Costa Rica Tailor-made Holidays

Combining friendly people, excellent accommodation and well-trained guides, Costa Rica satisfies the highest of natural history holiday expectations

Costa Rica

In 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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A Self-drive Adventure In Costa Rica

This diverse itinerary starts with the Caribbean jungle-fringed waterways of Tor...
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Wild Costa Rica, Well Off The Beaten Track

Visiting Costa Rica’s wildest and most remote wildlife locations....
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Gentle Family Fun in Costa Rica

The wildlife of Tortuguero and Sarapiqui with beach relaxation in Tamarindo....
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Popular Costa Rica With A Difference

Familiar locations - distinctive and unusual accommodation...
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Deluxe Romantic Honeymoon in Costa Rica

Honeymoon in style with four of Costa Rica’s top hotels...
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The Forests & Coasts of Affordable Costa Rica

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

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

Tortuguero, Savegre & Osa. Remarkable wildlife from coast to coast....

Featured Accommodation

Hotel Belmar

Lovely hotel on a hillside with views over flower-filled grounds and cloud fores...

Xandari Resort & Spa

Boutique Resort with twenty four spacious, luxury villas, all with living area, ...

Pacuare Lodge

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

Maquenque Lodge

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

Casa Corcovado

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

Lapa Rios Eco lodge

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

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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. Read more in our Best Time to Visit Costa Rica blog post.

Travel Info

Flight Time
14 Hours (plus stops)

Time Zone
GMT -6

Best Visited
November to April

Language Spoken

4.8 million

Area Specialist

John Melton

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

We would like to express our thanks for your help in arranging a superb holiday in Costa Rica…Throughout the tour the organisation was of the highest order and was, to all intents and purposes, perfect.. .To sum up, the holiday was a great success.. .We saw around eighty species of bird, many for the first time, and many more animals than we expected. Everyone we encountered was unfailingly pleasant and helpful and the standard of the accommodation was absolutely superb. Many thanks.

Mr S C - West Sussex