Luxury Costa Rica Holidays 2024/2025

From idyllic beaches and lagoons to wild rainforests and impressive volcanoes, there is an endless list of things to see and do on a holiday to Costa Rica.

  • Luxury, tailormade itineraries
  • 24/7 support from our award-winning travel specialists
  • Access to Costa Rica’s best hotels and beach resorts
  • Discover the beauty of the country with trusted guides and unique experiences.
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If you’d like to get up close and personal with rare wildlife in one of the country’s lush national parks or spend your days surfing in the stunningly blue Pacific Ocean, our travel specialists can help you plan a truly unforgettable luxury holiday to Costa Rica.

For first-time visitors, we recommend a trip to San Jose and the Central Valley. Conveniently located, this region is an ideal starting/finishing point for your trip. Take your pick from the bustling capital with many galleries and museums, to the surrounding dense rainforests and national parks, teeming with rare and beautiful wildlife.

If you’d like to see Costa Rica’s biodiversity at its best, Monteverde is home to rare birds, colourful amphibians and exotic plants and is an unmissable destination for nature lovers. The area is also ideal for thrill-seekers, offering sky-high ziplines and horseback riding opportunities. Arenal is another great destination for those looking for adventure, particularly for kids. Its leafy rainforests are filled with waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and nature trails ready to be discovered.

From family holidays set against some of the most breathtaking scenery to ecotourism trips for two, no Scott Dunn holiday to Costa Rica is the same.

Top Tours in Costa Rica

A land of immense natural beauty, from idyllic beaches and lagoons to wild rainforests and impressive volcanoes, there is an endless list of things to see and do in Costa Rica. Discover hidden highlights on the Osa Peninsula, learn about the wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park or relax on the coconut palm-lined beaches of Puerto Viejo. Our award-winning travel specialists can arrange any bespoke tour, adding every last detail to make your luxury Costa Rica holiday magical.

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Top Luxury Hotels in Costa Rica

From luxurious beach resorts for a truly indulgent break to eco-lodges that help you switch off and get back to nature, our travel experts have hand-picked a selection of hotels and accommodation. From the Caribbean coast to the depths of the rainforest, we’re ready to help you find the perfect luxury hotel in Costa Rica.

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Key information about Costa Rica

  • Best time to visit: December to April
  • Flight time: 10 hours and 50 minutes
  • Time difference: -6 hours GMT
  • Currency: Colón

FAQs About Costa Rica Luxury Holidays

  • When is the best time to go on holiday to Costa Rica?

    Costa Rica has so much to offer all year round, so the best time to visit depends on what you're looking to get out of your trip and where you're exploring.

    If you're visiting the Pacific coast for an exclusive beach getaway, you'll get the driest and brightest weather between December and April. On the Caribbean coast, the dry season is between March and September.

    While many people choose to experience a holiday in Costa Rica during the dry season, we'd recommend an adventure in May or June, during the 'green season'. As well as avoiding the crowds, you'll be able to witness the true magic of Costa Rica as the seasons transition. Visiting at this enchanting time of year means you'll encounter the luscious national parks at their best.

    Costa Rica's tropical climate means you should be prepared for rainfall at any time of the year. Even the driest seasons experience some rain, but these sharp downpours are usually short-lived.

    Find out more about the best time to visit Costa Rica.

  • What activities can I do on a Costa Rica holiday?

    Costa Rica is all about adventure, being amongst nature and seeing magnificent, colourful wildlife. Hike through rainforests looking out for birds, monkeys and sloths. Be daring as you walk across sky bridges miles above the forest canopy, then whizz back down on a zipline. Tackle rapids white-water rafting or choose a slower pace in a kayak. Go sailing among dolphins or learn why canyoning is so fun. There’s horseback riding, coffee plantations, and local villages to discover too. And of course, Costa Rica is big on surfing, with both the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans waiting for you. There are so many different things to do and places to visit while on a luxury holiday to Costa Rica.

  • What will the food be like on a holiday to Costa Rica?

    Food in Costa Rica is mild and fresh, it makes the most of the ingredients that it grows. There are a lot of rice and bean dishes, along with exotic fruits and vegetables, like coconuts, plantains, passion fruit and guava. Tortillas filled with meat or seafood, cheese and vegetables, and ceviche are two big dishes in Costa Rica, like in other Central American countries. And of course, the coffee is delicious.

  • What's the best way to get around Costa Rica?

    Depending on your route, it is generally easiest to get around by private car transfers, organised by Scott Dunn with trusted drivers. However, you can also travel by small Cessna airplane, which saves time.

  • Are luxury Costa Rica holidays suitable for families?

    Holidays in Costa Rica are brilliant for families with children of all ages but best for those with teenagers and older kids who will love the action-packed itineraries. Small children will enjoy the beaches and wildlife like turtles and dolphins, while the older kids can make the most of the adventurous things to do such as canyoning, crossing suspension bridges, hiking, and going on zip-wires.

  • Can I book a luxury Costa Rica holiday for my honeymoon?

    Yes, you can book Costa Rica for your honeymoon. It makes a fantastic destination for couples who want an off-the-beaten-track honeymoon adventure, that will combine excitement with downtime on the beach. The hotels are wonderfully romantic too, located high above the ground in the trees or perched on the beach.

  • Where are the best destinations for Costa Rica beach holidays?

    There are so many beaches in Costa Rica, and all are very different. For calmer waters, head to the Papagayo Peninsula. For good surf and rugged, jungle-style beaches, places like Santa Teresa and Nosara are great, they also have laid-back beach towns nearby. Meanwhile, Manuel Antonio is great for combining beach with wildlife, snorkelling and surfing, and is the most accessible beach from San Jose.

  • Do you offer luxury adult-only holidays to Costa Rica?

    While we don’t do adult-only trips, we can put together a fantastic, adult-centric holiday to Costa Rica, selecting where to go, stay and what to experience. Nayara Springs, for example, is a hotel we work with, which is for adults only, while Amor Arenal is for children aged 13 and over, and places like Lapas Rios Lodge or Origins Lodge are more geared towards adults so don’t tend to attract young children.

  • How long are your tours to Costa Rica?

    Our luxury Costa Rica holidays last between 10 and 15 nights. Each holiday is completely bespoke, so we can make your itinerary match the length of time you have. Speak with one of our dedicated travel experts to discuss what you're looking for in your next trip and we'll do everything we can to help.

  • Where do your Costa Rica luxury holidays fly from?

    British Airways flies direct from London Gatwick to San Jose three times a week. However, we can also arrange indirect flights from wherever you are in the UK.

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