Costa Rica is a thrill seeker's dream. With so many diverse ecosystems and terrains, it is the perfect adventure playground. With hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, rafting, zip lining, and surfing, there really is something for everyone. With so much variety on offer, we’ve helped you out and narrowed down our top five adventure activities to help you get out and explore the country’s natural wonders...
As the eco-and-adventure tourism capital of Central America, it’s no surprise the country hosts a dizzying array of national parks. From hiking adventures to white water rafting, wildlife encounters and stunning vistas – there’s a National Park to suit everyone. Below are the top five National Parks that cover the highlights of Costa Rica and allow you to get under the skin of this magnificent country.
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Costa Rica is one of Central America’s hottest and most exciting destinations to travel to right now! A lot of people get put off by the idea of visiting in the green season - what we call the rainy season, yet it’s probably one of the most vibrant, lushest and freshest times to see the country in all its glory. The Latin America team have been working together, to come up with ten (very important) reasons as to why the green season is a great time to travel to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is regarded as one of the safest, friendliest, most diverse and exotic destinations in the world. And if that wasn’t enough to highlight its family appeal, it is possible to fly direct from London with British Airways, making it also easily accessible. With this in mind, our experts have put together a list of their favourite family-friendly Costa Rican hotels.
During a trip to Costa Rica back in May, Latin America specialist Scarlett visited the Kids Saving the Rainforest Wildlife Reserve and Sanctuary – a project developed by Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone when they were just 9 years old. Hearing how the two young girls had been moved to save the rainforest of Costa Rica left Scarlett utterly inspired and wowed after her visit to the sanctuary.
Scarlett recently spent two weeks exploring Costa Rica, and a visit to the Osa Peninsula left her awe-struck. Staying at the luxurious Playa Cativo Lodge, she was astounded by the abundance of wildlife in the area and the lush, dramatic scenery...
Here, our Marketing Manager Emily gets under the skin of Costa Rica and shows us that it’s so much more than just natural beauty and adventure, but a place of complete positivity and warmth.
Kura Design Villas
Dominical and Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica
Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury, Beach
Kura Design Villas is an exclusive boutique retreat in Uvita on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. With sensational jungle and ocean views, Kura is a superbly stylish option for couples and honeymooners wanting pampered relaxation and abundant wildlife.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Built on an impressive mountain ridge with breath-taking views over the Pacific Ocean, Kura is a small boutique retreat seamlessly combining sleek contemporary minimalism with the natural environment to produce a supremely romantic getaway.
Undoubtedly one of Costa Rica’s top destinations, Kura feels incredibly secluded in an area biologically famous for its lush vegetation, pristine beaches, and abundant wildlife. Each of the six exclusive glass-fronted one-bedroom villas is understatedly lavish and decked out in slate, bamboo ceilings, teak shutters and local wood furniture, reflecting the inspiring vision of its charming architect and biologist husband-and-wife owners Martin and Alejandra. Each room is equipped with an iPad that is fully loaded with spa options, the day’s menus and information about the property, and comes with a pair of binoculars to give you a closer view of the passing toucans and monkeys. Kura has admirable eco credentials: its 19-metre infinity pool is filled with salt-water and chemical-free, energy comes from solar panels, and rainwater is recycled. Surrounded by nothing but lush rainforest the only sounds you’ll hear are those of the local wildlife.
Dining at Kura features superbly creative Costa Rican fusion cuisine, and the chef combines locally grown organic ingredients to produce outstanding dishes with a complex array of flavours. There is a spectacular outdoor poolside lounge, or you can stroll up to the Sky Lounge to savour the 360-degree views of rainforest and ocean while sipping a fine wine. The Diablitos Bar is a chic spot for a cocktail, and there’s an ocean-facing spa offering facials, massages, wraps and scrubs using local products. Yoga classes can also be arranged.
There are plenty of activities and wildlife excursions on offer at Kura, including jungle treks, boating trips, white-water rafting, zip-lining, waterfall rappelling and surfing lessons, as well as trips into the biodiversity hotspot of the Osa Peninsula. Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific region has the largest area of protected land in Costa Rica, with Corcovado National Park, Caño Island Biological Reserve, Manuel Antonio National Park and the Ballena National Marine Park all within easy reach of Kura.
When to go
The summer season in Costa Rica (December to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain but there should be less of it and it is the optimum time to visit. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit and you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. Mornings tend to be sunny with afternoon and evening showers. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
Kura is closed from 1–31 October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Snorkeling Cano Island Biological Reserve
Delve into the beautiful crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs, of the Cano Island Biological Reserve and Violines Island.
Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour
Take the opportunity to follow the migrating humpback whales as they travel south to warmer waters. Along the way, spot playful dolphins swimming alongside the boat and observe the stunning surroundings of Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
San Jose, Turrialba, Heredia, Osa Peninsula, Bahia Ballena
Romantic Costa Rica is perfect for couples in search of adventure and stylish accommodation in dreamy surroundings.