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.
Tucked between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica has a diverse range of beaches to suit all tastes. From palm-fringed golden sands and lively resorts to rocky coves and unspoilt shorelines, many of the beaches are backed by lush rainforest with plenty of activities to enjoy. Here are our top ten…
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Order your free copy of our Costa Rica guidebook today. Written by our specialists, it details destination information, a wildlife guide, some suggested itineraries and plenty more to inspire your holiday. Fill in the form below and if you live in UK, your guidebook will arrive by post. For those who live abroad, we will send you a copy by email.
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.
Playa Cativo Lodge
Golfito, Costa Rica
Best for: Spectacular scenery, Walking Trekking, Wildlife
Immerse yourself in nature and completely unwind in Playa Cativo, a luxurious beachfront boutique hotel surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Playa Cativo is a beachfront boutique hotel set in 1,000 acres of private tropical rainforest surrounded by the Piedras Blancas National Park. Accessible exclusively by boat, the setting is incredibly remote and beautifully wild.
Each of the 18 rooms boast fantastic views of the ocean and rainforest, really immersing their guests in nature. Elegantly furnished with hardwoods and colourful tiles created by local artisans, and equipped with king-size beds, ceiling fans and rain showers, the rooms are luxurious and very comfortable. With four categories to choose from, the only difference is the size and view; the higher up you are the more enhanced the view.
Enjoy strolling along the rugged beach, indulge in a deep-tissue massage and get involved in the numerous activities complimentary to any stay, these include self-guided walks, kayaking, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding. Other excursions at additional cost include hiking in the tropical rainforest, kayaking through mangroves, bird-watching and fishing.
El Gavilán Restaurant at Playa Cativo features à la carte gourmet dining and includes all meals during your stay. Taste the local seafood and finest seasonal organic produce from their on-site farm in a romantic and private setting. Playa Cativo also has a freshwater, outdoor swimming pool set in their beautiful gardens full of exotic birds, animals and plants.
When to go
From May to December it's the 'green season' when it rains more than the rest of the year, it can sometimes rain for 3 days in a row. October is the wettest month, the creeks rise and roads can be impassable. January to April are the drier months, when it’s idyllic here. The busiest time of year is the second half of December, when you need to book well in advance.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Free Night at Playa Cativo
Book 3 nights at Playa Cativo and receive a 4th night for free.
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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.
Corcovado National Park
This hike into Corcovado National Park offers an excellent opportunity to observe an incredible variety of mammals including spiders, monkeys, sloths and a diverse range of birds.
Rio Esquinas Mangrove Kayaking
Enjoy a half day kayak paddle on the river system near Playa Cativo offering the unique opportunity to see local birdlife and experience mangroves and rainforests from the water.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Heredia, Osa Peninsula, Arenal and Gulf of Papagayo
Discover a less explored part of Costa Rica, whilst staying in some of the country's most luxurious boutique hotels. Explore a wealth of wildlife, discover unspoilt beaches and experience a fascinating slice of Costa Rica.
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.