Rainbow Toucan, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Holidays

Costa Rica has an extraordinary wealth of ecosystems for a relatively small country. Home to cloud forests, tropical dry forests, rainforests, highlands, wetlands, plains and two coastlines it is no wonder that Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world.  The slogan here is “pura vida” meaning the good life and indeed it is. A peaceful and forward-thinking country with a wide range of luxury accommodation, Costa Rica lends itself perfectly to many different types of holiday. 

Why we like CostA Rica 

We love Costa Rica for its principles and commitment to the environment - the army was formally abolished in 1949 and the money saved was put into improving the infrastructure and protecting the environment. In a practical sense Costa Rica is small and easy to travel around with a huge amount of variety and activities. It offers adventure with all the trappings of comfort and fine dining.

What to expect on your Costa Rica holiday

Lush green vegetation, birds of all sizes and colours, fabulous butterflies, active volcanoes and exciting wildlife. National parks cover around a quarter of Costa Rica and both the government and the people take their responsibility of protecting the environment very seriously. Due to its compact nature, travelling around the country is easy and the money which was saved by abandoning the military has been used to develop the infrastructure of roads which are excellent. While the focus might be on activities and wildlife there is no need to sacrifice comfort and you will find hotels of every standard and size to suit any pocket. Finally don’t forget the jungle-fringed beaches which stretch for miles and offer superb opportunities for surfing and kiting.

Some ideas for a CostA Rica holiday

  • Fly through the rainforest on a zip wire or take a walk high in the tree canopy.
  • Try a self-drive holiday with a variable itinerary to be decided as you drive along.
  • Walk up to the ridge of the active Poas volcano for a peek into the steaming abyss of its caldera, the largest in the world.
  • Spend time in some of the wildlife parks where the numbers of birds and density of wildlife will amaze you.
  • End with a few days on a beach.
  • Learn how to surf off palm-fringed golden Pacific beaches

Our Costa Rica Holiday Expertise

The fact that we have four specialists serving Costa Rica might be some clue both to its popularity and our expertise. James, John, Jenn and Sue have all been there on many occasions both for pleasure and for work (OK, so the work was also pleasure). They have taken children of all ages and without exception they rate it as the best holiday ever.

Call our travel experts on 01285 885333 to start planning your Costa Rica holiday.

Costa Rica FAQs

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When is the rainy season in Costa Rica?
Being mainly rainforest you can expect rain at any time of the year. The green season is June to October and the months of September and October receive a great deal of rain.
What can I expect travelling in Costa Rica?
Travelling is relatively relaxed in Costa Rica with ‘Pura Vida’ being their main focus on life. With unspoilt nature, beaches and a wealth of wildlife you can expect just that. Great care is taken over the environment in this incredible country and a good deal can be learned from them.
What clothing should I take to Costa Rica?
It is always best to pack light and while casual dress has become more acceptable in recent years, Latin Americans tend to devote great care to their clothes and appearance. A laundry service is available at most if not all hotels, but when you are on the move there is not always the time for laundry and you pay a premium for same day delivery. We find that a good lightweight waterproof jacket, fleece, lightweight breathable tops and zip-off trousers work well for the different climes in the country. Aside from clothing a high factor suncream, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, photocopy of your passport and swimming costume are good things to include.
What is the typical food and drink in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica’s staples are black beans, rice, coffee, palm hearts and tamales. Seafood features highly on any menu with both oceans to choose from. Guaro is the national liquor produced from sugar cane and similar to rum.


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Cahuita Beach, Cahuita National Park, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Two Oceans in One Day

There are not many places in the world where you can experience two great oceans in one day. This new experience in Costa Rica allows you to do just that.
Board your private helicopter and travel from the Caribbean shores to the windswept beaches of the Pacific in one day. Explore the wildlife and waterways of Tortuguero National Park before flying high above the volcanoes and lakes of Arenal and indulging in a beachfront lunch and dip in the Pacific.
Bosque de Paz Atlas Moth held by Mrs Cremona, Costa Rica

Atlas moth sighting for Steppes Travel clients

Steppes Travel clients encountered one of the world's largest species of moth during their holiday to Costa Rica last month. The Rothschildia or Atlas moth has a wingspan of almost ten inches.
Quetzal Bird, Costa Rica

More than 700 bird species spotted

Over the course of 12 months, two tour guides became 'top bird watchers of the year' when they recorded observing more than 700 species of bird. 
According to the Costa Rican Ornithological Association there are 920 species in the country. Birds are an excellent indicator of a healthy ecosystem and the sight of a colourful toucan, eagle, macaw or hummingbird are a magical addition to any holiday. 
Toucan, Costa Rica

The World's Top Ten Ethical Destinations

Costa Rica features in an annual list of the top 10 countries to stand out as the most ethical travel destinations for 2017.

Standing out for supplying 98.1% of its energy through renewable resources as well as excellent work helping to support refugees and fight human trafficking.
"Travellers have enormous power. Where we put our footprints has reverberations reaching far beyond our personal experience. By "voting with our wings" - choosing our destinations well and cultivating our roles as citizen diplomats we can help to change the world for the better."  Pioneer of the concept of 'ethical travel'

Humpback Whale, Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

Whale Watching in Costa Rica

All you need to know about whale watching in Costa Rica

Many of the species that pass through are deep water dwellers and are hard to see such as the blue whale, fin whales, the endangered Sea whales and some species of sperm whale. They can be seen off the Pacific coast in the deep sea occasionally.

The biggest animal on earth, the blue whale is another whale that passes through Costa Rica. During the winter months they migrate for warmer waters to feed and reproduce at the Costa Rican dome, the south Pacific side of the country.

One species in the order of Cetacea, the Orca has been seen more frequently in Costa Rican Pacific coast even though they are not common here and it is not their normal habitat as they prefer colder waters.

Where are the best places to go whale watching in Costa Rica?

The most popular place for humpback whale sightings are at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, south of Dominical. Another location is Drake Bay, in the Osa Peninsula down south along with the Golfo Dulce off Puerto Jimenez.

They are found all along the Pacific coast (some places more than others) and in the Gulf of Papagayo there are many whale sightings.

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica for a whale watching tour?

The best time to go whale watching in Costa Rica is December to April and August to December, almost all year round. This is due to the migration patterns of the humpback whales, of which both Northern and Southern hemisphere humpbacks pass through Costa Rica. The humpback whales are the prized jewel for whale watching in Costa Rica.

Southern Hemisphere humpback whales travel from Antarctica to Costa Rica from late July through early November. This migration route is 11,500 miles (18507.5 kilometers). Northern hemisphere whales head to Central America from Alaska from the months of December to March. These long routes make them one of the farthest migrating animals on Earth.

Between the months of October and November, it is common for both sides to pass through Costa Rica at the same time and this could serve as an advantage for males, increasing the genetic diversity during mating. Because of this, Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale season in the world.



Client Reviews

Tree Frog, Costa Rica
"Steppes was extremely helpful and responded quickly to queries and redoing itineraries etc. 
even when my query couldn't be immediately answered someone always got back asap with an answer. Time was spent really understanding what we wanted and the result was perfect."

Julian Cremona

Costa Rica
Traditional Ox Cart, Costa Rica
"Well organised,
Steppes just caught our needs and interests." 

Michael Bishop

Costa Rica
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