When you think of the eco-paradise that is Costa Rica, what do you imagine? Rainforests and majestic volcanoes perhaps? Maybe a rugged coastline with Caribbean white sand and perfect surf? If thats the case, youd not be far wrong. Add into the mix what many claim to be the best coffee in the world, turtles crawling up the beaches to lay their eggs, and hummingbirds filling the skies.
Its easy to see why this humble Central American country has been named the happiest in the world. Here, you can spot exotic wildlife, allow the cooling mists of cloud forests and spectacular waterfalls to moisten your skin, and relax in the yoga-calm vibe. People are happy here because its beautiful, full of nature and laid-back. Your adventures can unfold as quickly or as slowly as you want.
Youve probably heard of at least one nature trail undertaken by a friend or family member, which has offered up only a very disappointing selection of wildlife to view. However, in places like the Manuel Antonio National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the animals are practically waving at you from the canopy as you enter!
Sloths, birds, pumas, jaguars, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys and capuchins are plentiful here and if you dont spot them on the paths that serve the guided walks, theres a good chance youll see them on the wooden bridges and chairlifts that occupy the spaces above you; between the highest tree branches. The bravest among you may also choose the zip wire option, during which you can expect a very up close and personal experience with the local flora and fauna!
For turtles in their natural habitat, laying their eggs and making their way lazily through the waves, youll want to head for the Caribbean coastline and Tortuguero National Park. This is the home of the Green Sea Turtle breeding grounds.
The volcanoes in Costa Rica, like the national parks, are lively! Arenal is the tourists favourite with its classically conical shape, ash columns and observatory, but Iraz is higher still. At 3342m high it is sometimes possible to see both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts from its summit on a clear day.
Booking your Costa Rica holiday
Low Cost Deals is able to offer a wide range of luxury all-inclusive holidays that will enable you to explore Costa Rica. We partner with a large number of internationally respected tour operators to bring you a variety of options. If you want to visit Costa Rica as part of a wider tour of Central America, a Cox and Kings escorted tour might suit you. Or, if you want this destination to be part of a cruise, then Viking Ocean Cruises might be your best bet.
Saga Holidays is popular with the over 50s and senior solo travellers, due to their emphasis on small groups and hosting social occasions to allow you to get to know your like-minded travelling companions. Kuoni are great at providing state-of-the-art luxury accommodation that will serve as your base while you take daily excursions.
On top of these travel companies, we also have a strong relationship with Great Rail Journeys, Colette Worldwide, Exodus, Intrepid, Wendy Wu and Hurtigruten. Please get in touch to speak to one of our advisors and find out more about how we match you to your perfect Central America holiday. We can answer any questions you might have about Costa Rica and take care of the booking process for you.
Costa Rica Itineraries