Costa Rica vacations. Tours & vacations in 2015 & 2016

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Costa Rica wildlife vacation
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from US $2945 - US $3475 (16 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure vacation
Fall under the spell of Costa Rica, from US $1649 (16 days) ex flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from £1950 - £2060 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tailor made vacation, highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural and cultural wonders, from £2200 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
Cloud forest and a volcano, plus a whole lot of relaxation, from £1650 (13 days) ex flights
Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from US $3325 - US $3475 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Experience Costa Rica's incredible wildlife and wilderness, from £1995 (14 days) ex flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
1206 nesting giant turtles 1000Ha tropical forest Pacuare, from US $210 (7 days) ex flights
Central America cycling vacation
Colonial cities, cloud forests and tropical island paradise, from US $3420 - US $3990 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tour
Explore the Caribbean coast to the Pacific, from US $1605 - US $1750 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica activity vacation
Hike, bike & raft in Costa Rica, from US $2790 (12 days) ex flights
Family vacation in Costa Rica
The perfect place to take your family, from US $2034 - US $2654 (15 days ) ex flights
Costa Rica vacation, encompassed
Nature and adventure, from US $1521 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica multisport vacation
Experience the natural beauty in this adrenaline-filled tour, from US $1499 - US $1699 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tour, small group
Express trip through the wonders of Costa Rica, from US $1625 - US $2010 (9 days) ex flights
Costa Rica coastal tour
Experience the best of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, from £1145 (8 days) ex flights
Rainforest expedition in Costa Rica
Live steps from the beach and work on wildlife conservation, from US $2920 - US $11120 (4 weeks) ex flights
Wildlife vacation in Costa Rica
Explore rainforests and reefs along the Caribbean coast, from US $855 (9 days) ex flights
Costa Rica and Nicaragua self drive vacation
Self drive vacation through the best of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, from £2200 - £2320 (20 days) ex flights
Costa Rica holiday, Rainforest adventure
Explore the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica, from £1425 (13 days) ex flights
Volunteer & vacation in Costa Rica
Turtle conservation project and Cost Rica tour, from US $1105 - US $1299 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica conservation tour, tailormade
The Pacific to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, from £1750 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family vacation, tailor made
Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica with your family, from £2315 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica self drive vacation, nature and wildlife
Explore Costa Rica on this self drive vacation, from £1577 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tour, activity and nature
Travel Costa Rica exploring its beautiful scenery in depth, from £1150 (11 days) ex flights
Yoga vacation in Costa Rica, in harmony with horses
Yoga-horse clinic on Costa Rica's stunning Caribbean coast, from US $950 - US $1010 (3 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Family turtle conservation volunteering in Costa Rica, from £483 (7 days) ex flights
Costa Rica vacations, Natures Wonderland
Costa Rica Nature’s Wonderland, from £1699 (12 days) ex flights
Central America tours
Highlights of Central America, from US $1683 (15 days) ex flights

71 reviews for Costa Rica vacations4 star overall rating

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Family vacation in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Tortuguero National Park-beautuful accomodation in the middle of the rainforest with howler monkeys and loads of birdlife very close-boat trip really quiet and special. Zipwiring incredible- Quite physically demanding but worth it as really long-I think 18 in total zip wires and run across a valley with the rainforest beneath you-Amazing. Tips? Great for teenagers- Busy itinary and good mix of wildlife walks/boat trips where you get really close and the adventure... (more)Helen Shard
From US $2034 - US $2654 excluding flights
Costa Rica adventure vacation
Very good...Costa Rica is a beautiful Country where real effort is being made to protect the natural resources. (more)Claire Horrocks
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best vacations, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
From US $1649 excluding flights
Costa Rica homestay vacations
Memorable parts? I enjoyed every moment of my stay but being taught to dance Bachata by my host family would have to be the highlight. Tips? If possible, ask to be placed at Dona Leila's house. She was the most wonderful host - incredibly friendly, very patient with my basic Spanish and an amazing cook. Local benefits? Definitely. I was immersed in the local small village community and the money from my homestay and other tours and activities was helping the locals sustain... (more)Elfie Burgess
From US $98 per person per night
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Incredible - the lodge and its views over the mountains and forest were breathtaking and we had the most relaxing time. We will definitely be staying at the lodge again if we are ever back in Costa Rica. (more)Elfie Burgess
They create all their own electricity with a small hydro-turbine... virtually ALL the work done on this coffee plantation is by the owners and locals. They have many LONG TERM employees because they treat them very well, from what I saw and understood. They are also re-foresting pasture land. Most of everything we ate was grown there except a few things they get from local farmers. (more)Korte Yeo
A fabulous situation , beautiful rooms, great service all round... We spent two weeks there and enjoyed every moment .Great thanks to the owners and their parents. (more)patrick heffron
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Wildlife vacation in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Seeing magnificent rainforest from high bridges on flanks of a volcano, seeing a turtle laying her eggs, giving bottle of milk to young spider, howler and capuchin monkeys at a rescue centre. Tips? Don't miss out on tours which give you full experience of the natural history of Costa Rica. Local benefits? I think the money I paid for my tours helped support the conservation and wildlife work and that my tour helped the businesses of the hotel and restaurant... (more)Celia Home
From US $855 excluding flights
Costa Rica tour
The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream! I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc. (more)ANGELA HOLLAND
Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Michael Murphy
Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable...Excellent. (more)J. Suzanne Hula
From US $1605 - US $1750 excluding flights
Central America overland tours
Memorable parts? Fantastic insight into many different cultures. Stunning and varied scenery in wonderful hot weather from the might of the Panama Canal to the jaw dropping beauty of the rain and cloud forests to the awesome splendour of the region's volcanoes and craters Tips? Do as much research as possible before your trip - I wished I had done more! Try and learn some basic conversational Spanish - I wish I had learnt more! Local benefits? Tourism is an infant business... (more)Douglas Newlands
From £1944 - £2087 excluding flights
Costa Rica multisport vacation
Memorable parts? The time spent in the jungle rafting down the river, staying in jungle lodges and trekking to nearby waterfalls. Tips? Don't book the extra adrenaline pack before you go. It's better to pick and choose your activities when you're there. Local benefits? Local transport was occasionally used and the sharing of rooms reduced the environmental impact Overall rating? Really enjoyable and a good variety of activities. Not too much traveling as well (more)James Mead
From US $1499 - US $1699 excluding flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
The most memorable part was Rio Celeste hike to waterfall and lagoon. River trip on Rio Frio. (more)Deirdre Devine
Tremendous: we loved it. My husband and I would go again for the wildlife... (more)Kate Macdonald
Very good...The trip to Los Campesinos reserve was wonderful - the wildlife we saw was superb, and the friendliness of everyone involved made it a great excursion (more)Vicki Barnard
From £1650 excluding flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Fantastic vacation and a slice of paradise! Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! (more)Charles Czajkowski
I think the most memorable for the adults was staying on the Osa Peninsula which was perfect in every imaginable way for us. The kids liked that too but would say that learning to surf in Uvita or white-water rafting were most memorable. (more)Anne Tutt
It was all memorable but probably the two things which stand out were the tour to Torteguero and the one day trip to the Corcavado national park from Uvita. (more)Margaret Everall
From £1950 - £2060 excluding flights
Volunteer & vacation in Costa Rica
Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea. Walking up Cerro Chatto and swimming in the extinct volcano were the most memorable parts of this vacation. (more)Ian Spilsbury
10/10. A great vacation, very easy, no hassle, various options available whilst at destinations. The most memorable parts of the vacation were ziplining through the rainforest, night hike in Monteverde and the group of people I met. (more)Tracy Suff
I enjoyed the tour, had a great tour leader and was with a good bunch of people. (more)Sue Sanders
From US $1105 - US $1299 excluding flights
Costa Rica vacation, encompassed
The most exciting part of the Costa Rica encompassed trip was zip lining above the trees in Monteverde Cloud Forest and abseiling down the waterfalls on a canyoneering trip outside La Fortuna. (more)Louise Muller
Definitely white water rafting on the way from Cahuita to San Jose was the highlight. A great day out, the river was perfect. Lots of adrenaline and lovely refreshing water. An amazing lunch was laid on for us as well by the side of the river. (more)Elaine Bettaney
The most memorable part was going into the beautiful clear, turquoise and remarkably warm water of the Pacific ocean, for a swim just as the sun was setting - an amazing way to start the vacation. (more)Susie Everest
From US $1521 excluding flights
Costa Rica tailor made vacation, highlights
Memorable parts? The stay at Cerro Escondido. It was not touristy, the hike there was great, and the managers were very welcoming. A beautiful, peaceful spot, off the beaten track. Tips? If you go to Tortuguero, go for as good a lodge as you can afford. We felt our guide was not as good as the one from the other lodge. Don't just stick to the well known bits, get off the beaten track a bit to experience the real Costa Rica. Local benefits? Yes! Most guides were local,... (more)Yvonne Chapman
From £2200 excluding flights
Costa Rica coastal tour
Memorable parts? All of it! Tips? Research what you want to do as there is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that one trip will not be enough!! Local benefits? Yes very much so! Felt intergrated into the communities! Overall rating? 10/10. (more)Julia Hames
From £1145 excluding flights
Coast to coast cycling vacation in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Every day with new discoveries of Costa Rica, beautiful cycling experience, local tour leader Memo and his fantastic crew member Luís and Ronald, and variety of vacation experience in two weeks made this vacation the best I've ever been. Tips? Be prepared for rice and beans three times a day for two weeks ;) Local benefits? Yes, absolutely, in all the trips (including optional) I felt that local people were supported in their business, be it a local restaurant... (more)Agne Bajoriniene
From US $3325 - US $3475 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
A fantastic experience where we met like minded people who we have continued to stay in touch with. I would definitely do it again. (more)Anna Hulton
10 out of 10! Pacuare Nature Reserve in Costa Rica is an amazing location with lots of opportunity for viewing wildlife. I felt very fortunate to get up close and personal with the Turtle Conservation work they do. (more)Vanessa Jones
From US $210 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
I would give the vacation 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
From £677 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Brilliant! Most places we stayed in were run by local people and I made sure I bought all my souvenirs from a craft cooperative. (more)Una Carter
Fantastic. Cannot recommend the agent highly enough. They listened so carefully to what we were looking for, and tailored the itinerary and accommodation perfectly. As such it was a brilliant mixture of wildlife, walking, landscapes, relaxation and adventure. (more)Jemima Jewell
From £1995 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
A wonderfully diverse trip visiting lots of different areas of Costa Rica seeing lots of different ecosystems and wildlife. (more)wendy O Brien
Fantastic vacation. The wildlife and natural landscapes are amazing and worth the trip alone. For the sheer scope of diversity, colour and experiences this trip is unrivalled. (more)Lindsay (Mr) Challoner
If you are bird crazy then this is the vacation for you (more)Baron-vahl Amos
From US $2945 - US $3475 excluding flights
Costa Rica family activity vacation
Memorable parts? The "adrenaline" activities - horse-riding, rafting, canyoning. Watching the children playing in the hotel pool at Arenal while the volcano puffed in the background, and feeling slightly uneasily like a citizen of Pompeii... Sitting one metre from an egg-laying turtle. Tips? A really strong insect repellent - ours was sold in a metal canister as it dissolves plastic, and seemed to be more effective than other people's! Definitely do the optional kayaking at Tortugero... (more)Hilary Mackintosh
From £2125 excluding flights
Family turtle watching tour in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Watching the giant leatherback turtles come ashore and lay their eggs under a starry sky with our family Tips? Don't miss this trip but bring an umbrella, wellies, waterproofs, headtorch with a red light. Local benefits? Yes, all of these Overall rating? An unforgettable and amazing experience for all our family (more)Charlie Record
From US $210 - US $240 excluding flights
Central America vacation
Zip Lining in Monteverde was the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Gordon Beattie
Hiking up Conception Volcano was the most memorable part of the trip. (more)Shelagh Travers
Very good...Definitely climbing Concepcion volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua was the most memorab;e part of the trip. (more)Graham Dalby
From US $1359 - US $1770 excluding flights
Central America tours
Memorable parts? Roatan was by far the best stopover on this trip. The people on the tour were fabulous as well. Tips? Be wary of the long travel days. The dossier online makes each stop seem like a destination spot which is not the case. This tour would benefit from adding some flights from like Roatan to Managua to avoid 12 hour travel days, of which there are many in this tour. Local benefits? Yes we took lots of local transportation and really integrated with the local... (more)Angie Watson
From US $1683 excluding flights
Rainforest expedition in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Three hours into a long, dark, sweaty walk on my first turtle survey a mighty Leatherback turtle suddenly looms into view on the beach ahead. We crouch down out of sight behind her and count the number of eggs she lays into a pit in the sand. When she’s done we tag a rear flipper for tracking purposes, take her measurements and record other data. Having covered the nest she doesn’t wait around. Hauling herself back down the beach she slips back into the ocean. We’re all... (more)Dominic Greves
From US $2920 - US $11120 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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