Overview

This small, breathtakingly beautiful country is a laid-back and peaceful democratic republic (there is no army), without much of an indigenous culture or colonial heritage but exuding a warm, authentic Latin personality.

Costa Rica is a treasure trove for the nature-lover. Separating the lowlands facing the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean is a range of active and dormant volcanoes surrounded by mountain cloud forest, lowland tropical jungle and savannah grasslands. Plantations of its world famous coffee blanket the sunny slopes, while trees laden with orchids are home to quetzals, trogons and hummingbirds.

On the Pacific coast, the jungle creeps down to the shoreline, enlivened by the chattering of monkeys and parrots; the Caribbean shore hosts volcanic beaches and palm-sheltered coves lapped by a turquoise sea.

There is a well-developed, slick and sustainable network of national parks covering much of the national territory and road travel is always scenic. There are many light aircraft services to reach the remoter spots.

Whether you're a solo traveller or a group of friends looking to join one of our escorted group tours, or a family looking to experience the wonders of this beautiful country, we have a holiday for you. All of our Costa Rica holidays can be tailor-made to your exact requirements so contact our Travel Experts today and start planning your trip.

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The weather in Costa Rica is wide and varied

Costa Rica’s climate is similar to that of its larger neighbours, Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south. The climate can be roughly split into the dry season (December to April) when the country experiences plenty of sunshine and higher temperatures, and the rainy season (May – November) when rainfall is heavier.
Despite its small size, Costa Rica experiences a number of distinct microclimates. The Caribbean coast remains humid all year round and its driest months are September and October. On the golden sands of the Pacific coast, the rains arrive a month earlier. The highlands are cooler at night, while some of the more northern provinces are affected less by the seasons and remain drier year round. The country is renowned for its thriving flora and fauna, so for wildlife enthusiasts the time of year to visit may be influenced by animals and their patterns.

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  • Juliet Ellwood
    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Sophie Barber
    Sophie Barber - Travel Expert

    Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

  • Paul Winrow Giffen
    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

  • Charlotte Daubeney (2)
    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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