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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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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 1,063 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).

    Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport £93
    Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport

    Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport

    Ruta #21 Frente Al, Liberia
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,523 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. Hermosa Bay Beach and Africa Mia are also within 16 miles (25 km).

      Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica £67
      Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

      Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

      Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, San Jose
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,340 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.

        Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience £78
        Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience

        Volcano Lodge Hotel & Thermal Experience

        7 Km West From La Fortuna, La Fortuna
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 2,087 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly La Fortuna lodge is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Volcano National Park and Ecotermales Fortuna. Ecoglide Arenal Park and Arenal Adventure World are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive £320
          Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

          Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive

          Playa Manzanillo Bahia Culebra, Golfo de Papagayo
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 36 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 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).

            Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center £67
            Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

            Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

            Autopista General Canas, Ciudad Cariari
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 1,820 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).

              Hotel Luisiana £31
              Hotel Luisiana

              Hotel Luisiana

              100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 2,032 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).

                Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort £148
                Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

                Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

                Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 1,348 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Tamarindo, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Tamarindo Beach and Grande Beach. Ventanas Beach and Avellana Beach are also within 12 miles (20 km).

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