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Costa Rica holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

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Costa Rica holidays, coast to coast
Discover the dramatic contrasts of Costa Rica's coastlines, from £1405 - £2735 (16 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife holiday
An amazing variety of Costa Rican wildlife, from £2399 - £3099 (16 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
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Family turtle conservation volunteering in Costa Rica, from £535 (7 days) ex flights

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Costa Rica honeymoons
Discover the perfect honeymoon destination, from £1895 - £2550 (13 days) ex flights
Central America cycling holiday
Colonial cities, cloud forests and tropical island paradise, from £2699 - £3399 (16 days) inc UK 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 family holiday, rainforests and volcanoes
Discover Costa Rica's mountains, volcanoes, rainforests and beaches, from £2499 - £2649 (13 days) inc UK flights
Costa Rica tour
Explore the Caribbean coast to the Pacific, from £940 - £1205 (15 days) ex flights
Family holiday in Costa Rica
The perfect place to take your family, from £2134 - £2739 (16 days ) inc UK flights
Costa Rica highlights holiday & beach
Short highlight itinerary covering city, forests and beach, from £995 - £1235 (13 days) ex flights
Costa Rica on a shoestring, tailor made
Great value holiday through stunning Costa Rica, from £1144 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica self drive holiday, natural history
Discover Costa Rica's natural history and impressive scenery, from £1235 (14 days) ex flights
Wildlife holiday in Costa Rica
Explore rainforests and reefs along the Caribbean coast, from £543 - £639 (9 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family adventure holiday, private departure
Get active in the great Costa Rican outdoors, from £2800 (10 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family multi activity holiday
Private family adventure exploring Costa Rica, from £1550 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife holiday, tailor made
Encounter the wildlife of Costa Rica, from £1850 (14 days) ex flights
Central America tour
Reggae rhythms, flavoursome food and spectacular landscapes, from £1969 (24 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family activity holiday
Experience the natural wonders and activities of Costa Rica, from £2240 (13 days) ex flights
Luxury adventure in Costa Rica
Experience Costa Rica's adventures in comfort, from £3468 (10 days) inc UK flights
Costa Rica sea turtles conservation holiday
Costa Rica sea turtles conservation volunteering vacation, from £1480 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica family holiday, tailor made
Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica with your family, from £2212 (14 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure holiday
Rumbling volcanoes & sweeping sandy beaches, from £2059 - £2399 (11 days) inc UK flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
Protect nesting turtles on Costa Rica's beautiful beaches, from £735 (7 days) ex flights
Costa Rica adventure tour
Adventure in the most beautiful places in Costa Rica, from £1995 (12 days) ex flights
Costa Rica activity and fitness holiday
A fitness and wellbeing holiday unlike any other, from £2500 (8 days) ex flights
Costa Rica wildlife & beaches holiday
The classic Costa Rica and little known treasures of Panama, from £1525 - £1595 (17 days) ex flights
Costa Rica holiday, natural highlights
Discover Costa Rica's natural highlights on this tailor made journey, from £2802 (14 days) ex flights
Central America small group tour
Epic Central American journey from Mexico to Costa Rica, from £1865 - £2150 (32 days) ex flights

89 reviews for Costa Rica holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Costa Rica holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Coast to coast cycling holiday in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Every day with new discoveries of Costa Rica, beautiful cycling experience, local tour leader Memo and his fantastic crew member Luís and Ronald, and variety of holiday experience in two weeks made this holiday the best I've ever been. Tips? Be prepared for rice and beans three times a day for two weeks ;) Local benefits? Yes, absolutely, in all the trips (including optional) I felt that local people were supported in their business, be it a local restaurant... (more)Agne Bajoriniene
From £2699 - £3199 including UK flights
Family holiday in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Tortuguero National Park-beautuful accomodation in the middle of the rainforest with howler monkeys and loads of birdlife very close-boat trip really quiet and special. Zipwiring incredible- Quite physically demanding but worth it as really long-I think 18 in total zip wires and run across a valley with the rainforest beneath you-Amazing. Tips? Great for teenagers- Busy itinary and good mix of wildlife walks/boat trips where you get really close and the adventure... (more)Helen Shard
From £2134 - £2739 including UK flights
Costa Rica holidays, coast to coast
Absolutely fantastic. .. and this still doesn't come close! (more)Adele Burrow
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
From £1405 - £2735 excluding flights
Activity & nature holiday in Costa Rica
We were thrilled by the geology (stunning volcanic craters, rainforest canopies, tropical beaches) and the wildlife (crocodiles, motmots, iguanas lurking for breakfast scraps etc etc) (more)Ian Gavin
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
From £2035 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife tour
Can't pick any one memorable moment, there were too many. Cable car across a forest valley? Wild toucans and Macaws? Being buzzed by humming birds? Exotic fruit and food?... (more)Mike Adams
Brilliant! Most places we stayed in were run by local people and I made sure I bought all my souvenirs from a craft cooperative. (more)Una Carter
Fantastic. Cannot recommend the agent highly enough. They listened so carefully to what we were looking for, and tailored the itinerary and accommodation perfectly. As such it was a brilliant mixture of wildlife, walking, landscapes, relaxation and adventure. (more)Jemima Jewell
From £2100 excluding flights
Costa Rica beach & wildlife holiday
Fantastic service from the operator - right from the first phone call it was clear that they're not only experts, but really cared about making this tailor-made trip absolutely perfect for us. (more)Sheila Chatrath
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
From £1650 excluding flights
Costa Rica wildlife holiday
Great variety of eco-lodge type locations enabled great wildlife watching. Playa blancas area favourite location. (more)Duncan Priddle
A wonderful experience with a good group of people (more)teresa yates
Staying in Tortuguera and floating down the canals thru the jungle watching birds, monkeys and iguanas. (more)Ursula Stanton
From £2399 - £3099 including UK flights
Costa Rica self drive holiday, natural history
Fantastic, absolutely loved it! (more)Clare Sparks
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! (more)Simon Andrewes
From £1235 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 - £1099 excluding flights
Costa Rica homestay holidays
Memorable parts? I enjoyed every moment of my stay but being taught to dance Bachata by my host family would have to be the highlight. Tips? If possible, ask to be placed at Dona Leila's house. She was the most wonderful host - incredibly friendly, very patient with my basic Spanish and an amazing cook. Local benefits? Definitely. I was immersed in the local small village community and the money from my homestay and other tours and activities was helping the locals sustain... (more)Elfie Burgess
From US $98 per person per night
Costa Rica eco lodge in a private reserve
Incredible - the lodge and its views over the mountains and forest were breathtaking and we had the most relaxing time. We will definitely be staying at the lodge again if we are ever back in Costa Rica. (more)Elfie Burgess
They create all their own electricity with a small hydro-turbine... virtually ALL the work done on this coffee plantation is by the owners and locals. They have many LONG TERM employees because they treat them very well, from what I saw and understood. They are also re-foresting pasture land. Most of everything we ate was grown there except a few things they get from local farmers. (more)Korte Yeo
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
From US $185 - US $260 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 £920 - £1199 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 £2007 - £2057 excluding flights
Tailormade holiday to Costa Rica
Lots of very memorable moments, but the best was finding a family of sloths at Playa Punta Uva on the Caribbean Coast who were so close we could have touched them. (more)Janet Sutherland
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
From £1045 - £1150 excluding flights
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
Amazing. A learning experience that was exciting and fun every day. (more)Sarah Lewis
Fantastic holiday and a slice of paradise! Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! (more)Charles Czajkowski
I think the most memorable for the adults was staying on the Osa Peninsula which was perfect in every imaginable way for us. The kids liked that too but would say that learning to surf in Uvita or white-water rafting were most memorable. (more)Anne Tutt
From £1950 - £2060 excluding flights
Wildlife holiday in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Seeing magnificent rainforest from high bridges on flanks of a volcano, seeing a turtle laying her eggs, giving bottle of milk to young spider, howler and capuchin monkeys at a rescue centre. Tips? Don't miss out on tours which give you full experience of the natural history of Costa Rica. Local benefits? I think the money I paid for my tours helped support the conservation and wildlife work and that my tour helped the businesses of the hotel and restaurant... (more)Celia Home
From £544 - £639 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 £963 - £1069 excluding flights
Costa Rica tailor made holiday, highlights
Memorable parts? The stay at Cerro Escondido. It was not touristy, the hike there was great, and the managers were very welcoming. A beautiful, peaceful spot, off the beaten track. Tips? If you go to Tortuguero, go for as good a lodge as you can afford. We felt our guide was not as good as the one from the other lodge. Don't just stick to the well known bits, get off the beaten track a bit to experience the real Costa Rica. Local benefits? Yes! Most guides were local,... (more)Yvonne Chapman
From £2200 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
Costa Rica family adventure holiday
Memorable parts? The friends we made, the beautiful unspoilt rainforest, the abundant wildlife, and the lovely beaches. Tips? Prepare for a wide temp variation - cooler and wetter in the forests, and very warm and dry on the beaches. Take insect repellent, sunscreen, a waterproof and a hat. Its safe to drink the water so take a bottle and refill. The food is lovely, not spicy, plenty of fruits and variety with something for every palate. You will take so many photos! Binoculars are... (more)Sophie Headland
From £1939 - £2295 including UK flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica, Pacuare Nature Reserve
I loved Costa Rica there is so much to see, not just the turtles but the bird life is exceptional, the hummingbirds are a joy to watch and the butterflies are stunning. Would recommend this as a destination for all nature lovers. (more)Caroline Stringer
A fantastic experience where we met like minded people who we have continued to stay in touch with. I would definitely do it again. (more)Anna Hulton
10 out of 10! Pacuare Nature Reserve in Costa Rica is an amazing location with lots of opportunity for viewing wildlife. I felt very fortunate to get up close and personal with the Turtle Conservation work they do. (more)Vanessa Jones
From US $280 excluding flights
Volunteer with turtles in Costa Rica
This is a really sound conservation project with some clear tangible benefits and as a volunteer you really fee like you're making a difference. Would highly recommend this project to anyone. (more)Katie Wilkinson
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
From £735 excluding flights
Family turtle watching tour in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? Watching the giant leatherback turtles come ashore and lay their eggs under a starry sky with our family Tips? Don't miss this trip but bring an umbrella, wellies, waterproofs, headtorch with a red light. Local benefits? Yes, all of these Overall rating? An unforgettable and amazing experience for all our family (more)Charlie Record
From US $280 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 £2240 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 £940 - £1205 excluding flights
Costa Rica highlights holiday & beach
Memorable parts? The night walk was a wonderful wildlife experience. Meeting the Ticos and feeling their pride in their country and how welcome they made us feel as tourists/guests was really special Tips? Book in advance Learn some basic Spanish Take waterproof and warmer clothing than you think you may need for the volcanic area and cloud forest Use a rucksack rather than a wheeled suitcase! Use the Lonely Planet Guide Local benefits? Yes to all of those - certainly hope... (more)John Davies
From £995 - £1235 excluding flights
Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica
Memorable parts? This project and experience was absolutely amazing. As a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children, 8 & 10 yrs old) we decided it was important to not just have a holiday but to do something that would play a part in making a different to our environment for the future. Our 8 year old son, in particular had an interest in Turtles so we decided this would be a great project to work on. We weren't disappointed. The location was stunning, remote (so off the tourist route, which... (more)Simon Wrench
From £535 excluding flights
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 £1134 - £1259 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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