Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America and is fast becoming one of the most visited destinations in the region, thanks to its lush rainforest, beautiful beaches and culture. The span of the Costa Rican territory, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, is 200 miles.

Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.

Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces – San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon. Each province is subdivided into regions and these are subdivided into districts.

While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible – one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).

The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkelling, and sun bathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centres and its beaches are very popular for surfing.

 

Casa Azul

Casa Azul

Casa Azul, Costa Rica

Guests can enjoy spectacular ocean views of the Pitahaya and Catalina Islands, from all the main living areas of this striking beach home! Casa Azul combines Costa Rica’s tropica...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Guanacaste
From £536per night
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Casa Brewer

Casa Brewer

Casa Brewer, Costa Rica

Casa Brewer is an impressive six bedroom villa located at Las Catalinas and includes two masters, a bunk room, and a guest house. There is ample outdoor living space in two cover...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 16
  • Location: Guanacaste
From £998per night
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Casa Mary Y Sol

Casa Mary Y Sol

Casa Mary Y Sol, Costa Rica

Casa Mary Y Sol is a delightful seven bedroom home that can accommodate up to 20 guests. This home features two master suites and a bunkroom that sleeps 6 and is perfect for larg...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Guanacaste
From £825per night
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Casa Oceana

Casa Oceana

Casa Oceana, Costa Rica

Casa Oceano is a stunning six-bedroom beachfront villa – a marriage of sea, sand, oceanfront infinity pool and luxurious accommodations. Guests can experience tropical palms and...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Location: West coast
From £1,355per night
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Casa Ramon

Casa Ramon

Casa Ramon, Costa Rica

Casa Ramon is a beautiful six bedroom villa located near the town of Dominical and Playa Hermosa on the western coast of Costa Rica. The property boasts breathtaking views of the l...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 11
  • Location: Dominical
From £327per night
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Villa El Alma

Villa El Alma

Villa El Alma, Costa Rica

Villa Al Alma is a beautiful three bedroom villa with breath-taking views of the natural environment. This beautiful home is located in Papagayo, which is synonymous with paradise....

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 13
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Location: North west
From £1,238per night
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Villa Manzu

Villa Manzu

Villa Manzu, Costa Rica

Villa Manzu is a private estate covering 30,000 square feet and sits on five acres in an isolated peninsula on the the grounds of the Peninsula Papagayo. This impressive estate of...

  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Maximum Guests: 16
  • Bathrooms: 12
  • Location: West coast
From £13,613per night
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Villa Mariposa

Villa Mariposa

Villa Mariposa, Costa Rica

Villa Mariposa is set on a hill just outside Nosara and has spectacular views across the tropical rainforest and Pacific Ocean. This stunning villa has four bedrooms, but can be re...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 9
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Nosara
From £561per night
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Getting There

British Airways fly directly from London Gatwick to San José twice a week in the summer season and three times a week during the winter season. Alternatively, there are a number of flights from America to José – perfect for a twin centre holiday.

Capital: San José
Flying time: 11 hours
Language: Spanish but English is widely spoken
Country Size: 19,730 square miles
Time Difference from UK: -6 hours Winter/ -7 hours Summer
Currency: Colon
Voltage: 120 volts
Driving: Right hand side of the road
Airport: here are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, is located within the Central Valley region north of San Jose. The other airport, Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, facilitates access to destinations in the northwestern Guanacaste region
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa but check at time of booking
Drink the water: It is advisable to drink bottled water
Beaches: A beach lovers haven with stretches of beaches and clear blue waters
Health and Safety: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before your trip. It is advisable to check with your doctor as

In the Central Valley, where the main centres of population are located, the average temperature is 22°C (72°F) and the region enjoys a spring-like climate year round. In the coastal areas, the temperature is much hotter and humid, while the Pacific Northwest can be extremely hot and dry. The rainy season starts in May and finishes in November, although there are distinct regional variations. June and July are the wettest months, particularly on the Caribbean side, but the season can run from May until December.

The ‘warm’ dry season is December to May, though temperature differences between summer and winter are slight. March is the height of the dry season, and the humidity is lower at this time, making this a popular time for visitors. Volcano Arenal is notoriously hard to see due to the clouds, but the best time of year to try is during April and May.