Costa Rica Tours & Travel

If any country merits the name “earthly paradise,” it’s Costa Rica. Here you can visit an active volcano, enjoy wildlife viewing in a tropical rainforest, and bask on sugar-white beaches with turquoise waters, all in the space of a few days. Add to this the opportunities for outdoor adventures such as whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and horseback riding, the glorious national parks at Corcovado and Tortuguero, and the luxury resorts on the country’s Pacific coast, and you have an ideal spot for an all-out family vacation or a honeymoon to remember.

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Whitewater Rafting, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Family Tour

8 Days/7 Nights from $1,579

Costa Rica is a great place for a family vacation. In Tortuguero National Park, you can observe a wide variety of wildlife including monkeys, toucans…

Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Costa Rica

Tortuguero, Arenal, and Monteverde

8 Days/7 Nights from $1,729

Tortuguero National Park, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, is a great place to observe green turtles nesting and an amazing variety of wildlife, including herons…

Selvatura Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Adventure Tour

8 Days/7 Nights from $1,989

Costa Rica is one of the best destinations in the world for adventure sports. This tour is loaded with adrenaline rushes, including whitewater rafting on…

Hummingbird, Costa Rica

Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio

8 Days/7 Nights from $2,049

Discover the awe-inspiring natural attractions and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica. Visit Poas Volcano, Doka Estate Coffee Plantation, and Sarchi on the way to Arenal…

White-Faced Capuchin Monkey, Costa Rica

Corcovado, Arenal, and Monteverde

10 Days/9 Nights from $3,019

Experience Costa Rica’s wildlife and natural attractions on this fascinating tour. Visit Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and snorkel…

5 Best Costa Rica Tours for 2021-2022

Tour NamePriceDurationDescription
Tortuguero, Arenal, and Monteverde$1,7298 DaysTortuguero National Park, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, is a great place to observe green turtles nesting and an amazing variety of wildlife, including herons…
Costa Rica Adventure Tour$1,9898 DaysCosta Rica is one of the best destinations in the world for adventure sports. This tour is loaded with adrenaline rushes, including whitewater rafting on…
Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio$2,0498 DaysDiscover the awe-inspiring natural attractions and diverse wildlife of Costa Rica. Visit Poas Volcano, Doka Estate Coffee Plantation, and Sarchi on the way…
Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio$2,26910 DaysSee Costa Rica from coast to coast in this tour of the country’s most popular destinations. Spot abundant wildlife while boating through Tortuguero’s jungle canals…
Corcovado, Arenal, and Monteverde$3,01910 DaysExperience Costa Rica’s wildlife and natural attractions on this fascinating tour. Visit Corcovado National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and snorkel…

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The Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica

“Rich Coast,” the Spanish named it. And indeed, Costa Rica’s natural and ecological wealth is staggering. Long a haven for expat retirees owing to its balmy climate and prosperous economy, this tiny Central American republic is home to some of the lushest, most verdant landscapes on the planet—as well as a biosphere hosting some 500,000 animal species. No wonder visitors find themselves bewildered when choosing the best places to visit in Costa Rica…

1. Arenal Volcano

This active (though thankfully dormant) volcano is one of Costa Rica’s hottest attractions—literally. Thermal springs and dried magma draw travelers seeking rejuvenation, while the region’s numerous resort spas allow those frazzled by the rat race to disconnect and heal. Don’t miss the nearby Mot Mot Butterfly…

2. Monteverde

Founded by pacifist Quakers in 1951, this protected cloud forest radiates a sense of peace. Here, amid the mists of the 100-foot jungle canopy, you’ll spot hundreds of avian species, including the resplendent quetzal, flitting from branch to branch in a heaven of orchids and bromeliads. You’ll also experience a way of life…

3. Manuel Antonio

This eight-square mile refuge was chosen by Forbes as one of the most gorgeous parks on the planet. It’s an accolade well deserved. When you go, you’ll find secluded coves, branching trails, and rainforest growing right up to the water’s edge. Even better, you’ll share the paths with white capuchin monkeys…

4. Guanacaste & the Nicoya Peninsula

A perfect intro to Costa Rica’s varied delights, Guanacaste is one of the country’s tourist meccas. Here you’ll rub elbows with surfers in quest of the perfect wave on the pristine beaches, weekenders looking to decompress at luxury spas, and wildlife lovers hoping to glimpse jaguars or peccaries. The region’s stunning…

5. Tortuguero & the Caribbean Coast

Tortuguero means “turtle catcher,” but what really gets captured every year from July to October on this black-sand beach are the hearts of those who visit. The reason? Thousands of newly hatched green and leatherback turtles, dragging their tiny shells along as they head for the sea. Kingfishers, caimans…

6. Corcovado & the Osa Peninsula

Looking for off-road adventure? Corcovado is Costa Rica at its most remote and wild. Encompassing some 13 separate biospheres, this hot, humid peninsula offers one of the largest tracts of virgin rainforest in Central America, complete with alligators, jaguars, and endangered harpy eagles. Kayaks and speedboats…

7. San José & the Central Valley

Costa Rica’s capital, with its trendy eateries and pre-Columbian museums, is a perfect acclimation point for newcomers to the country. But the valley’s real excitement lies outside the city limits, amidst volcanic lakes, cloud forests, and waterfall gardens. If you’re up to it, head for the Pacuare River, where Class III…

Costa Rica Travel Articles

Among The Quakers Of Monteverde, Costa Rica, The Search For A More Suitable Life

Benito Guindon’s eyes are twinkling as he canters down the hillside on wooden stilts. “For years, I used to go around on these things. Seventeen miles sometimes, all at a stretch.” His bushy beard barely hides a boyish grin. From the sureness of his pace, some two feet off the ground, even a marathon would appear…

Costa Rica’s Ox Carts: Rolling Art Works And National Symbols

“Hwee!” hollered my carreta driver, swatting at the ox team’s rumps to spur them on. Then, when we arrived at our destination: “Haysa!” (“Stop!”) These and a dozen other words are integral to the ox driver’s lexicon, and as I rode through Costa Rica’s coffee country, I was learning fast. But the driver’s slang…

The Best Time And Place To See Sea Turtles In Costa Rica

Four of the world’s seven species of sea turtles are found in Costa Rica: olive ridley, hawksbill, leatherback and green sea turtles. You can see sea turtles in Costa Rica throughout the year, but some species are far harder to spot than others. So if you want to see a particular species, or witness a special event such as…

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