San Jose and Central Valley
Due to its convenient location, this is the ideal base to start or end your journey in Costa Rica. Whilst the hustle and bustle of San Jose offers galleries, museums and restaurants, the real highlight of the area is the surrounding Central Valley with its dense rainforest, national parks bustling with wildlife, and plantation-covered rolling hills.
The capital San Jose is often overlooked, as it has lost its appeal over the years, however a day at the many museums, art galleries, parks and restaurants would be a great option for anyone wanting to take in the urban history and culture of this country.
Outside the city are the areas Heredia and Alajuela, home to several boutique properties offering a peaceful escape on arrival or at the end of a trip. Alajuela is also where you can find the unspoilt Bajos del Toro area. Hidden away in a valley between extinct volcanoes, here you will encounter an abundance of refreshing waterfalls, flowing rivers, and many trails to be hiked.
For adrenaline adventures, Arenal is the perfect choice and home to the best-known volcano in the country. Enclosed by lush rainforest, dotted by pristine waterfalls and bubbling hot springs, this national park offers spectacular views and a dizzying array of activities. The misty cloud forest of Monteverde is easily reached from here, another top destination for soaring through the jungle canopy on a zip line or navigating the suspension bridges up high with the chattering monkeys. World class rafting is best experienced on the Pacuare River in Turrialba, a charming area also in the abundant and beautiful Central Valley.
There are plenty of excellent lodges, country inns and hotels to choose from in this area.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort is an arty boutique country inn located in the Central Valley of Costa Rica near San Jose, with stunning views of nearby volcanoes, cloud forests and coffee plantations. Each guest room is individual in style.
Grano de Oro
The Grano de Oro is a charming turn of the century mansion. The atrium terrace and corridors have sparkling fountains and lush tropical planting, and the rooftop deck offers soothing jacuzzis and is a great spot for catching a few rays.
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Central Valley, Costa Rica
El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an eco-lodge set amongst lush cloud forest just over an hour from San Jose in Bajos del Toro offering beautiful suites and villas, picture-perfect panoramas, and a whole host of pampering and nature-based activities.
Wild Costa Rica
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Travel from coast to coast exploring Costa Rica’s wildlife rich natural highlights while staying at charming hotels in spectacular surroundings and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. Unwind at the end at a boutique beach retreat on a lush hillside.
GBP £5,500 pp
Epic Costa Rica
Central Valley, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Pacuare, San Jose
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GBP £6,400 pp
Extraordinary Costa Rica
Central Valley, Osa Peninsula, Arenal, Guanacaste
A trip to Costa Rica guarantees an assortment of thrilling activities, incredible scenery, tropical temperatures, unusual wildlife and gorgeous beaches! Spot monkeys and sloths as they peer at you from the treetops, sip cocktails whilst enjoying dramatic sunsets and recharge your batteries at some of the country’s most exclusive and luxurious...
GBP £6,600 pp
Costa Rica with Kids
Central Valley, Tortuguero, Arenal & Papagayo
A fun-filled family adventure through Costa Rica's diverse landscapes from coast to coast, taking in wonderful wildlife, majestic volcanoes and beautiful beaches. Enjoy adventurous activities suitable for all the family from lagoon boat trips to canopy walks and finish up with a splash of relaxation on the sun-kissed Pacific Coast.
GBP £4,400 pp
Family Fun in Costa Rica
San Jose, Pacuare, Osa Peninsula, Arenal & Papagayo
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GBP £7,400 pp
Ultimate Costa Rica
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This incredible trip showcases the very best of Costa Rica from verdant coffee plantations, volcanoes, wildlife rich jungles and adrenalin fuelled activities to effortlessly chic properties that make for a truly memorable stay.
GBP £13,600 pp
Limitless Costa Rica
Central Valley, Arenal, Southern Osa, Papagayo Peninsula
Sublime cloud forests, lively rivers, majestic volcanoes, lush jungles and wild beaches, and that’s just the tip of this ultimate trip through Costs Rica. You will be faced with unprecedented levels of luxury, personally curated experiences, top secret bolt holes unknown to many, unparalleled service and effortlessly chic properties that make for...
Active Costa Rica
San Jose, Turrialba District, Arenal and Santa Teresa
A fantastic introduction to Costa Rica that begins with off the beaten track adventure at the wonderful Pacuare Lodge, includes a stay near the iconic Arenal Volcano and finishes up with a few days of laid-back luxury in charming Santa Teresa.
GBP £5,700 pp