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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Couples can find some dreamy landscapes to explore whilst on holiday in Costa Rica. The Wilson Botanical Gardens are a beautiful rainforest and planted gardens near San Vito, where you take a romantic wander through the colourful landscape. Head to the Plains of the North and you can enjoy some relaxation in the Arenal Volcano’s hot springs and volcanic lakes. La Fortuna Waterfall is a particularly magical place to visit, where you can dive under the water or sit with a picnic whilst looking out over the craggy shores.
The seemingly never ending natural landscapes are ideal for outdoor sports, whether you wish to explore the area on a hiking trip or discover somewhere new on a cycling tour. The rainforests are great places to try soaring across a zip line or sauntering along a canopy tour. Those who are after some adrenaline fuelled adventures can try white water rafting, abseiling down a waterfall and even bungee jumping in the jungle.
Whether you wish to enjoy relaxed evenings surrounded by nature, or lively nights in the cities, Costa Rica has it all. The national parks offer camping and night tours if you wish to see the landscape under moonlight, or you can head to San Jose which is filled with bustling food markets, clubbing districts, and countless bars and restaurants.
If you wish to indulge in some luxury whilst in Costa Rica, the Occidental Grand Papagayo is an exclusive hotel that offers a first rate service. Couples will find the chance to indulge in massages, therapeutic baths and spa treatments here. The Alta Hotel gives you the opportunity to escape, in a peaceful position on the fringes of San Jose.
No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without seeing its capital city, San Jose. Enclosed by verdant valleys and towering mountains, this city is a cultural hub, with numerous museums, charming colonial neighbourhoods and bustling markets. Playa Tamarindo is a lively coastal town boasting beautiful beaches, upmarket shopping, restaurants and attractions. For a delve into a more natural destination, the Corcovado National Park is filled with wildlife, from monkeys and crocodiles to bull sharks and jaguars.
Much of Costa Rica’s charm is found in its numerous nature parks, which offer landscapes of volcanoes, mountains, forests and beaches. The coast is home to some stunning stretches of sands, from bustling shores to untouched, rugged bays. Wildlife lovers will be in their element with a trip here, as you are sure to see some phenomenal sights of the natural residents during your stay.
This is the ideal destination for outdoor sports, from hiking and mountain climbing to cycling and adrenaline sports such as white water rafting and canyoning. Boat tours are a great way to explore the coast, or you can head deep into the jungle down the rainforest canals. The coast is the perfect place to enjoy some water sports, from surfing and scuba diving to parasailing and jet skiing.
Costa Rica is the destination for nature lovers, with endless striking natural landscapes that will astonish you with their astounding beauty. National parks are found across the country, from the Santa Rosa, with more than 250 species of birds, to the Monteverde Forest Reserve, with its zip line and canopy tours. Children and adults will be enthralled with a tour of the Barra Honda Caverns, which at some points plunge over 750 feet into the earth.
A trip to Costa Rica is ideal for families who love outdoor sports, as there are plenty that will help you explore this phenomenal country. You can enjoy trekking and hiking trails, or cover more ground on a cycling trip. The beaches are ideal for relaxation and water sports, or you can head to Arenal Eco Zoo, which boasts one of the finest collections of amphibians and reptiles in the country.
The natural sights of Costa Rica can be enjoyed in a different light once the sun sets. Explorers young and old will love a night tour through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, armed with a torch and a LED light. You can enjoy nights under the starry skies of the national parks with special camping spots reserved for overnight stays.
The stunning Arenal Kioro is nestled amongst a tropical landscape of gardens and forests. It offers family suites, giving you convenience and privacy with peaceful surrounds. Found near a stunning black sand beach, the Occidental Allegro Papagayo is the ideal choice for active families, offering water sports, outdoor activities and evening entertainment.