Our Costa Rica vacations

Costa Rica is a pioneer in sustainable tourism, so our vacations ensure that while admiring the (spectacular) wildlife of this easy-going Central American country, you’ll also be contributing to their protection. That could mean volunteering with turtles on the beach or visiting parks and reserves where entrance fees fund conservation. It definitely means staying in small, family-run hotels and exploring with guides drawn from local communities who will share with you their unparalleled knowledge of Costa Rica’s culture and nature. This is one of the world’s top activity vacation destinations for families, and it’s easy to see why.

Our top Costa Rica vacations

Costa Rica wildlife vacation

From US $4079 to US $4879
15 days ex flights
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife
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Costa Rica highlights vacation & beach

From £1455
13 days ex flights
Short highlight itinerary covering city, forests and beach.

Costa Rica 13 day family vacation

From £1618
13 days ex flights
Spend your summer vacation in the land of Pura Vida!

Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

From £1289
7 days ex flights
Family turtle conservation volunteering in Costa Rica

Costa Rica highlights vacation

From £1565
13 days ex flights
Two weeks exploring the highlights of Costa Rica.

Self drive vacation in Costa Rica

From £4900
20 days ex flights
Self-drive Costa Rica's hidden gems, away from the crowds.

Costa Rica tour

From US $1800 to US $2120
15 days ex flights
Explore the Caribbean coast to the Pacific
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Costa Rica wildlife vacation, Coastal Secrets

From US $5049 to US $5599
15 days ex flights
Wildlife rich waterways of Tortuguero to the dense jungle
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Costa Rica wildlife tour

From US $3385
14 days ex flights
Experience Costa Rica's incredible wildlife and wilderness

About our Costa Rica vacations

Cost Rica vacations, wildlife

Costa Rica is teeming with wildlife, with half of the country blanketed in primary forest, and around a third of it protected by conservation areas. Spring is the best time to observe iguanas going about their courtship rituals. There are no fewer than six species of turtle – Tortuguero National Park sees loggerheads, leatherbacks, Atlantic greens and hawksbills. Forests echo with the calls of birdlife, including toucans with impressive beaks and small armies of monkeys. Sloths laze on tree branches, shy jaguars slink in the shadows, and gigantic American crocodiles crowd mangrove swamps and freshwater rivers, making impromptu swims highly inadvisable.

Multi activity vacations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica vacations are usually multi activity vacations; that’s just the nature of travel here. A typical itinerary might see you wildlife watching in the rainforest one day and tubing down a lazy river the next. You could be trying your first surf lesson on a Caribbean beach, mountain biking, or strapping in for a thrilling zipline tour through the tree canopy. Activities are always set against the backdrop of Costa Rica’s lush scenery and although cultural vacations here are not so common, there are scenes of everyday life unfolding around you throughout.

Family vacations in Costa Rica

As you can probably imagine from a country where you can zipline through rainforests, tube down rivers, learn to surf, and watch turtles on idyllic beaches or monkeys eyeing up your fruit baskets, Costa Rica is a wonderful country for family vacations. And while families with older kids will find no end of adventures to dive into headfirst, those with younger ones looking to take it easier will love it here too. Costa Rica has tourism down to a tee and the only real downside is that your kids will not stop nagging you to go back again afterwards.

Top 10 animals in Costa Rica

You’ll probably see a lot more than 10 by the end of your first few days in Costa Rica, but our top 10 animals guide includes the iguanas that you’ll find all over Manuel Antonio National Park, the huge troupes of monkeys you’ll see swinging through the tree canopies any time you go into the forests, picnic-fancying coatis that look like small badgers, lazy sloths, and the many turtles of Tortuguero National Park. Basically, any of the animals that aren’t going to try and eat you.

Cycling vacations in Costa Rica

Fancy somewhere a little more exotic for your next cycling vacation? If your idea of the perfect getaway is one where you spend most of it in the saddle then Costa Rica will be a tantalising prospect. Cycling vacations, typically guided small group tours, operate pretty much all year round. The Coast to Coast is a stand-out route, taking you through forested, volcanic and coastal terrain over two weeks, climbing up mountain passes and down through valleys filled with plantations until you reach the warm Caribbean. There are exciting multi-country cycling vacations too, combining Costa Rica with Panama and Nicaragua.

Types of tours & vacations in Costa Rica

All Costa Rica vacations are adventure vacations, just with different degrees of adventure. This compact country packs a lot of excitement into its borders, from river rafting to ziplining and rainforest trekking. The latter is always a highlight – you’d struggle to picture a better destination for wildlife vacations. Costa Rica is an unforgettable place for family vacations – safe and relaxed, and never a dull moment for kids aged from about seven upwards. Small group vacations have an inbuilt social element, with new friends to cheer you on throughout and local guides offering a chance to explore Costa Rican culture a little too.
[Wildlife : Ashley Lee] [Top 10 animals : Jan Hazevoet] [Family vacations : Michiel Van Balen] [Multi activity vacations : Zachary Shea] [Cycling vacations : Exodus] [Types of vacations : Perry Grone]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Jay Iwasaki] [Wildlife : Ashley Lee] [Top 10 animals : Jan Hazevoet] [Family vacations : Michiel Van Balen] [Multi activity vacations : Zachary Shea] [Cycling vacations : Exodus] [Types of vacations : Perry Grone]