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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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One of the best all-round touring holidays of Costa Rica, visiting the Caribbean side and the Pacific, Arenal volcano, the flooded forest of Tortuguero, lowland rainforest at La Selva, and the cloud forests of Monteverde.

  • Holiday duration: 16 days
  • Price from: £1,405
  • Operator: Geodyssey
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Costa Rica has a huge variety of landscapes, climates and environments and it is home to 5% of the planet’s biodiversity - From palm tree-lined tropical beaches to smoking volcanoes, cloudforest, rainforest and mangrove swamps – it all awaits us in Costa Rica!

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The tiny tropical republic of Costa Rica is well known for the proliferation of its wildlife. A treasure trove for the nature-lover, it has a multitude of well-organised national parks where you can view wildlife on foot or by boat, with a backdrop of hissing volcanoes, bird-filled mangroves or steaming jungle.

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This two week holiday offers visitors a great fantastic introduction to Costa Rica. With so much on offer in a relatively small country, we’ve included something for everyone. Whether you want a quiet and relaxing holiday, adrenalin fuelled adventure, stunning wildlife and captivating scenery – it’s all covered on this trip.

  • Holiday duration: 15 days
  • Price from: £1,550
  • Operator: Tribes Travel
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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 7-21 Feb '19 (maximum 14 guests) this trip costs from £5,355 pp sharing and features boat rides, jeep trips, cloudforest and canopy trails.

  • Holiday duration: 15 days
  • Price from: £5,356
  • Operator: Kudu Travel
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The Americas Overland with Carni from Dragoman is an exhilarating holiday in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru. Available from 31 Jul 2019 to 17 Feb 2021 this 211 day trip costs from £12,270 and has a maximum group size of 22 persons.

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This slow-paced luxurious holiday offers a relaxing wind-down experience where there are always opportunities for something more active or adventurous. Designed with couples and honeymooners in mind, it takes you to romantic countryside, tropical jungle, a preserved colonial city and beach properties in gorgeous wildlife-filled locations.

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First-rate wildlife and nature experiences, staying in some of Costa Rica's best boutique and spa hotels and wildlife lodges.

  • Holiday duration: 10 days
  • Price from: £3,810
  • Operator: Geodyssey
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Enjoy a Central American odyssey on this adventure from Mexico’s capital to the home of the Panama Canal

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