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Manzanillo Beach, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Holidays

There’s a saying that runs right through Costa Rica: ‘pura vida’, or ‘the good life’. We can help you to truly tap into this tranquil way of being and experience the country in ways that few travellers ever do.

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.

A peaceful and forward-thinking country with a wide range of luxury accommodation, Costa Rica lends itself perfectly to many different types of holiday.

Resplendent Quetzal in flight
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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.

Baby Turtle, Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Costa Rica: What to Expect

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.

Explore Costa Rica

  • Cloud Forests
  • San Jose
  • Nicoya Peninsula
  • Puerto Viejo and Caribbean Coast
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Arenal
  • Tortuguero


Up in the trees or out on the sea, which Costa Rica experiences best fit you?

Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel with manta rays and turtles.

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Adventures in the Tree Canopy

Raft and zip line through the jungle canopy and abseil down waterfalls.

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Cookery Class

Join a local family for a cooking class, extract juice from sugarcane, milk a cow and make cheese.

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Volcano Adventure

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.

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Chocolate Making

Discover how to make chocolate, from bean to bar.

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Take to the trees

Live in a tree house high above the lakes and rainforest at Maquenque Lodge

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Crocodile Central

Take a boat ride along the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border to see hundreds of crocodiles sunning themselves along the river bank.

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Walk inside Arenal Volcano

Take a fascinating walk into the lava fields of Arenal Volcano.

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Hike Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

For the active, take a challenging hike to the summit of Rincon de la Vieja volcano.

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Explore the unique landscape

Witness first hand pyroclastic flows, geysers and mineral rich lakes.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

Visiting the Osa Peninsular, one of the top wildlife biospheres in the world, and seeing a pod of 30 humpback whales while snorkelling in the waters of Costa Rica are amongst James’s highlights of Costa Rica.

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John Faithfull

Costa Rica is simply the best spot in Central America for nature lovers, and is always John’s top recommendation for those wishing to hike, swim, zip, raft, ride or float through outstanding scenery and rich biodiversity.

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Frequently asked questions about Costa Rica

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.

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.

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We found it extremely helpful to visit the Steppes office and have a face to face discussion with James about what our requirements were for our adventures in Costa Rica. He really listened and made sure that the trip was tailored to our needs.

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Travel Expert: James

Great work from John. The additions of zip-lining and surfing lessons were exciting experiences that we would not have considered without his expert guidance.

Destination: Costa Rica
Travel Expert: John

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