Costa Rica

CIn 1502, Christopher Columbus first spied the densely forested coastline of a land he named Costa Rica (Rich Coast). Although resulting from the mistaken belief that there was abundant gold to be found, that name aptly applies to the richness of Costa Rica’s extraordinary natural history.

With the highest biodiversity of any nation its size, this small section of the Central American isthmus boasts two dramatic coasts, Pacific and Caribbean, between which runs a spectacular volcanic mountain chain.

Costa Rica’s astonishing variety of habitats contain a fantastical array of bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and invertebrate species, and the two coasts boast beautiful beaches, huge mangroves and extensive offshore waters teeming with marine life.

Coupled with friendly people, a wide range of excellent accommodation, well trained guides, exemplary service and sound infrastructure, Costa Rica amply satisfies the highest of natural history holiday expectations.

Costa Rica Wildlife Holiday Ideas

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Wild Costa Rica, Well Off The Beaten Track

Costa Rica
13 Days from £3598
Visiting Costa Rica’s wildest and most remote wildlife locations....
# Family Holiday

Gentle Family Fun in Costa Rica

Costa Rica
12 Days from £2998
The wildlife of Tortuguero and Sarapiqui with beach relaxation in Tamarindo....
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Popular Costa Rica With A Difference

Costa Rica
13 Days from £3090
Familiar locations - distinctive and unusual accommodation...
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Deluxe Romantic Honeymoon in Costa Rica

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13 Days from £3665
Honeymoon in style with four of Costa Rica’s top hotels...
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The Forests & Coasts of Affordable Costa Rica

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12 Days from £2184
Travel the Caribbean lowlands for year-round wildlife and great value....
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The Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica and Panama

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Panama
15 Days from £5593
Venture overland from Costa Rica to Panama visiting the best wildlife lodges...
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Top Wildlife Highlights of Costa Rica

Costa Rica
12 Days from £3155
Tortuguero, Savegre & Osa. Remarkable wildlife from coast to coast....
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Discover Costa Rica’s Curiously Cryptic Wildlife – With George McGavin.

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16 Days from £6266
Join George McGavin and other like-minded natural history enthusiasts on this un...

Featured Accommodation

Xandari Resort & Spa

Costa Rica
Cordilleras Volcanoes
Boutique Resort with twenty four spacious, luxury villas, all with living area, ...

Maquenque Lodge

Costa Rica
Sarapiqui Region
A haven for birdwatchers and naturalists situated in northern Costa Rica near th...

Pacuare Lodge

Costa Rica
Turrialba Region
Set within a 25,000- acre area of pristine rainforest and river valley near Turr...

Casa Corcovado

Costa Rica
Osa Peninsula
Situated right next to the Corcovado National Park on the Osa peninsula...

Lapa Rios Eco lodge

Costa Rica
Osa Peninsula
Luxury cabins are set on a ridge amidst lush gardens, with extensive views over ...

Capitan Suizo Resort

Costa Rica
Nicoya Peninsula
A peaceful location with spacious well-appointed rooms and suites set amidst tro...

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Costa Rica: 9.748917, -83.753428

Best Time To Visit Costa Rica

The conventional time to visit Costa Rica is between November and May, the “summer” months when the weather is usually drier. However, the “winter” months (April to August) can be equally attractive since, although there may be a higher incidence of rain, the forests are more lush, wildlife can be more active and visible and turtles visit the Caribbean coast. Costa Rica can be thought of as a year-round destination, although it is best to avoid September and October – the hurricane season.

Travel Info

Flight Time
14 Hours (plus stops)

Time Zone
GMT -6

Best visited
November to April

Language Spoken
Spanish

Population
4.8 million

Area Specialist

Jonathan Morris
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If you have any questions regarding travel to Costa Rica please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

This is the second trip with reef and Rainforest and it certainly met all of our expectations. (Your representatives) were excellent as were all the lodges generally. There was a good balance of organised tours and time to ourselves – this was just what we wanted. Your choice of locations in Costa Rica was again excellent sharing your local knowledge and expertise and assessing what we wanted. Thank you very much for your help and organisation. We look forward to using you again and will happily recommend you.

Mr D M - Gwynedd