Plantations, fincas, primary rainforest and ravines of a truly beautiful wilderness area.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, don’t forget the jungle-fringed beaches which stretch for miles and offer superb opportunities for surfing and kiting.
Up in the trees or out on the sea, which Costa Rica experiences best fit you?
Visit Tortuguero, one of the world’s major nesting sites for Atlantic green turtles.
Snorkel with manta rays and turtles.
Raft and zip line through the jungle canopy and abseil down waterfalls.
Join a local family for a cooking class, extract juice from sugarcane, milk a cow and make cheese.
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.
Discover how to make chocolate, from bean to bar.
Take a boat ride along the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border to see hundreds of crocodiles sunning themselves along the river bank.
Take a fascinating walk into the lava fields of Arenal Volcano.
For the active, take a challenging hike to the summit of Rincon de la Vieja volcano.
Witness first hand pyroclastic flows, geysers and mineral rich lakes.
Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.
Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.
Boasting plunge pools fed by natural hot springs, thoughtfully designed tents with eco-friendly touches, and a gourmet eatery with an expansive terrace, Nayara Tented Camp offers nature lovers a unique indoor-outdoor lodging experience within the confines…View Property
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is located on a stunning stretch of coast at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and just a short walk along the beach from the small seafront town of Montezuma. Flanked…View Property
Latitude 10 is quite simply an exquisite hotel of the highest calibre. A relaxed no-fuss atmosphere with excellent service. Ideal to take over for a family party, or book as a romantic retreat for two. The…View Property
Capitan Suizo is one of the original beach hotels in the centre of Tamarindo. With 35 rooms in total, comprising of standard and superior rooms, bungalows and beachfront suites, it is an old favourite and boasts…View Property
Surrounded by 205 acres of private cloud forest reserve at an altitude of 2,200 metres above sea level, Trogon Lodge provides 25 rooms in 12 log cabin units dotted around the gardens.View Property
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.
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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I think we may renounce our citizenship and stay in our villa here in Costa Rica. What a spot, right on the river, loads of room... This morning was zip-lining over the canopy. Once the terror morphed into exhilaration, it was terrific.
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.
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.
Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.
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