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One of our more popular wildlife holiday destinations and therefore we are pleased to present a great choice of holidays in Costa Rica, all of which can be tailor-made to your wishes. Each of these suggested itineraries has been carefully thought through to give you the best possible natural or adventure experiences that this small, friendly country holds, even though the variation in holidays we design for travellers is endless. Costa Rica is a superb destination for family holidays, bird watching holidays and those with an interest in nature and some relaxation!
Introduction to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a peaceful and friendly country where the local people, known to themselves as Ticos, are all too happy to show visitors their wealth of nature. With over 25% of the country protected as national parks or private reserves it is no wonder this Central American country is popular with those who enjoy holidays in nature and the outdoors.
A backbone of high mountains and volcanoes passes through Costa Rica, many are covered in rainforest or cloud forest which greatly increases the incredible biodiversity across a range of altitudes. These hills and mountains provide good walks, treks and mountain bike trails whilst the rivers flowing from them give some exhilarating white water rafting. Combine this with either Caribbean or Pacific beaches you have a perfect holiday destination in the tropics.
More importantly, Costa Rica is a small country that is easily to travel in and has a wide choice of accommodation for all budgets. Consequently, Costa Rica holidays have a lot to offer all ages from honeymoons combining adventures and relaxation, to family holidays with a mix of child friendly activities or couples looking for a more sedate holiday enjoying nature.
Many of the holidays in Costa Rica that we design explore the more popular locations including the backwater canals and turtle beaches of Tortuguero, the active volcanoes such as Arenal, as well as the cloud forests of Monteverde and the Pacific beaches of either centrally located Manuel Antonio, or Tamarindo in the northern and more arid Guanacaste province.
However, we like to be inventive and create outstanding holidays so for those choosing a more genuine Costa Rica wildlife holidays we know many places that will provide wonderful experiences off the beaten track where you can encounter humpback whales and dolphins, turtles, sloths, scarlet macaws, toucans and possibly tapir and jaguar. Our Costa Rica bird watching holidays are also increasingly popular and we can provide your own local well informed guide, passionate about their birding, for all or part of any neotropical bird watching holiday.
Finally, looking through our ideas for holidays here you will notice that it is easy to cross the border to the stunning archipelago of Bocas del Toro in Panama. With its own abundance of different wildlife and laid back Caribbean atmosphere this is a great addition to your Costa Rica holidays and is often best enjoyed at the end of your travels.
We look forward to designing your Costa Rica holidays.
Great holiday. The trip was extremely well organised. Tailored exactly to our needs (trek, diving, etc..). We had a fantastic time. I travel a lot and this was one of my top 5 trips around the globe ever.
Mrs. M. - London
Thank you so much for organizing everything so efficiently for our trip to Costa Rica. We both were so impressed with your thorough knowledge of the country and its infrastructure and as a result of your expertise and guidance we had a flawless experience, seeing the wonderful wildlife and diversity of landscapes. Your knowledge of all the lodges and hotels we stayed at was spot on and the transport links were punctual and reliable. Two very happy customers!
Mr. N. - Essex
We had a truly wonderful holiday which was quite beyond our expectations / or imagination. It really was a place for us - a complete rest when we thought of nothing but Costa Rica and its beauty for the full 16 days.
Mrs. K. - Cheshire
Had a great trip to Costa Rica. All arrangements worked well. We were lucky with the weather. More detailed feedback if you want but we were delighted with the whole holiday.
Mr. N. - Cheshire
Go to Costa Rica and use Wildlife & Wilderness!
Mr. N-J. - Cambs.
Excellent itinerary, achieving just what we asked for, and faultless execution of arrangements in country.
Mr. P. Berkshire
CAPITAL San Jose
TIME ZONE GMT -6 hours
To San Jose
Airlines American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Iberia
Flight time approx. 13 hours
Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A, vaccinations and Malaria prophylaxis are recommended. You should consult your G.P. for up to date and precise details before travelling.
In the central valley where San Jose is situated, the average temperature is 22°C however, it is usually much hotter at lower altitudes, particularly on the coasts. Whilst temperature does not vary much throughout the year it may be worth avoiding the rainy season between May and October although given that there are rainforests and cloudforests in many areas of Costa Rica it could rain at any time of year as they are named so for good reason! As a consequence of the seasonal rainfall the peak season for travel is between November and April when rates tend to be higher.
Travel is possible and enjoyable year round.
From chic to rustic there is an incredible diversity of lodges and hotels across this small country. The infrastructure is such that at each main destination there is usually a choice of lodges dependent on your preferred style and budget. We have selected some of our favourites here.