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Costa Rica trip ideas

Costa Rica trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

A tour of Costa Rica presents many different options with its myriad national parks and variety of outdoor activities. Our specialists have travelled extensively around the country and their expert local knowledge is invaluable when planning your bespoke tour. They have designed a number of itinerary ideas to inspire you, though your own route will be tailored to your interests, perhaps combining Costa Rica’s well-known highlights with more unusual experiences to make your trip that bit more special. Getting around Costa Rica and understanding its multi-layered culture is also made easy by our knowledgeable guides who aim to assist you in getting the most out of your time.

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Ideas for your trip to Costa Rica

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Costa Rica, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Simply Costa Rica: Arenal, Monteverde & Manuel Antonio


  • Explore Arenal Volcano, a spectacular setting for some of the country's best activities.

  • Visit the Monteverde Cloudforest: a cool, lush climate with excellent birdwatching.

  • Try zip-lining or tackle the Cloudforest canopy walkways.

  • Relax on the beaches of Manuel Antonio.

Classic Costa Rica tour


  • Take a boat trip among the lush network of canals in Tortuguero National Park.

  • Explore Arenal Volcano, an activity hub home to hanging bridges, lake kayaking and hot springs.

  • Visit the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, a mystical temporal forest hiding a myriad of birdlife.

  • Relax on one of Costa Rica's pristine beaches.

Birdwatching in Costa Rica


  • Discover the famous resplendent quetzal in the tranquil cloud forest of San Gerardo de Dota.

  • Enjoy the services of an expert naturalist guide at the Turrialba's renowned birding lodge, Rancho Naturalista.

  • Visit La Selva Biological Station to explore the pristine tropical forest trails, home to 448 species of birds.

Wildlife of Costa Rica


  • Wander cloudforest canopy walkways in search of a variety of birdlife.

  • Enjoy a river safari in the Caño Negro Wildlife Reserve.

  • Visit the coastal Manuel Antonio National Park to spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, among other species.

  • Explore the Osa Peninsula, home to the highest concentration of wildlife in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon

  • Stay at the unique Pacuare Lodge, accessed by white water raft through spectacular mountain valleys.

  • Try the myriad of activities on offer around the Arenal volcano from zip lining, kayaking, mountain biking or visiting hot springs.

  • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

  • Relax and admire views of jungle-fringed beaches in Manuel Antonio.

15 Days from £4,380pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon


  • Stay at the unique Pacuare Lodge, accessed by white water raft through spectacular mountain valleys.

  • Try the myriad of activities on offer around the Arenal volcano from zip lining, kayaking, mountain biking or visiting hot springs.

  • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

  • Relax and admire views of jungle-fringed beaches in Manuel Antonio.

Cuba & Costa Rica tour

  • Lose yourself wandering the cobbled streets and squares of Havana.

  • Dance the night away with the locals at Trinidad's Casa de la Trova.

  • Spot the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica's cloud forests.

  • Observe the Arenal Volcano and undertake some of the many activities at its base.

  • Relax at a beautiful Pacific coast beach resort.

16 Days from £4,905pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cuba & Costa Rica tour


  • Lose yourself wandering the cobbled streets and squares of Havana.

  • Dance the night away with the locals at Trinidad's Casa de la Trova.

  • Spot the Resplendent Quetzal in Costa Rica's cloud forests.

  • Observe the Arenal Volcano and undertake some of the many activities at its base.

  • Relax at a beautiful Pacific coast beach resort.

Overland through Nicaragua & Costa Rica

  • Explore the colourful and vibrant city of Granada.

  • Learn about Nicaragua's turbulent modern history in Leon.

  • Stare down into the active Masaya Volcano crater.

  • Relax at the stunning Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast.

  • Spend time in the natural mud baths and steam rooms at Hotel Borinquen in Rincon de la Vieja.

  • View the magnificent active Arenal Volcano.

  • Search for the Resplendent Quetzal in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest.

17 Days from £5,360pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Overland through Nicaragua & Costa Rica


  • Explore the colourful and vibrant city of Granada.

  • Learn about Nicaragua's turbulent modern history in Leon.

  • Stare down into the active Masaya Volcano crater.

  • Relax at the stunning Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast.

  • Spend time in the natural mud baths and steam rooms at Hotel Borinquen in Rincon de la Vieja.

  • View the magnificent active Arenal Volcano.

  • Search for the Resplendent Quetzal in the Los Angeles Cloud Forest.

Luxury Costa Rica

  • Try some of Costa Rica's best wildlife and adventure activities around the Arenal Volcano.

  • Escape the crowds in a boutique, Cloud Forest hideaway.

  • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

  • Relax by your infinity pool or go whale and dolphin watching in Uvita.

14 Days from £5,725pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury Costa Rica


  • Try some of Costa Rica's best wildlife and adventure activities around the Arenal Volcano.

  • Escape the crowds in a boutique, Cloud Forest hideaway.

  • Hike through jungle trails in search of monkeys, sloth and toucans in the remote Osa Peninsula.

  • Relax by your infinity pool or go whale and dolphin watching in Uvita.

Galapagos & Costa Rica tour

  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.

  • Get up close to the smouldering Volcan Arenal.

  • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

16 Days from £5,880pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Galapagos & Costa Rica tour


  • The unique, fearless wildlife of the Galapagos.

  • Search for the resplendent quetzal and other birdlife in the cool Costa Rican cloud forest.

  • Get up close to the smouldering Volcan Arenal.

  • Undertake zip-lining, white water rafting as well as other activities around Arenal.

  • Relax on a beautiful Pacific beach.

Costa Rica & Panama tour

  • Panama City - explore the three parts of the city and take a partial transit of the famous canal.

  • Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica's most famous volcano, and great activity hub.

  • Caribbean beaches - beautiful archipelagos in Panama and stretches of coastline in Costa Rica that provide fantastic opportunities for a range of activities.

19 Days from £6,580pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Costa Rica & Panama tour


  • Panama City - explore the three parts of the city and take a partial transit of the famous canal.

  • Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica's most famous volcano, and great activity hub.

  • Caribbean beaches - beautiful archipelagos in Panama and stretches of coastline in Costa Rica that provide fantastic opportunities for a range of activities.

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Our Hidden Beaches Itineraries

Part of our Hidden Beaches collection, these trip ideas are our answer if you’re looking for relaxation but still have the urge to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent exploring. That could be taking in a city, a safari, discovering the local culture or just hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a dedicated Hidden Beaches specialist would tailor-make your holiday.

Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Bahia del Sol and Arenal Volcano

Combine a variety of activities around Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano region with some relaxation on a small and rustic hideaway on the peaceful Northern Pacific Coast.

13 Days from £2,293pp

3 nights Arenal, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Bahia del Sol, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers, plus a night in San José.

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Family holidays in Costa Rica

Family holidays in Costa Rica

We can highly recommend Costa Rica as an ideal destination for a family holiday, with a low malaria risk and numerous activities to enjoy. It provides a wonderful way to experience the rainforest and cloudforest for children of all ages.

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