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Costa Rica Holiday Guide

If you’re looking for a holiday destination that offers the best of the tropics, the best of Latin America and a blend of Caribbean and Pacific coastal scenery, then Costa Rica is the destination for you. No other country offers such a choice of attractions: with gold and silver beaches, waves that suit everyone from family paddlers to hardcore surfers, a wealth of pristine rainforest and cloud-forest parks to explore, an endless choice of adventurous and sporting activities, and a friendly welcome from its tourist friendly towns and cities, come to Costa Rica and enjoy it all!

Costa Rica is blessed with a multitude of natural parks, protecting a range of natural ecosystems ranging from high cloud forests, to lowland rainforests, to coastal mangrove swamps and lagoons, to unspoilt coral reefs. Visit Arenal National Park to get close to the rugged splendour of Arenal Volcano, and venture into the cloud forests of the Savegre Reserve to see the colourful bird species such as the beautifully coloured quetzal. The Manuel Antonio National Park near the picture-perfect Quepos on the Pacific Coast is one of many rainforest wildernesses, where expert guides will help you spot spider and howler monkeys, sloths, bats and macaws. And visit Tortuguero National Park to witness giant turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

Costa Rica’s beaches are washed by the waters of two oceans. The Pacific coast is the larger draw for visitors, featuring a wonderful variety of sandy beaches, surf and waves that offer something for everyone, coral reefs that entice snorkelers and divers from around the world, and natural rainforest that often reaches to the beaches. Drake Bay, on a pristine stretch of southern coast, offers swimming, diving, forest trekking, horse riding and many more idyllic activities. Dominical features a gloriously long coastal strip with waves ideal for watersports aficionados, and nearby Caño Island is the place to dive amongst turtles, whales and all sorts of colourful fish.

From the capital of San José, to such visitor-friendly towns as Cartago and San Ramón, Costa Rica bids a friendly welcome to holiday makers. There is a wide choice of holiday hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and camping sites, so let Expedia’s search filters help you find the town and accommodation that suits your preferences and pocket. Whichever town you visit, you will find a range of museums, historic sites and cultural attractions, as well as parks bursting with colourful flora and fauna. And once you’ve walked up an appetite, check out the fresh produce markets to pick up a delicious lunch or dinner.

From treetop zipline rides to coral-reef scuba dives, Costa Rica has holiday activities to suit everyone. The rainforest parks offer guided tours along their excellent walking trails, and sites such as the Black Stallion Eco Park allow visitors to explore nature on horseback. Many rainforest sites feature canyoning, rapelling and ziplining, while the beach resorts serve up a choice of surfing, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.


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Hotel Luisiana £31
Hotel Luisiana

Hotel Luisiana

100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 1,975 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    This family-friendly Santa Ana hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Business Center Forum 1, Momentum Lindora Shopping Center and Business Center Forum 2. Multiplaza Mall Escazu and Ojo de Agua Spa Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive £270
    Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

    Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

    Playa Manzanillo Bahia Culebra, Golfo de Papagayo
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 11 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      This Papagayo resort is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Marina Papagayo, and within 25 mi (40 km) of Hermosa Bay Beach and Coco Beach. Papagayo Golf and Country Club and Hidden Garden Art Gallery are also within 25 miles (40 km).

      Studio Hotel £61
      Studio Hotel

      Studio Hotel

      50 meters North of the Red Cross, Santa Ana
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 1,106 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Museum of Costa Rican Art, National Theater and Gold Museum (Museo de Oro). National Museum of Costa Rica and Jade Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica £62
        Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica

        Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica

        Sobre Autopista General Cañas, Ciudad Cariari
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1,002 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Real Cariari and Cariari Bowling Center. Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Volcano Lodge and Springs £58
          Volcano Lodge and Springs

          Volcano Lodge and Springs

          7 Km West From La Fortuna, La Fortuna
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 1,992 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly La Fortuna lodge is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Volcano National Park. Ecoglide Arenal Park and Ecotermales Fortuna are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Barceló San José £60
            Barceló San José

            Barceló San José

            Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 1,783 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Museum of Costa Rican Art, Sabana Park and Estadio Nacional. Jade Museum and National Center of Art and Culture are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica £61
              Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

              Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

              Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, San Jose
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 1,255 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Children's Museum (Museo de los Ninos), Simon Bolivar Zoo and Mercado Central. National Theater and Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) are also within 6 mi (10 km). San Jose Atlantic Station is 22 minutes by foot and San Jose Fercori Station is 24 minutes.

                Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center £56
                Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

                Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

                Autopista General Canas, Ciudad Cariari
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 1,741 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park. Metro Free Zone & Business Park and Cafe Britt Coffee Farm are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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