The people of Costa Rica have a saying: they’re rich in paradise. It’s not hard to understand what they mean: much of Costa Rica is ecologically unspoiled, its wildlife is abundant, and its ecosystems are diverse. Think remote, jungle-fringed coastline with beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Quasi-magical cloudforest with moss-cloaked trees, hummingbirds flitting between orchids and the elusive quetzal bird. A volcanic central valley with waterfalls and hot springs. Wetlands that thrum with everything from minuscule poison dart frogs to caimans, crocodiles and manatees.
Our specialists have explored much of this small, safe Central American country, which lends itself easily to self-driving. We can advise on the best spots for zip-lining and rafting if you’re seeking more adventurous activities, where to bathe in thermal waters in Arenal National Park, and how to see wildlife such as endangered green macaws and nesting sea turtles.
Suggested itineraries for Costa Rica
These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to Costa Rica could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
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Our expert guides to traveling in Costa Rica
Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Costa Rica. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Costa Rica at its best.
My travels in Costa Rica, 2017
Overseas product specialist Scott captured this footage on his recent trip to Costa Rica. He canoed on rivers through rainforest, visited plunging waterfalls and explored the many beaches and volcanoes. He also encountered some of the varied wildlife, including hummingbirds, scarlet macaws and poison dart frogs.
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