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Holidays to Costa Rica

Now that it’s served by direct flights from the UK, there’s really no excuse to ignore this Central American wonderland. Try windsurfing, ziplining, biking or hundreds of other adrenalin-rush activities, or tour of some of the world’s best coffee plantations. You could go for the Pacific and Caribbean beaches, and the planet-leading eco-friendliness. You could simply go for the excellent hotels and mountain resorts (some are seriously luxurious). But the best reason is wildlife: from multi-coloured quetzals and myriad monkeys through sloths, see-through frogs and the elusive jaguar, Costa Rica is an animal-lover’s dream.

I’d also recommend driving, rather than flying, around. Some of my favourite Costa Rican moments came this way: watching kids play football amid a palm-tree plantation; eating coconut fudge at a roadside sala (small canteen). The roads are good and – outside of capital San José – traffic is light, and you’re guaranteed to see the real country.

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Costa Rica wildlife tour visiting the wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula, Marino Ballena NP and a Quetsal quest near San Gerardo de Dota . A wonderful combination of wildlife activities and adventure on this two week Costa Rica wildlife holiday.

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Costa Rica, Exploring a Natural Paradise is an in-depth journey through Costa Rica's immensely diverse habitats in search of a stunning array of birds, mammals, butterflies and tropical orchids. Running from 14-28 Feb '23 (maximum 14 guests) this trip costs from £6,426 pp sharing and features boat rides, jeep trips, cloudforest and canopy trails.

  • Holiday duration: 15 days
  • Price from: £6,425
  • Operator: Kudu Travel
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Staying in luxury accommodation throughout, explore five National Parks including mighty volcanoes, cloud forests, mountain landscapes and birdwatching. Relax on a remote tropical beach.

  • Holiday duration: 18 days
  • Price from: £8,792
  • Operator: Veloso Tours
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12 night Honeymoon holiday in Costa Rica.
Prices from £4,988 per person and includes: Return flights on British Airways from London Gatwick. Private transfers and tours. Accommodation as listed. Internal flights and meals as outlined in the itinerary.

  • Holiday duration: 13 days
  • Price from: £4,988
  • Operator: Sunvil
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Costa Rica wildlife tour, visiting the best wildlife destinations, such as Manuel Antonio NP, Piedras Blancas NP and the Osa Peninsula.

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Travelling from coast-to-coast, this trip combines fantastic walking opportunities with exciting wildlife viewing, providing the perfect introduction to the land of Pura Vida!

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Explore the man-made wonder of the Panama Canal to the natural wonders of Costa Rica, colourful Guatemala's markets, colonial style and Mayan ruins hidden in the jungle. Conclude in a luxury forest lodge and beach resort in Belize.

  • Holiday duration: 32 days
  • Price from: £8,510
  • Operator: Veloso Tours
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12 night 'Costa Rica Family Fun’ itinerary
Prices from £1,999 per person (based on 4 sharing).
Price includes return flights from the UK, Bed & Breakfast and Full Board accommodation some excursions and transfers.

  • Holiday duration: 13 days
  • Price from: £1,999
  • Operator: Sunvil
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A tour designed for birdwatching enthusiasts, staying a specialist lodges with expert local guides to help you discover a huge array of species.

  • Holiday duration: 21 days
  • Price from: £5,988
  • Operator: Veloso Tours
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A self-drive exploration visiting seven National Parks with coastal rainforest, active volcanoes, endemic birdlife and stunning landscapes. Plus a chance to relax on glorious beaches.

  • Holiday duration: 25 days
  • Price from: £5,309
  • Operator: Veloso Tours
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