Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation


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.


Top Hotel Deals

See all 4,818 properties in Costa Rica
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport £98
Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport

Ruta #21 Frente Al, Aeropuerto Internacional, Liberia, Guanacaste
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,616 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Liberia Parque Central and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Africa Mia and Hermosa Bay Beach are also within 16 miles (25 km).

    Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, San Jose Aeropuerto, Costa Rica £67
    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, Heredia
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 1,166 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

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

      Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive £305
      Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

      Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

         
        4.2
        of 5, from 77 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This Papagayo resort is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Marina Papagayo, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Santa Rosa National Park and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Coco Beach and Hermosa Bay Beach are also within 25 miles (40 km).

        Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort £162
        Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

        Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

        Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo, Guanacaste
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1,402 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Tamarindo, this beach resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grande Beach and Tamarindo Beach. Tamarindo Church is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

          Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience £89
          Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience

          Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience

             
            4.6
            of 5, from 2,164 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is in the same area as Ecotermales Fortuna, Ecoglide Arenal Park and La Fortuna Waterfall. Area attractions also include Arenal Adventure World and Arenal Volcano National Park.

            Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center £72
            Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

            Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

            Autopista General Canas, 3 Miles South of Intl Airport, Ciudad Cariari, Heredia
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 1,902 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, in Ciudad Cariari, this spa hotel is close to Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park. Area attractions also include Metro Free Zone & Business Park and Cafe Britt Coffee Farm.

              Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica £76
              Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

              Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

              Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, Calle Blancos, San Jose, San Jose
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 1,406 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), Gold Museum (Museo de Oro) and National Theater. Simon Bolivar Zoo and Mercado Central are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Jose Atlantic Station is 22 minutes by foot and San Jose Fercori Station is 24 minutes.

                Fiesta Resort Central Pacific £125
                Fiesta Resort Central Pacific

                Fiesta Resort Central Pacific

                El Roble 23, Barranca, Puntarenas
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 751 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  This Barranca resort is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Puntarenas Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Caldera Port and Puntarenas Pier. Victoria Park and Puntarenas Cathedral are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                  Top Flight + Hotel Deals