Costa Rica is a small country home to huge variety, and holidays to Costa Rica could see you exploring its paradise beaches, grumbling volcanoes and steamy cloud forests all on one trip.
The country is best known for its commitment to ecotourism and promoting sustainability and the preservation of its beautiful landscapes and enormous diversity of wildlife. Costa Rica is a fantastic choice for eco and adventure holidays; from trekking through the jungle at night, zip lining across canyons and rainforest canopies to bathing under tumbling waterfalls, Costa Rica is full of exhilarating experiences.
Holidays to Costa Rica offer not only incredible experiences but also some of the best places in Central America to enjoy your downtime. The country’s lodges are set in splendid isolation so you can relax and unwind in peace but benefit from fantastic luxury additions like infinity pools that seem to plunge into the trees, rustic treehouses and locally sourced food with field-fresh ingredients.
On your holiday to Costa Rica, you’ll often hear Ticos – that is, the people of Costa Rica – exclaim “¡Pura Vida!” The Spanish saying simply translates to ‘pure life’, but its meaning is rather more than that: it expresses the country’s eternal optimism, and encompasses just what Costa Rica holidays are all about.
With just over a quarter of the country devoted to national parks, Costa Rica is home to some incredible landscapes.
As well as the traditional trekking routes there are a variety of ways to see the country. Adventurers will discover zip lines through the tree canopy, where you’ll skim across the treetops for a bird’s-eye view of the lush flora below and marvel at the rolling topography of steep hillsides and plunging ravines. For the same views but with a little less exhilaration, take advantage of the networks of rope bridges and wooden walkways tied between the tall trees.
On the Pacuare River, you could raft over rapids through a deep river gorge, or don your hiking boots to explore the foothills of the Arenal volcano, soaking your feet in the volcanic hot springs afterwards. However you choose to explore, along the way you’ll spot all manner of wildlife, from tapirs, three-toed sloths and monkeys to colourful birds and over 1,000 endemic plant species.