Welcome to our tours page of Costa Rica. You are about to set foot in one of the world’s most beautiful ecological gems. The land which Christopher Columbus named the “rich coast” is now seen as one of the safest and most progressive countries in South America. The only thing to be found in Costa Rica is the Pura Vida (literally “pure life”), an optimistic zest for life in all circumstances… The Costa Ricans (or Ticos for insiders) are constantly cheerful and welcoming to visitors! Costa Rica was also the first nation in the world to dissolve its army, a testament to their commitment to peace and prosperity above all else. It is regularly classed as one of the top countries for standards of living, and has a remarkable development model that prioritizes education, health care and protection of the environment. If you are a nature lover, you will find yourself in heaven… Costa Rica is a pioneering country in the field of ecotourism, and has an extremely rich biodiversity. Several unique species can be found in some of the country’s 33 national parks and reserves: no less than 25% of the Costa Rican territory is protected! To visit Costa Rica is to discover a wild paradise in which people are truly happy – what more could you want?
A peaceful paradise in South America; Costa Rica has made tremendous efforts over the last fifty years to protect and preserve its stunning natural landscapes, while also maintaining the highest standards of living and the lowest crime rates in Latin America. Our local agents all live and work in Costa Rica and exploring these incredible places is a part of their daily lives, and they are ready to share them with you. With more than a third of the country being protected national parks, it almost feels like there are too many options to pick from for both relaxation and adventure. Find the perfect beach, volcano, river, or nearly untouched forest to create your ideal holiday.
Our local travel agents live in Costa Rica, so they know all the right people, from hotel owners to jungle guides, to give you the best experience possible. Since they work in travel, they spend their weekends exploring the country themselves, finding new places and ensuring old favourites are still great recommendations for visitors. With a local agent on your side, you also have someone in Costa Rica who can help you with any questions or concerns, whether they be urgent problems or the name of a nearby restaurant with the best ceviche in town.
Families and adventurers who love hiking and exploring will have an incredible range of choices with plenty of time spent relaxing; lounging in hammocks between the Pacific and Caribbean oceans. Our agents have helped past travellers with plenty of activities:
One of the most popular tours is a 3 day, 2 nights trip to the Tortuguero National Park. Due to its rich biodiversity, this national park is often referred to as the "small Amazon". Take an hour-long boat trip through the canals of the national park alone is incredibly exciting and you can see so many different animals! The Rainforest Lodges offer bungalow-style accommodations, and our tourists often describe their stay as “like in a fairy tale forest”.
The dry season, between December and April, is the best time to visit Costa Rica, as the rest of the year can experience heavy rains that could ruin days at the beach or make back roads impassable. However, booking during the rainy season has its perks; locals refer to these rainier, summer months as the “green season” for the incredible colours that come to life, and it can be easier to book hotels and excursions during this period. Ask your local agent which time of year is right for you and what you want from your holiday in Costa Rica.
Out of all the unique adventures possible in Costa Rica, our agents highly recommend the Corcovado National Park. Even getting there is thrilling; it requires crossing an unbelievable bay at the edge of a rainforest in the early morning hours. Few other tourist attractions in the world can boast such a beautiful setting. Here, you can be completely immersed in the nature and wildlife of Costa Rica. Unusual animals, like the Tapir, that can only be found here, can be observed in their natural habitat from only several feet away.
Costa Rica has amazing biodiversity. The Corcovado National Park is an unmissable experience that National Geographic has often cited as being one of the world’s richest natural sites, especially considering its relatively small size. The variety of plant and animals you will find throughout the country is unparalleled thanks to different climate zones and major preservation efforts made by the Costa Rican government. You can easily move from pristine rainforests to the hot springs of the dry forest around the Arenal Volcano or simply explore the coast, with more than 800 miles of coastline to roam.
The Caribbean and Pacific coasts offer two very different cultural experiences that reflect the different sides of Costa Rica. The debate between which coast is better has no clear answer. The Pacific coast usually caters more to tourists looking for a wide range of experiences, while the Caribbean coast feels more off the beaten path and laid back. Get an idea of what each has to offer, (or maybe you want to try both) by looking at tours our agents have put together in the past.
The country has an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables available, so they make up the main diet in Costa Rica. That’s what makes the food in Costa Rica so unique. Agents will often organise for visitors to see the farmer's market on Saturday, and the variety to be found there is incredible. Most of our travellers say they have never seen anything like it. Once you have tried the pineapples, bananas, or papaya available in Costa Rica, they find it difficult to enjoy the fruits back home.
The most common and famous meal in Costa Rica is Gallo Pinto, which is rice and beans, onions, brown pepper and some herbs. Costa Ricans eat it in the morning with eggs, avocado, corn tortillas, and sour cream. It’s a very healthy and delicious breakfast that provides enough energy for a day filled with lots of activities—but that’s only one of the incredible, local delicacies your agent can introduce you to.
First-time visitors to Costa Rica will often remark that Costa Ricans seem to be generally happier than people in other countries. What they’re noticing is called Pura Vida by the locals. An expression that’s difficult to translate directly, it comes from the positive outlook Costa Ricans have on life—and our agents love showing people why: it’s because Costa Rica is safe, beautiful, and filled with delicious food.
Costa Rica has something for every couple and its wonderful, lush nature makes the perfect backdrop for special occasions and celebrations. Our agents have put tours together specifically for anniversaries, honeymoons, milestone birthdays, and even just romantic getaways.
Couples wanting a slower pace appreciate that Costa Rica is filled with beautiful hotels and safe streets to wander at sunset and well into the night, while more active couples can opt for a custom adventure, taking them on challenging hikes to see the wildlife and plant life that only exists in Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park. No Internet, no TV, only amazing nature and time with that special person in your life.
For travellers wanting to take full advantage of everything Costa Rica has to offer, the following Costa Rica two-week tour is suggested to see the entire country:
A Costa Rica honeymoon offers incredible luxury accommodations for couples that want to feel really spoilt on their special trip. Our agents have found couples everything from wonderful little villas with private Jacuzzis and amazing ocean views in the Cloud Forest to luxury tents set up in remote and very romantic places.
Costa Rica is a great honeymoon destination because it's easy to build an itinerary with a few exciting activities, while still having plenty of time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. It’s easy to have little adventures here with a romantic touch, like sunset tours that finish with a bottle of champagne right on the beach or a couples massage after enjoying the hot springs. Costa Rica is perfect for a romantic honeymoon.
It is always recommended to see a doctor before travelling to Costa Rica so that a professional can evaluate you based on your personal medical history. The most common vaccinations doctors will recommend are Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and Diphtheria. If you will be spending most of your time in remote areas with a history of infections, your doctor might also recommend Hepatitis B, Rabies, or even Malaria vaccinations.
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