Costa Rica holiday, coast to coast

16 day tailor made trip, taking in Costa Rica’s natural and cultural highlights between the Caribbean and the Pacific. Mode of transport flexible.
San Jose Southern Caribbean Tortuguero National Park Sarapiqui rainforest Arenal Volcano Monteverde Pacific coast beach
£1590To£3625excluding flights
16 Days
Tailor made
More info
Price based on 2 people travelling in twin/double accommodation.
Depends on choice of hotel, transport and season.
For full pricing details see below.
We can arrange flights from the UK.
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Description of Costa Rica holiday, coast to coast

Trips to Costa Rica are invariably going to feature wildlife, activities and an incredible array of landscapes, and this 16 day tailor made Costa Rica trip is absolutely no exception.

Starting on the Caribbean coast you’ll be treated to a range of outdoor activities amongst the rainforests and along the sparkling shoreline with zip-lining through jungle canopies and snorkelling over coral reefs certainly an early highlight of any trip to Costa Rica.

Followed up with boat rides and hot springs in Tortuguero and Arenal Volcano national parks and free time in Sarapiqui rainforest and Montverde cloud forest, this Costa Rica trip really packs a punch with the Pacific coast providing the perfect destination prior to heading to San Jose to prepare for the journey home.

Unlike other Costa Rica trips this is a tailor made tour and gives you the chance to choose your own adventure with a choice of accommodation, transport and additional guided tours and exciting activities adding to the freedom of travelling under your own steam and loving every minute.

Price information

£1590To£3625excluding flights
Price based on 2 people travelling in twin/double accommodation.
Depends on choice of hotel, transport and season.
For full pricing details see below.
We can arrange flights from the UK.
Make enquiry

Departure information

We offer a complete tailor made service allowing you to decide where you stay and what to do.

Travel guides

Costa Rica wildlife
Costa Rica
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Holiday information

Tailor made tour:
This holiday has been carefully designed to be the best of its type. You can choose it with confidence straight 'off-the-peg', for any date. You can add days before or after the itinerary if you have more time available. We can also design something just for you on a fully tailor-made basis. A tailor-made service naturally adds a little to the cost of a trip, but you are making sure that you get the most from your valuable holiday time and from the rest of your budget. When it comes to planning things in detail our advisers are a phone call or email away. They know Costa Rica exceptionally well, and there's nothing they like better than to share that knowledge with you. We are based in London, fully independent members of AITO, with full financial and legal protection.
Our top tip:
Don’t pack out your itinerary.Costa Rica is a place to stop and breathe it all in.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Choose between budget to boutique. But all eco exquisite.
Accommodation, breakfasts, transport.
Check out the Casado (set lunch) at soda cafes, around £2.45
Can be tailor made for solo travellers at extra cost.


8 Reviews of Costa Rica holiday, coast to coast

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2019 by

Most memorable was the visit to the cloud forest including seeing wildlife and visiting an organic coffee farm. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 May 2019 by

The white water rafting on the Pacuare River was the most memorable part of our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2018 by

Excellent....Seeing nesting green turtles in the dark on a remote beach Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jul 2018 by

Excellent Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2015 by

Absolutely fantastic. .. and this still doesn't come close! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2014 by

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! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2013 by

Macenque & Monteverde & Sarapiqui were the most memorable parts of the holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2011 by

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. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


As an in depth specialist tour operator to Costa Rica responsible tourism is at the very heart of what we do. To us, this means much more than a simple donation to a charity for each client. We try to build long and constructive involvements with local guides, guest houses, wildlife lodges, and hotels, in the course of which we, and our clients, can make lasting wide-ranging contributions to the wonderful places and people we engage with. In this itinerary we use several lodges that fit with this philosophy perfectly, employing local guides and bringing long-term benefits to the local community. We are the first tour operator in the UK to form a partnership with the Rainforest Alliance to work towards the implementation of best management practices in sustainable tourism. In real terms this means that we are working with hotels who are making a positive impact on their local community – socially, environmentally and economically.

Outlined below are hotels we use that employ sustainable tourism methods.

Almonds and Corals is a good example of how a luxurious comfortable lodge can be built inside a wildlife refuge while complying with all the environmental measures to protect and display all the natural beauty that the Costa Rican Caribbean has to offer. The design of the entire lodge has been carefully thought to minimize power needs, noise, and contamination all together. Waste is carefully processed, recycled, and disposed. Only biodegradable soaps, detergents, shampoos, and conditioners are allowed in lodge. A custom made water system was built for this rainforest lodge to assure that there would be no contamination to the area. Additional to this, the owners of this lodge constantly work with the community to spread a consciousness of sustainable tourism in many different areas; such as recollection of trash on the shores, giving speeches and preparing activities in the surrounding schools to cultivate an early environmental consciousness, organizing police patrols on bicycles, and assembling a garbage recollection system for the entire area of Manzanillo, among many other activities that they have been involved in since this lodge was built.

On this trip you will visit National Parks at Tortuguero, Sarapiqui, Monteverde and Tamarindo. The entrance fee goes toward the conservation of these protected areas.


La Quinta de Sarapiqui Country Inn provides jobs for people in the local community (95% of their positions go to local workers). They have developed collaboration programs with local schools, consisting of cultural exchanges with their guests and including donations for improvements to installations and the acquisition of educational materials. They sponsor local cultural and sports activities. They grant four scholarships to students from the local high school. They are involved in community development and local environmental associations and in all the activities meant to improve quality of life in the community of Sarapiquí. They have adopted environmental protection measures through programmes for recycling, saving resources, and the use of non-contaminating products, and they educate tourists about these programs.

Cariblue supports several non-profit institutions, including the Waldorf School at Playa Chiquita - making donations to the scholarship system for low-income children in the zone. Recicaribe - the business that sorts and recycles wastes. Pueblo limpio ("Clean village") is the programme that conducts clean-ups on the beaches and around the tourist attractions of Puerto Viejo. Playa Cocles has received the Ecological Blue Flag designation; this award is given to communities that meet standards for sea water quality, beach quality, access to portable water, wastewater treatment, environmental education, safety, and administration.

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