Costa Rica vacations. Tours & vacations in 2016 & 2017

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Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Tailor made self-drive vacation in stunning Costa Rica, from £1950 - £2060 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from US $2765 - US $3395 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica highlights vacation & beach
Short highlight itinerary covering city, forests and beach, from £995 - £1235 (13 days) ex flights
Central America cycling vacation
Colonial cities, cloud forests and tropical island paradise, from US $3485 - US $3565 (15 days) ex flights
Wildlife vacation in Costa Rica
Explore rainforests and reefs along the Caribbean coast, from US $807 - US $949 (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
Family vacation in Costa Rica
The perfect place to take your family, from US $2329 - US $2980 (15 days ) ex flights
Costa Rica tour
Explore the Caribbean coast to the Pacific, from US $1479 - US $1895 (15 days) ex flights
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Family turtle conservation volunteering in Costa Rica, from £535 (7 days) ex flights
Costa Rica on a shoestring, tailor made
Great value vacation through stunning Costa Rica, from £1144 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family vacation, rainforests and volcanoes
Discover Costa Rica's mountains, volcanoes, rainforests and beaches, from £1399 - £1449 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife & beaches holiday, Pacific Coast
Wildlife and Beaches of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, from £2195 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family adventure vacation
Get active in the great Costa Rican outdoors, from £2800 (10 days) ex flights
Costa Rica vacation, off the beaten track
Off the usual tourist trail in 3 weeks, from £2038 - £2155 (22 days) ex flights
Anchorage to Tierra Del Fuego overland truck tour
Epic overland trip from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, from US $9835 - US $10165 (207 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family activity vacation
Experience the natural wonders and activities of Costa Rica, from £2240 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica turtle conservation experience
Help protect turtles by volunteering in Costa Rica, from £420 - £3075 (7 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife & beaches holiday
The classic Costa Rica and little known treasures of Panama, from £1525 - £1595 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica vacation, natural highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural highlights on this tailor made journey, from £2802 (14 days) ex flights
Central America overland tours
Travel through 6 Central American countries, from £2007 - £2057 (22 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family adventure tour
Thrilling jungle and beach eco-adventure in Costa Rica, from £2395 (11 days) ex flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $185 - US $260 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica tailor made vacation, highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural and cultural wonders, from £2200 (13 days) ex flights
Luxury vacation in Costa Rica
Romantic vacation in Costa Rica, from £2392 (12 days) ex flights
Family vacation in Costa Rica, prvate departure
Family adventure vacation in Costa Rica, from US $1935 - US $2034 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation, private depature
Explore the wildlife of this extraordinarily diverse country, from £3316 (15 days) ex flights
Central America small group tour
Epic Central American journey from Mexico to Costa Rica, from US $2950 - US $3375 (32 days) ex flights
Luxury Costa Rica vacation
The ultimate relaxing Costa Rica vacation, from US $2549 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica activity vacation
Explore Costa Rica’s remotest rainforest – Corcovado National Park, from US $2895 (9 days) ex flights
Costa Rica eco retreat, rent the resort
Rent a Beautiful Rainforest Resort Overlooking the Caribbean, from US $130 - US $225 per accommodation per night

75 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 $2329 - US $2980 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 $1699 - US $1799 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 $185 - US $260 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 $807 - US $949 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 $1479 - US $1895 excluding flights
Self drive vacation in Costa Rica
Amazing. A learning experience that was exciting and fun every day. (more)Sarah Lewis
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
From £1950 - £2060 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 £2007 - £2057 excluding flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife vacation
Fantastic service from the operator - right from the first phone call it was clear that they're not only experts, but really cared about making this tailor-made trip absolutely perfect for us. (more)Sheila Chatrath
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
From £1650 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 $1699 - US $1899 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 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 $1440 - US $1599 excluding flights
Costa Rica family adventure holiday
Memorable parts? The friends we made, the beautiful unspoilt rainforest, the abundant wildlife, and the lovely beaches. Tips? Prepare for a wide temp variation - cooler and wetter in the forests, and very warm and dry on the beaches. Take insect repellent, sunscreen, a waterproof and a hat. Its safe to drink the water so take a bottle and refill. The food is lovely, not spicy, plenty of fruits and variety with something for every palate. You will take so many photos! Binoculars are... (more)Sophie Headland
From US $1946 - US $2229 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 $3295 - US $3505 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
I loved Costa Rica there is so much to see, not just the turtles but the bird life is exceptional, the hummingbirds are a joy to watch and the butterflies are stunning. Would recommend this as a destination for all nature lovers. (more)Caroline Stringer
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 $280 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 £735 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife vacation
Great variety of eco-lodge type locations enabled great wildlife watching. Playa blancas area favourite location. (more)Duncan Priddle
A wonderful experience with a good group of people (more)teresa yates
Staying in Tortuguera and floating down the canals thru the jungle watching birds, monkeys and iguanas. (more)Ursula Stanton
From US $2765 - US $3395 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Can't pick any one memorable moment, there were too many. Cable car across a forest valley? Wild toucans and Macaws? Being buzzed by humming birds? Exotic fruit and food?... (more)Mike Adams
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 £2100 excluding flights
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? This project and experience was absolutely amazing. As a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children, 8 & 10 yrs old) we decided it was important to not just have a vacation but to do something that would play a part in making a different to our environment for the future. Our 8 year old son, in particular had an interest in Turtles so we decided this would be a great project to work on. We weren't disappointed. The location was stunning, remote (so off the tourist route, which... (more)Simon Wrench
From £535 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 $280 excluding flights
Costa Rica on a shoestring, tailor made
Memorable parts? We were paticularly impressed with the quality of the hotels we had chosen. A favourite was the Arenal Observatory Lodge with it's wonderful location. The Hotel Bougainvillea in San Jose was also excellent with fantastic gardens. My husband's main reason for choosing Costa Rica was for the bird watching and he was more than happy. Tips? Be sure that the hotel you choose is in the best location for your activities. Also make sure that you have a good vacation... (more)John Diley
From £1144 excluding flights
Costa Rica highlights vacation & beach
Memorable parts? The night walk was a wonderful wildlife experience. Meeting the Ticos and feeling their pride in their country and how welcome they made us feel as tourists/guests was really special Tips? Book in advance Learn some basic Spanish Take waterproof and warmer clothing than you think you may need for the volcanic area and cloud forest Use a rucksack rather than a wheeled suitcase! Use the Lonely Planet Guide Local benefits? Yes to all of those - certainly hope... (more)John Davies
From £995 - £1235 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 £2240 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 $1701 - US $1889 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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