Costa Rica Holidays 2014

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

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Central America’s Garden

Costa Rica holidays will expose visitors to one of the world’s most ecologically diverse countries in the world – so expect a myriad of different sights, sounds and smells. This peaceful oasis of natural beauty is a thriving holiday destination, drawing crowds that come in search of variable wildlife, stunning beaches and waves, outdoor adventure and a captivating local culture.

You’ll discover countless national parks during your holidays to Costa Rica, all displaying the country’s primary attraction – its biodiversity. From spotting rare species of bird to listening out for howler monkeys and wild cats, Costa Rica’s outdoor adventures are blessed by an infectious soundtrack – and hopefully the loud roars won’t get too close!

Beaches and Vibrant Cities

The gateway to most Costa Rica holidays is the country’s bustling capital city, San Jose. This is where you’ll encounter the majority of the country’s population, along with various universities, informative museums, cultural venues, markets and tour companies, while a range of Costa Rica hotels will be relishing the chance to offer you comfort. Meanwhile, the nearby city of Cartago will enhance your cultural fix, displaying a stunning basilica and some enthralling ruins.

Once you’ve ticked off the cities and the wildlife you’ll be left with Costa Rica’s flawless range of beaches. Water sports enthusiasts will revel in the opportunities in and under the water, while those looking to catch some rays will find comfort and relaxation in the soft sands and cool breeze. Windsurfing, snorkelling and diving are extremely popular, while the surfing scene here has flourished in recent times. Whether you’re a surfing expert or the thought of standing up on your board is a distant fantasy, there are countless schools around the many beach resorts that aim to hone your skills. Santa Teresa, Jaco and Nosara are among the best spots to hit the waves, while the family friendly resort of Tamarindo is great for fishing and splashing about in the sea.

Incredible Wildlife and Adventure

You’ll traverse rainforests, cloud forests and dry forests throughout your holidays in Costa Rica – if you don’t mind getting your feet dirty, that is. But no amount of mud or mugginess will draw away from the thrill of spotting some of the country’s unique inhabitants. 25% of Costa Rica is national parks, home to an assortment of species including monkeys, sloths, wild cats, tapirs and a plethora of colourful bird species. The six species of toucan are among the most sought after winged delights in the country, while a range of parrots continue to add a vibrant and colourful theme to Costa Rica’s wildlife. Monteverde Cloud Forest is a particularly good spot for bird watching, as is the Corcovado National Park.

Wildlife isn’t just discovered in the forests of Costa Rica – you’ll find equally rich diversity beneath the waves. Snorkelling and diving will expose you to rays, turtles and sharks, while the Ballena Marina National Park near Playa Hermosa is fantastic for whale watching, with humpback whales joining the wildlife party from December to April.

Those craving adventure sports will also be well catered for during their holidays to Costa Rica, with some great outdoor adventure opportunities spread around the country. Costa Rica is inundated with rivers, leading to a lively rafting culture that sees varying degrees of intensity, aiming to thrill adrenaline junkies or expose more sedate beings to additional examples of the country’s beautiful landscapes. Hikers will also revel in the treasures they’ll encounter, with some fantastic trails leading them through a myriad of breath-taking national parks, with the most adventurous among you perhaps drawn to the imposing challenge of the Arenal Volcano – just make sure you pack your hiking boots and anti-lava trousers.

Best Beaches

Some of Costa Rica’s most phenomenal beaches are found on the Nicoya Peninsula. Here you can laze on spectacular pale stretches of sand, bordered by swaying palms and lush green forests. The Manuel Antonio National Park is home to some striking beaches, with dramatic mountainous backdrops, forests and a rugged rocky coast. Surfers should head to Playa Dominical, a strikingly craggy beach that leads out to a strong riptide.

Things To Do

The beaches across Costa Rica give you the opportunity to try numerous activities, and with it being one of the top surf destinations, there is no better place to try your hand at balancing on the waves. The crystal clear waters meeting the coast are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, or you can explore the shores on a boat trip.

Nightlife

Costa Rica’s beaches offer a vibrant blend of nightlife, from the hectic to the truly relaxed. Jaco Beach and Tamarindo are the destinations for lively nights, with an array of clubs, bars and parties on the sands offered. Bahia Salinas and Flamingo enjoy a more relaxed nightlife, with restaurants and laid back bars on offer.

Hotels

Sitting on the stunning white sands of Tamarindo, the Capitan Sulzo is perfect for a laid back coastal break. This beautiful hotel is found along one of the best diving spots on Costa Rica’s coast. You can enjoy some peace and tranquillity at the Bahia Encantada Day Star, which is found on the beach in Jaco.