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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.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Costa Rica?

A: If you can't wait to go and explore the region of Heredia or even farther afield, a rental car is a smart idea. Wind down the windows and find all of the attractions and landscapes that this amazing place has to offer. Just sticking to the cities of San Jose or Limon? Your own set of wheels is the way to detour from the well-worn tourist track. When it comes to Cheap Car Hire in Costa Rica, we're here to help.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Costa Rica?

A: There are a number of airports in Costa Rica. International flights usually arrive into:

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.): 1,774 international flights per month.
  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.): 435 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Costa Rica?

A: Most visitors choose to bed down in hotels in Costa Rica. But that doesn't mean you have to follow suit. You'll also find condos, lodges and apartments in abundance here, and they're available for booking with Expedia.

Q: What does a Costa Rica holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Car and flight. Flight and hotel. Hotel and car. Hotel, flight and car. You get the gist. You can lock in as much or as little as you want, all in one place. To get the most out of your Costa Rica holiday, check out our experiences and attractions while you're at it.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Costa Rica?

A: Our package deals are the easiest way to save loads of dollars on your getaway. See someplace new for less when you combine your Flights, Hotels and even Car Rentals with a little help from Expedia. Time to stop daydreaming and get booking.

Q: What are the best things to do in Costa Rica?

A: You can't miss out on Valle del Sol, Barva Volcano and Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica if your travel plans include San Jose. These attractions are a hit among locals and travellers alike.

If you want to base your adventure in Limon, it's well worth stopping by Avenida 2 and Veragua Rainforest Park. You'll also have loads of fun at Sea Wall.

Or, if you're only going to be unwinding in Liberia, you still won't be left short on options. Iglesia Inmaculada Concepción de María, La Agonía and Galeria 1824 Gallery are just the start.

Costa Rica itinerary for 7 days


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Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive £152
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Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive

Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive

El Roble 23, Barranca, Puntarenas
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Unfortunately we were there during the Covid19 breakout so towards the end we were asked to move to another room and had to separate our family for dinner. Prior to that we had a nice time. Rooms are dated but clean. Food good. 9p entertainment was great. Thanks.

    Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive £311
    Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020
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    Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

    Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

    Playa Manzanillo Bahia Culebra, Papagayo
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The only issue I had with the property was the food.... The Asian place is the best option for dinner if you want special stuff and Tex mex breakfast. Costa Rica does that have pretty beaches so don’t get your expectations up. I will definitely come back a million times

      Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt
      Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020
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      Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt

      Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt

      Peninsula Papagayo, Papagayo, Guanacaste
         
        4.7 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Beautiful and clean. And everything was very sustainably made. Also, I loved that there was a lot of filtered water available and easy to find on the property.

        Hotel Luisiana £27
        Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020
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        Hotel Luisiana

        Hotel Luisiana

        100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana, San Jose
           
          4.2 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Spacious room - we had a king bed and big bathroom.

          Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive
          Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020
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          Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive

          Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive

          Playa El Jobo, La Cruz, Guanacaste
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Unique-monkeys! On your balcony. staff should probably notify guests with a little more details other than “don’t feed the animals”.

            Hyatt Place San José/Pinares £96
            Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020
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            Hyatt Place San José/Pinares

            Hyatt Place San José/Pinares

               
              4.6 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Nice property in a cool location. Roberth at the front desk greeted me with a smile and remembered my name every time I passed by. I was impressed.

              Fauna Luxury Hostel £8
              Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020
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              Fauna Luxury Hostel

              Fauna Luxury Hostel

              del Edificio Municipal de Escazú 150mts, Antiguo Hotel Beacon, Escazu
                 
                4.5 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This used to be a beautiful hotel but it has been neglected. It’s unfortunate because the architecture and structure is still there.

                Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo £90
                Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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                Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo

                Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo

                Flamingo Beach, Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Love the beach, pool, swim up bar, very friendly staff Did not like having raccoons running around in the restaurant as I was eating, that was unsanitary

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