1. Nature and wildlife
Costa Rica is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity. From sloths to monkeys to jaguars to frogs, wildlife is part and parcel of a holiday here.
2. Volcanoes and Thermal Springs
Costa Rica´s volcanoes are among the most mesmerizing in the world and there are more than 290 of them. One of the most popular excursions is an exploration of Arenal Volcano National Park to take in the magnificence of Arenal Volcano. Similarly impressive is Poas Volcano, a smoking giant with a cone topping 9,000ft. Thanks to the Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja Volcano’s geothermal activity, there are a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. Warm and soothing, these springs offer visitors an ideal way to relax after a day spent exploring the area.
Humpback whale spends eight months of the year in Costa Rican waters, offering great whale watching opportunities. Best times to visit are between Jan- Mar and then again from Nov – Dec on the North Pacific and between July – November on the South Pacific.
4. White water rafting
Year round warm water and spectacular scenery combine to make for world-class rafting. The Pacuare River is considered one of the five best rivers in the world for rafting adventures.
With a marine surface that is 10 times bigger than the terrestrial, Costa Rica is the perfect place for diving fanatics. Visit Isla del Caño, one of the most beautiful dive destinations on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – hammerhead sharks, white finned sharks, whale sharks and ray fish await.
It seems every surfer who visits the country agrees that Costa Rica it is one of the best places in the world to surf; excellent year-round waves and warm water combine with friendly people and stunning landscapes.
With two distinct coastlines, one on the Caribbean Sea and one on the Pacific Ocean and accommodation ranging from eco lodges to 5 star hotels, there is a beach holiday to suit everyone.
8. National Parks
25% of the land is protected. Rainforests and dry forests are located all around Costa Rica. Zip line through the clouds at Monteverde cloud forest and relax on the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the country.
9. Turtle nesting and hatching at Tortuguero
Green sea turtles, Hawksbill turtles and Leatherback turtles nest of the beaches of Tortuguero National Park. The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle’s nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April. It is possible to see individual turtles at any time of the year.
10. More accessible than ever
Costa Rica is an all year round destination and easier to get to than ever before. Take a direct flight to San Jose with BA and to Liberia with TUI. Fly daily from London with Delta, KLM, United, American Airlines and Air Canada all offering non-direct routes.