Quick Guide to Costa Rica

With its lovely Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, tropical forests and unique flora and fauna, it's easy to see why holidays to Costa Rica are becoming more popular. A staggering quarter of the country is covered by protected nature reserves, and it's home to 5% of the world's biodiversity. You don't have to look far to see a sloth hanging out of a tree or a monkey tightrope-walking across a telephone wire.

Plan a holiday to the small, Central American country and expect a very humid, tropical climate, with a wet and dry season. It's best to visit during the dry season between December and April. If you visit in the wet season, be prepared for daily afternoon showers but much cheaper accommodation rates.

A combination of lofty volcanoes, lush rainforests, enticing beaches and warm locals make it a place you're not likely to forget in a hurry, and there are countless activities to do here to make your stay a spectacular one.

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How To Get To Costa Rica

There are two international airports in the country. Juan Santamaria International Airport serves the capital and there are plenty of San Jose flights available in and out of the country. The other main airport is Daniel Oduber International Airport. This airport serves the beach resorts popular with TUI holidaymakers in the north. As this destination becomes more popular there are many cheap flights to Costa Rica available, making Costa Rica holidays more attractive.

What To Do In Costa Rica

Costa Rica holidays offer plenty to see and do. Many tourists of course come to relax on the beaches or enjoy water sports. Inland, there is the lush interior where you can enjoy nature walks, bird watching, canopy tours, volcano watching and waterfalls. River and wetland tours are also popular as is white water rafting. As befits a volcanic landscape there is also the chance to enjoy hot water springs in relaxing spa resorts. Finally, you can experience a coffee tour to get a true taste of Costa Rica.

Discover the Nicoya Peninsula's 80-mile shoreline, hike to the base of the Arenal Volcano and fall in love with Costa Rica's stunning Gold Coast. From Corcovado National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Costa Rica is a country that just keeps on giving in the natural beauty department.

The reggae beats of Puerto Viejo are served up alongside the likes of coconut-scented rice and spice-rubbed jerk chicken. Paddle through Parque Nacional Tortuguero's many canals, fascinating wildlife hidden behind trees and bushes. Mal País and Santa Teresa are the destinations to experience for in-the-know surfers. At the tip of the Península de Nicoya, these waves give you a challenge to contend with.

If you're looking for another water-based adventure, the swill of rushing rivers surrounding the tiny town of Turrialba in the Central Valley has some of the best white-water rafting to be had in Central America. Action-seekers should also hike up Costa Rica's highest peak, Cerro Chirripó - you'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Playa Sámara (great for families in search of a quiet retreat with children in tow) and Montezuma (a stunning getaway for couples) should be reserved for days that revolve around sea, sun, sand and sleep. And perhaps a few ice-cold cocktails.

Where To Stay In Costa Rica

Those enjoying holidays in Costa Rica have a wide range of accommodation choices. You can find hotels for every taste and budget. Family run B&B hotels are popular and are ideal for those on cheap holidays in Costa Rica, whilst there are also plenty of five star options in the cities, on the coast or in the countryside. With a whole range options in between, you can fit your holiday to your budget.