Tiny Costa Rica is big in biodiversity, beaches and stylish boutique accommodation.
The small Central American republic of Costa Rica – ‘Rich Coast’ in Spanish – has carved a niche for itself as an eco-paradise, with virgin tropical rainforests, volcanoes, miles of sandy beaches and a superb choice of top quality luxury boutique hotels and villas.
Costa Rica has made huge efforts towards environmental sustainability. More than one quarter of the total land area has been designated as National Park or protected areas and the country is aiming to become the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021.
There are many opportunities to spot characterful and colourful creatures ranging from howler monkeys to toucans and red-eyed tree frogs to giant leatherback turtles. Despite its small physical size (just 0.03% of the world’s landmass) the country is home to some 5% of the world’s biodiversity and is of particular interest to bird watchers.
More than 1.5 million visitors per year visit Costa Rica, yet because many of the hotels are small and intimate, you would never guess it is such a popular place. The varied topography and ease of getting around means you can pack a lot of experiences into a short time.
You could easily be walking in the cloud forest on one day, visiting an active volcano the next, have a thrilling day of white-water rafting through class 3 and 4 rapids, go zip-lining through the forest canopy, see giant leatherback turtles laying their eggs on a Caribbean beach and finish up with a few days of R&R on the Pacific coast. Choice and variety is very much the name of the game here.
Costa Rica makes an ideal hideaway for couples and honeymooners, but the country is also a great family destination, with safe and well-organised activities like horse riding in the countryside in addition to the more adrenaline-fuelled adventure activities… while the Pacific beaches offer snorkelling, swimming and – for the more skilled – some great surfing.
There is a new wave of creative modern Costa Rican cuisine developing now, and with plenty of fresh seafood and natural jungle fruits you will not go hungry. And of course, Costa Rican coffee has become world-famous.
The best time of year to visit Costa Rica is the dry season between November and April, although the ‘green season’ offers its own charms.
To discover more about Costa Rica’s great diversity and the broad variety of experiences it offers give us a call or send us a message.
Places we love to stay
Set on the banks of the Pacuare River, this fabulous lodge is our top pick in Costa Rica.View details about Pacuare Lodge
The Four Seasons is the epitome of style and class and has a fabulous location on the Papagayo PeninsularView details about Four Seasons
El Silencio Lodge
El Silencio is an award-winning example of one of Costa Rica's luxury eco-lodges set in lush cloud forest.View details about El Silencio Lodge
The Andaz Papagayo is a top notch hotel with two beaches and full facilities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.View details about Andaz Papagayo
Poas Volcano Lodge
Poas Volcano Lodge is a beautiful boutique hotel in the cloud forest just 45 minutes' drive from the airport.View details about Poas Volcano Lodge
The Rio Perdido is a hideaway resort and spa with thermal pools and great adventure activities.View details about Rio Perdido
Nayara Springs and Spa and Garden
Nayara Springs is a new and exclusive adults-only resort with views to the Arenal VolcanoView details about Nayara Springs and Spa and Garden
Grano De Oro
Grano de Oro is a delightful historic hotel with an excellent restaurant in the heart of San Jose.View details about Grano De Oro
Kura Design Villas
The Kura Design Villas are the perfect romantic hideaway in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.View details about Kura Design Villas
Tortuga Lodge offers rustic luxury with a great riverfront setting in Tortuguero.View details about Tortuga Lodge
Lapa Rios Eco-Lodge
Lapa Rios is a delightful eco-lodge with a natural feel set overlooking the Pacific Ocean.View details about Lapa Rios Eco-Lodge
Arenas del Mar
Arenas del Mar is our top beachfront pick at the popular Manuel Antonio National ParkView details about Arenas del Mar
Latitude 10 is an exclusive beachfront hideaway on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.View details about Latitude 10
Casa Corcovado is the closest hotel to the Corcovado National Park and offers a fabulous nature experienceView details about Casa Corcovado