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Make the most of your trip to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an outdoor adventurer’s dream destination. Hike to hidden waterfalls, zoom through the rainforest on a zipline, raft the country’s legendary white water, or catch a wave on one of many epic surf breaks.

When is the best time to visit?
The dry season from December to April is an ideal time to visit this incredible country and make the most of your time exploring Costa Rica's great outdoors.

Where to go in Costa Rica?
The people of Costa Rica are happy to welcome travelers and teach them about adventure and the pure life, or pura vida. This country relies on the eco and adventure tourism that put it on the map. Visit a baby sloth rescue, get to know Tortugeuro National Park, see Arenal Volcano, and explore the Osa Peninsula Rainforest.

How many days do I need?
Costa Rica is a small country (size of West Virginia), with many sights situated fairly close together.  With great roads (mostly), throughout the country, makes it easy to get around.  In 1 week you can explore a number of sights and get a great sense of the country if you are ready to be on the go.  With 2 weeks, you have a bit more time to relax in each destination or explore more of the country.

Costa Rica Travel Insights

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Costa Rica?

Anyone seeking a diverse travel experience should put Costa Rica at the top of their list. Coastal panoramas and lush jungle scenes, mountainous destinations and quiet villages all offer authentic settings to explore. 

Storm clouds over Arenal volcano

Best Of Costa Rica in 7 Days: Explore Jungles, Volcanoes and Beaches

With a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one territory. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing a wide range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. With this itinerary, you'll discover the best attractions Costa Rica has to offer in just a week.

Whitewater rafting down the Pacuare river

Costa Rica Adventure: Whitewater, Beaches & Volcanos - 8 Days

Explore Costa Rica's amazing natural scenery through a thrilling series of activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, and more. This tour will take you to a wide range of coasts, jungles, and rivers, all while keeping your adrenaline pumping.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Classic Costa Rica: 7-Day Self-Drive Tour

Taking a road trip through Costa Rica gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore where you want. You'll pass through stunning natural scenery — from lush cloud forests to picturesque beaches — in seven days of scenic driving. This tour can be extended or shortened depending on how much time you have.

View of the Arenal Volcano from the hotel

Costa Rica Family Vacation - 6-Day Itinerary

Traveling with your family is a great way to create wonderful memories. In Costa Rica, you and your children will have a wonderful time doing adventurous activities together. All the activities have been selected to be family and kid-friendly.

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Expedition - 4 Days

This itinerary is one of the shortest, yet action-packed option, for travelers looking for a compact Costa Rica experience. Zip-line, rappel and horseback ride your way throughout the Arenal region and enjoy some of the best natural views the country has to offer.

Arenal Volcano

Unique Ways To Experience Costa Rica

Costa Rica's most common outdoor destinations are so sought-after for a reason: they truly are beautiful landmarks. But, for every popular attraction, there are plenty of lesser-known must-sees that'll treat open-minded explorers to an incredibly fulfilling and memorable adventure.

Irazu Volcano

Costa Rica - 5 Must Visit Volcanos

Volcanos define the landscape of Costa Rica, these volcanos created the fertile valleys and diverse ecosystems of the country. If you want to truly experience Costa Rica's nature at its core, visiting these stunning volcanoes is a great way to start.

Beautiful Toucan in Corcovado National Park

Costa Rica Off the Beaten Path: Osa Peninsula - 5 Days

Osa Peninsula is located at the remote edge of Costa Rica, featuring well-preserved forests brimming with wildlife. In just under a week, get to fully explore this gem of biodiversity through hiking, scuba diving, and participating in various other activities.

Arenal Volcano

Family-Friendly Arenal and Manuel Antonio National Park- 9 Days

Fun for the whole family, this itinerary covers two of Costa Rica's most famous areas. Arenal and Manuel Antonio are some of the best representations of Costa Rica; Arenal area features one of the most famous volcanos in the country, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, while Manuel Antonio National Park is renown for its white sandy beaches and vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife.

Costa Rica Essentials: Self-Drive Tour - 14 Days

In this two-week tour, you can experience Costa Rica's main attractions as well as its lesser-known marvels. Drive along coasts, rainforest roads, and hills to discover the natural sights that make Costa Rica the most visited country in Central America.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Costa Rica
Travel operator Randall Jiménez
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Randall Jiménez

Phrases like “The trip was wonderful beyond my dreams”, “I came back home being a different person…I have grown physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually”, “A job well done my friend”,...

Travel operator Mariana  Monestel
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Mariana Monestel

We are specialized in tailor-made tours (groups, individuals, eco-responsible, self-drive, honeymoons, Incentives, Cruises, etc.). Our multi-cultural English, French and Spanish speaking team is at...

Travel operator Shannon O'Zoux
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Shannon O'Zoux

Traveling is part of my family story, from making great memories with my relatives to sharing moments with locals. It, thus, grew naturally as a professional career to pursue. The desire and need...

Travel operator Cait Breslin
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Cait Breslin

¡Hola! My name is Cait and I am an avid traveler and the co-founder of a travel startup called LocalAventura. I feel passionately about facilitating authentic experiences for travelers in which...


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Wildlife Adventure in Costa Rica

We will be travelling with a 5 yr old boy who is snakes, bird and all wildlife mad and a two year old girl. We would like to see wildlife, volcanoes and rainforest and end with a few days at a beautiful beach. We do not want resorts, we would prefer rustic,...

Family of 2 adults and 2 children looking to visit Costa Rica in March 2018

30th Birthday Adventure in Costa Rica

A way to celebrate my 30th birthday. Inviting some of my closest friends to experience everything we can. Culture, people, activities. Hikes, camping, fishing, farming, surfing, relaxing, anything. Seeing what others typically won't see but living the...

Group of 8 friends visited Costa Rica in June 2017

Active vacation in Costa Rica

One week adventure trip - cycling, white water rafting etc One week surf/yoga camp on the coast We are a young energetic couple so would like it to be an active holiday - but also offering some relaxation time as well!

A couple looking to visit Costa Rica in October 2017

Spring Break for 2018

Looking for a Costa Rica trip that includes volcano hot springs, zip lining, horseback and ATV riding, waterfalls, authentic food, fresh market, white water rafting, picture opportunities, a little adventurous but also relaxing. 3 adults and one child ages...

Family of 3 adults and 1 child looking to visit Costa Rica in March 2018

Costa Rica adventure honeymoon

We are pretty adventurous but also want the relaxation since it is our honeymoon. This will be our first time traveling out of the country so we want to see all that we can without feeling rushed. My fiance and I have been together 5 years and when we get...

A couple looking to visit Costa Rica in April 2018