Costa Rica’s staples are black beans, rice, coffee, palm hearts and tamales. Seafood features highly on any menu with both oceans to choose from. Guaro is the national liquor produced from sugar cane and similar to rum.