Whether it is a holiday in Costa Rica or a Costa Rica honeymoon, this is a nature-lover’s paradise, boasting a biodiversity comparable to the Amazon in a country the size of Wales. Thanks to years of stability and peace, a sophisticated tourism infrastructure showcases an amazingly rich and varied network of national parks that protect an impressive 25% of the country. The relaxed and friendly nature of the proud locals gives you a warm welcome.
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If you are looking for adventure you’ll find it here with rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding, surfing and zip-lining through the forest canopy. The grand rivers of Costa Rica have impressive rapids that offer world class rafting of different grades to suit all adrenalin needs. It’s easy to see why Costa Rica has become the world’s leading ‘eco-tourism’ destination.
The famed cloud forest reserve of Monteverde found in the north of the country is positively teeming with life. The sight of the sun setting over the pacific ocean is stunning from up here.
Tortuguero is set in dense rainforest on the Caribbean coast, far from any roads, where a network of backwaters offers unrivalled opportunities to view the abundant wildlife up close. Literally thousands of Green Turtles land on these beaches to nest each year, giving the place its name.
The perfect volcanic cone of Arenal is one of the most active in the world, regularly spouting lava. This firework display can be best appreciated at night while you soak in thermal spring waters with a cocktail in your hand.
1. Flor Blanca
2. Lapa Rios
3. Pacuare Lodge
4. Punta Islita
5. Casa Corcovado
Pristine beaches are lined with coastal jungle offering the perfect location to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of this stunning coastline. Away from the more developed parts of the coast are a handful of boutique hotels that offer an exclusive retreat in paradise.
This Pacific peninsula is the last frontier in Costa Rica boasting the richest concentration of flora and fauna. Relatively inaccessible and only recently opening up to tourism, Osa offers an ideal opportunity to explore the wild!
Comparable in grandeur to the Amazon basin, Corcovado National Park boasts 46 km of untouched coastline and a vast tract of virgin tropical wet forest. This is Costa Rica’s last frontier and has only recently been opened up to visitors.
The most exclusive beach retreats of Costa Rica are to be found on the Nicoya Peninsula. Remote, pristine beaches are lined with jungle offering a perfect place to relax and enjoy the dry, sunny climate.
Monteverde is the best possible example of cloud forest – an astoundingly fertile environment that is teeming with life. The near 100% humidity means that from forest floor to leafy canopy, it’s just layer upon layer of plant life, inhabited by myriad mammals, birds and insects.
The perfect cone of Arenal volcano dominates the surrounding area and is one of the most active in the world. Throughout the day and night the sounds of eruptions boom across the valley, whilst frequent eruptions throw magma into the air and glowing hot lava snakes down the flanks.
Costa Rica featured lodges:
The beauty of Kioro is its close proximity to the Arenal Volcano – just 3km from the base! The modern buildings were designed with this is mind and as such they have huge floor to ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the volcano
This has an unbeatable location, situated 9 km off the main road, up a dirt track and right under the Volcano! Staying here, you are the closest you can possibly be to Arenal and really feel part of the action
This is a grand and sumptuous hotel filled with fabulous antiques and art, which takes you back to another era – early 20thcentury San Jose. Old black and white photographs line the corridors and are a fascinating illustration of what life in Costa Rica used to be