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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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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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Available from 15 July 2020 to 31 July 2020 this 16 day trip costs from £3560 and has a maximum group size of 12 persons.

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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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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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Sunvil Traveller specialises in carefully crafted flexible trips.

Based on two sharing, this Birdwatching itinerary includes direct international economy flights on British Airways, private transfers and tours (unless stated otherwise), accommodation in standard rooms (unless otherwise indicated) and meals as outlined in the itinerary.

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Our amazing family holiday to Costa Rica featuring laid-back beaches, wildlife and awesome activities!

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A great holiday for all the family which mixes and adventure to make sure everyone is occupied. Search for wildlife in Tortuguero, white water raft in the Pacuare River, catch waves on a surfing lesson and then explore one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, walking and zip lining through tree canopies.

  • Holiday duration: 14 days
  • Price from: £2,850
  • Operator: Fleewinter
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This 18 day holiday combines a visit to the magical ruins of Tikal, the beautiful and colourful highland towns of Antigua and Lake Atitlan, the Costa Rican capital San Jose, the fantastic jungle of Tortuguero, the beautiful cloud forest of Monteverde, and the active Arenal volcano.

  • Holiday duration: 18 days
  • Price from: £2,699
  • Operator: Llama Travel
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Discover the natural wonders and cultural delights of six countries on this three-week Central American adventure which travels from Panama to Guatemala, taking in the highlights of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras en route.

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From Caribbean to Pacific Ocean by bike. Diverse landscapes from tropical plantations to rainforest and volcanoes. Discover quiet village communities and striking colonial towns.

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