Costa Rica holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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Costa Rica holidays, coast to coast
Discover the dramatic contrasts of Costa Rica's coastlines, from £1250 - £2495 (16 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tailor made holiday, highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural and cultural wonders, from £2150 (13 days) ex flights
Activity & nature holiday in Costa Rica
White-water rafting, hiking, surfing, riding & ranching in Costa Rica, from £1810 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife holiday
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from £2299 - £2899 (16 days) inc UK flights
Costa Rica self drive holiday, natural history
Discover Costa Rica's natural history and impressive scenery, from £1155 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure holiday
Fall under the spell of Costa Rica, from £999 (16 days) ex flights
Coast to coast cycling holiday in Costa Rica
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, from £2399 - £2899 (15 days) inc UK flights
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
Tailor made, flexible self-drive in stunning Costa Rica, from £1950 - £2060 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife holiday
Cloud forest and a volcano, plus a whole lot of relaxation!, from £1595 (13 days) ex flights
Tailormade holiday to Costa Rica
Exploring Costa Rica your way, from £910 - £995 (11 days) ex flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Rainforest eco lodge on 280 acre private reserve, from US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica holiday, Rainforest adventure
Explore the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica, from £1350 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica and Nicaragua self drive holiday
Self drive highlights of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, from £2200 - £2320 (20 days) ex flights
Costa Rica conservation tour, tailormade
The Pacific to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, from £1750 (13 days) ex flights
Volunteer & holiday in Costa Rica
Turtle conservation project and Cost Rica tour, from £699 - £849 (15 days) ex flights
Costa Rica tour, small group
Express trip through the wonders of Costa Rica, from £905 - £1120 (9 days) ex flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
1206 nesting giant turtles 1000Ha tropical forest Pacuare, from US $210 (7 days) ex flights
Costa Rica activity holiday
Hike, bike & raft in Costa Rica, from £1650 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica coastal tour, Caribbean Explorer
Experience the best of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, from £1145 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica holiday, encompassed
Nature and adventure, from £900 (14 days) ex flights
Rainforest expedition in Costa Rica
Live steps from the beach and work on wildlife conservation, from £1460 - £3100 (4 weeks) ex flights
Costa Rica multisport holiday
Experience the natural beauty in this adrenaline-filled tour, from £899 (13 days) ex flights
Wildlife holiday in Costa Rica
Explore rainforests and reefs along the Caribbean coast, from £398 (7 days) ex flights
Luxury holiday in Costa Rica
Romantic holiday in Costa Rica, from £2392 (12 days) ex flights
Santa Teresa luxury eco hotel in Costa Rica
Eco Chic Hotel in Playa Santa Teresa, from US $80 - US $150 per room per night
Costa Rica adventure holiday, tailor made
Active Costa Rica trip in the region's best National Parks, from US $3050 (12 days) ex flights
Central America small group tour
Epic Central American journey from Mexico to Costa Rica., from £1495 - £1615 (32 days) ex flights
Gandoca wildlife refuge ecolodge, Costa Rica
B&B in a wildlife refuge of South Caribbean in costa Rica, from US $25 - US $30 per person per night
Osa Peninsula vacation accommodation in Costa Rica
Ideal base for your rainforest experience, from US $100 - US $135 per person per night
Costa Rica wildlife & beaches holiday, Pacific Coast
Wildlife and Beaches of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, from £2195 (12 days) ex flights

71 reviews for Costa Rica holidays4 star overall rating

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Costa Rica wildlife holiday
Fantastic holiday. The wildlife and natural landscapes are amazing and worth the trip alone. For the sheer scope of diversity, colour and experiences this trip is unrivalled. (more)Lindsay (Mr) Challoner
One of the best hoildays we've had. A highlight was Seeing a rhinoceros beetle the size of a hamster! (more)Keith Valentine
Saw lots of animals, birds, plants and butterflies. Thankfully did not see the tarantula. Seeing sloths close up, active but moving in slow motion was great as was seeing little turtles hatching and running to the sea. Saw lots of birds and had a very knowledgeable guide to help us. The quetzel fly past was pretty good! (more)Rebecca Tunstall
From £2299 - £2899 including UK flights
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
It was all memorable but probably the two things which stand out were the tour to Torteguero and the one day trip to the Corcavado national park from Uvita. (more)Margaret Everall
We had a great holiday...the eco lodge was amazing with a spectacular view, a private beach, surrounded by rainforest and beautiful gardens full of tropical birds like Toucans and Colibris, and a fantastic restaurant with delicious fresh pure food!! (more)Kim Jans
The most memorable part of the holiday was rafting to Pacuare Lodge and then rafting out again 2 days later. 28km of rafting in all...It was an excellent holiday with a great mix of nature, conservation and thrills. (more)Christine McCormack
From £1950 - £2060 excluding flights
Costa Rica self drive holiday, natural history
Memorable parts? There were so many highlights - and part of the pleasure was the variety of different experiences as we travelled around; more like six short mini-holidays all packed together. The very best moment was kayaking in Tortuguero: just four of us and a guide exploring the rainforest by river at dawn. The cries of the howler monkeys echoed across the morning mist, and we got up close to crocodiles, turtles and incredible water birds. Priceless! Tips? Self-drive is... (more)Simon Andrewes
From £1155 excluding flights
Costa Rica holidays, coast to coast
Monkeys. Saw all four species and such fun! All the wildlife was spectacular, lots of it up close and easy to see. The local wildlife guides are brilliant and everyone in the country seems to know about and care about wildlife - wonderful! (more)Dee Stephens
Macenque & Monteverde & Sarapiqui were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Anton Gill
We saw monkeys in the hotel grouse, sloth and of course the scarlet macaws. We had never been to a rainforest before and could not believe how green it was. All the places we stayed at were interesting and different. (more)Barbara Dart
From £1250 - £2495 excluding flights
Activity & nature holiday in Costa Rica
It was a great holiday... the friendly people; the environmental focus; the variation in scenery & the birds & animals. (more)John Nightingale
Many parts of it were memorable. I loved snorkeling around Cano Island off the Pacific coast. Especially when a sea turtle joined us. (more)Claire Elias
Excellent, highly enjoyable and eye-opening!...We loved the white water rafting on the Pacuare River and zip-lining in the canopy above Monteverde Cloud Forest, wicked! (more)Faye Whitear
From £1810 excluding flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife holiday
The most memorable part was Rio Celeste hike to waterfall and lagoon. River trip on Rio Frio. (more)Deirdre Devine
Tremendous: we loved it. My husband and I would go again for the wildlife... (more)Kate Macdonald
Very good...The trip to Los Campesinos reserve was wonderful - the wildlife we saw was superb, and the friendliness of everyone involved made it a great excursion (more)Vicki Barnard
From £1595 excluding flights
Costa Rica adventure holiday
Very good...Costa Rica is a beautiful Country where real effort is being made to protect the natural resources. (more)Claire Horrocks
The boat trip from Puerto Viajhoe to Tortuguero was relaxing, colourful and enjoyable - lots to see. Rainforest track to Rara Avis, and stay, memorable. (more)Frederick Lockwood
It was one of the best holidays, a good crowd of people and a good time had by all...White Water Rafting at La Fortuna was the most exciting part. (more)Liz Davies
From £999 excluding flights
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
A fabulous situation , beautiful rooms, great service all round... We spent two weeks there and enjoyed every moment .Great thanks to the owners and their parents. (more)patrick heffron
We loved every aspect of this accommdation... We dream of returning soon. My daughter and I rank this accommodation as our best holiday ever. (more)Judith Doyle
This was a totally relaxing, getaway holiday...John and Maureen are wonderful hosts and if you are looking for this kind of restful holiday this place is perfect. Excellent - it surprised my husband how much he enjoyed it. (more)Mary Head
From US $160 - US $225 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Costa Rica multisport holiday
Memorable parts? The time spent in the jungle rafting down the river, staying in jungle lodges and trekking to nearby waterfalls. Tips? Don't book the extra adrenaline pack before you go. It's better to pick and choose your activities when you're there. Local benefits? Local transport was occasionally used and the sharing of rooms reduced the environmental impact Overall rating? Really enjoyable and a good variety of activities. Not too much travelling as well (more)James Mead
From £899 excluding flights
Central America overland tours
Memorable parts? Fantastic insight into many different cultures. Stunning and varied scenery in wonderful hot weather from the might of the Panama Canal to the jaw dropping beauty of the rain and cloud forests to the awesome splendour of the region's volcanoes and craters Tips? Do as much research as possible before your trip - I wished I had done more! Try and learn some basic conversational Spanish - I wish I had learnt more! Local benefits? Tourism is an infant business... (more)Douglas Newlands
From £2738 - £2908 including UK flights
Volunteer & holiday in Costa Rica
Releasing newly hatched turtles into the sea. Walking up Cerro Chatto and swimming in the extinct volcano were the most memorable parts of this holiday. (more)Ian Spilsbury
10/10. A great holiday, very easy, no hassle, various options available whilst at destinations. The most memorable parts of the holiday were ziplining through the rainforest, night hike in Monteverde and the group of people I met. (more)Tracy Suff
I enjoyed the tour, had a great tour leader and was with a good bunch of people. (more)Sue Sanders
From £699 - £849 excluding flights
Osa Peninsula rainforest wildlife lodge in Costa Rica
Wonderful! Gorgeous surroundings, beautiful and comfortable accommodations, and an amazing, helpful staff made this a honeymoon to cherish and remember! (more)melissa mansfield
The amount of wildlife is amazing. We saw howler monkeys, spider monkeys, a baby sloth, poison dart frogs and a roadguarder snake, while the various sofas and spots to laze about on the terrace were great for bird-watching, with scarlet macaws and toucans easy to spot. (more)Christopher Ewers
From US $160 - US $225 per person per night
Tailormade holiday to Costa Rica
Fantastic! Our time at El Remanso lodge in the Osa Penninsla it was a super place and had some wonderful wildlife sightings there. (more)Jane Fowles
On an early morning bird-watching trail with a local guide, we were lucky enough to see 5 of these beautiful birds... feeding on wild avocados. We sat for an hour as the sun began to rise, driving away the cold night air as the clouds rolled up the forested mountain side. Quite amazing. (more)Paul Smith
This was a wonderful trip to Costa Rica with many memorable moments. I am reluctant to choose a 'most memorable' one, but waking up to the sound of howler monkeys at 5am and walking down from Lapa Rios to the deserted (except for the white faced capuchins and scarlet macaws) Pacific beach takes some beating. (more)David Oakley
From £910 - £995 excluding flights
Costa Rica coastal tour, Caribbean Explorer
Memorable parts? All of it! Tips? Research what you want to do as there is so much to do and see in Costa Rica that one trip will not be enough!! Local benefits? Yes very much so! Felt intergrated into the communities! Overall rating? 10/10. (more)Julia Hames
From £1145 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
I would give the holiday 7/10. It was a very relaxing an beautiful beach and I learnt so much about the culture and turtles. (more)Ellie Hall
5 stars! My best experience abroad in the last 30 years.....Working with sea turtles: seeing turtle nesting and releasing baby hatchlings was absolutely fantastic (more)Daniel Halder
Amazing! Would go back in a second if I had the opportunity to do so. The whole process from the turtle laying its eggs, to the release of the baby turtles was just pure enjoyment! To me, it felt like more of a holiday than a work placement, as I was the most relaxed I have ever been. (more)Emilie Gronsund
From £677 excluding flights
Costa Rica family activity holiday
Memorable parts? The "adrenaline" activities - horse-riding, rafting, canyoning. Watching the children playing in the hotel pool at Arenal while the volcano puffed in the background, and feeling slightly uneasily like a citizen of Pompeii... Sitting one metre from an egg-laying turtle. Tips? A really strong insect repellent - ours was sold in a metal canister as it dissolves plastic, and seemed to be more effective than other people's! Definitely do the optional kayaking at Tortugero... (more)Hilary Mackintosh
From £2295 excluding flights
Costa Rica tour
The trip to Tortuguera via bus and finally the boat journey through the rivers and canals was magical and the "town" itself was wonderful, a naturalist's dream! I would recommend it to anyone interested in the beauty of nature, birds and flowers, etc. (more)ANGELA HOLLAND
Seeing green turtles laying eggs & watching them hatch was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Michael Murphy
Seeing the rare Quetzal bird was exciting, but it was all memorable...Excellent. (more)J. Suzanne Hula
From £885 - £995 excluding flights
Osa Peninsula eco lodge, Costa Rica
From our arrival by boat through the mangroves through to our departure three days later, we loved our time at the lodge. We were the only guests staying there at the time and we received a high level of care from owners Dan and Holly. (more)Helen Potts
The lodge is beautifully situated and reaching it via the river felt like an added adventure. (more)Janet Baseley
The best part of my holiday was that is was, simply, relaxing. That's what I was looking for. Dan and Holly at the lodge really took care of me, and the dogs were a great addition to my walks. (more)Michael Allbritton
From US $60 - US $90 per person per night
Central America tours
Memorable parts? Roatan was by far the best stopover on this trip. The people on the tour were fabulous as well. Tips? Be wary of the long travel days. The dossier online makes each stop seem like a destination spot which is not the case. This tour would benefit from adding some flights from like Roatan to Managua to avoid 12 hour travel days, of which there are many in this tour. Local benefits? Yes we took lots of local transportation and really integrated with the local... (more)Angie Watson
From £994 excluding flights
Costa Rica holiday, encompassed
The most exciting part of the Costa Rica encompassed trip was zip lining above the trees in Monteverde Cloud Forest and abseiling down the waterfalls on a canyoneering trip outside La Fortuna. (more)Louise Muller
Definitely white water rafting on the way from Cahuita to San Jose was the highlight. A great day out, the river was perfect. Lots of adrenaline and lovely refreshing water. An amazing lunch was laid on for us as well by the side of the river. (more)Elaine Bettaney
The most memorable part was going into the beautiful clear, turquoise and remarkably warm water of the Pacific ocean, for a swim just as the sun was setting - an amazing way to start the holiday. (more)Susie Everest
From £901 excluding flights
Central America small group holiday
Zip Lining in Monteverde was the most memorable part of the holiday (more)Gordon Beattie
Hiking up Conception Volcano was the most memorable part of the trip. (more)Shelagh Travers
Very good...Definitely climbing Concepcion volcano on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua was the most memorab;e part of the trip. (more)Graham Dalby
From £840 - £970 excluding flights
Osa Peninsula ecolodge, Costa Rica
Memorable parts? All of it - it was really a beautiful lodge, wonderful staff, food, kayaking, yoga, massages. I totally loved it. Also, the other guests were great. Tips? Be ready for very hot and humid. Also, don't overpack - tank tops, shorts, bathing suits. Not too buggy at night, so long pants aren't needed (at least in March) Local benefits? Yes, very much. The whole philosophy is sustainable - gardens, advocating to block a tuna farm, etc. Overall rating? Superfabulous. (more)Nancy Gubman
From US $185 - US $495 per person per night
Rainforest expedition in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Three hours into a long, dark, sweaty walk on my first turtle survey a mighty Leatherback turtle suddenly looms into view on the beach ahead. We crouch down out of sight behind her and count the number of eggs she lays into a pit in the sand. When she’s done we tag a rear flipper for tracking purposes, take her measurements and record other data. Having covered the nest she doesn’t wait around. Hauling herself back down the beach she slips back into the ocean. We’re all... (more)Dominic Greves
From £1460 - £3100 excluding flights
Costa Rica jungle accommodation
Memorable parts? Being away from it all. The solitude is incredible as is the flora and fauna. Tips? Take a really bright flashlight if you are staying in the tents so you can see any snakes and such on the track when you walk back in the dark. Leave your goretex hiking boots at home and pick up some comfortable boots that you don't mind getting covered in thick mud. Oh, and take snacks that you don't want to live without - like chocolate. Go scuba diving at Isla del Cano to see sharks... (more)Tracey Reed
From US $135 - US $150 per person per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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