Luxury Costa Rica Vacations 2024/2025

On a Scott Dunn Costa Rica vacation, you encounter landscapes ranging from serene beaches and lagoons to lush rainforests and imposing volcanoes, offering scenery and rich cultural experiences that few places can match.

  • A Costa Rica vacation crafted by award-winning travel specialists
  • 24/7 seamless support from the moment you contact us
  • Unique experiences led by local private guides
  • Carefully curated collection of luxury Costa Rica hotels.
Costa Rica

Renowned as the "Rich Coast", Costa Rica unfolds a realm of extraordinary natural splendor. This destination is adorned with tranquil beaches, enchanting lagoons, untamed rainforests, and awe-inspiring volcanoes, offering many experiences for those on vacation to Costa Rica.

At Scott Dunn, our seasoned experts are well-versed in everything that makes a Costa Rica vacation special. They are eager to guide you in crafting a remarkable journey. Whether you encounter diverse wildlife in the nation's verdant national parks or surf the Caribbean Coast's cerulean waters, we ensure you relish the quintessence of Costa Rica.

For newcomers, San Jose and the Central Valley are recommended starting points. These areas are quintessential for a Costa Rica family vacation, providing a blend of urban exploration in San Jose with its numerous galleries and museums and natural escapades in the surrounding rainforests and parks.

Nature enthusiasts will find the Osa Peninsula a haven of biodiversity, especially Corcovado National Park. It's an integral part of any visit, brimming with vibrant birds, unique amphibians, and exotic flora. Arenal stands out as another prime location, not just for wildlife aficionados but also for adventure seekers, offering varied exhilarating activities suitable for all.

Each Costa Rica vacation experience is tailored, whether a romantic honeymoon amidst stunning vistas or an ecotourism adventure. At Scott Dunn, no two stays are alike, ensuring your stay is as unique and memorable as the destination itself.

Top Tours in Costa Rica

Uncover Monteverde's secrets with expert guides, and delve into the hidden gems of Costa Rica with locals. Experience wildlife wonders at Manuel Antonio National Park and brave the thrilling Pacuare River. Our team tailors your luxury Costa Rica vacation, complete with premier luxury hotels, for an unparalleled adventure.

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Top Luxury Hotels in Costa Rica

Our team has personally stayed at many hotels to bring you only the top-tier options for your Costa Rica vacation. Whether your preference leans towards the newest and most talked-about property or a place bursting with rustic charm, we've got it all in our handpicked hotel selection. From luxury hotels in Costa Rica perfect for lavish pampering to tranquil eco-lodges for a natural escape, we've curated a comprehensive range of accommodations. Covering areas from the Nicoya Peninsula to the lush rainforest depths, we're fully equipped to elevate your trip, whether a family vacation or a solo adventure.

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Key information about Costa Rica

  • Best time to visit: December to April
  • Flight time: 2.5 to 5 hours 
  • Time difference: -2 hours EST to +2 hours PST
  • Currency: Colón

FAQs About Luxury Vacations to Costa Rica

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

    The ideal period for a Costa Rica vacation is from December to April, known as the dry season. This time offers the best weather conditions, with less rain and more sunshine, perfect for exploring the country's diverse landscapes and wildlife.

    Many people also choose to experience Costa Rica 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.

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

    You can enjoy many activities on your Costa Rica vacation, from kayaking along serene rivers to guided nature walks in the Monteverde cloud forest. Explore diverse attractions like the wildlife-rich Osa Peninsula and Manuel Antonio National Park, which are famous for their sloths. Monteverde also offers encounters with monkeys and ocelots, plus nocturnal wildlife tours.

    Experience the stunning landscapes of Arenal with its forests and waterfalls. For thrill-seekers on a vacation in Costa Rica, zip-lining and white-water rafting add adventure. Whether a family vacation in Costa Rica or a solo journey, Scott Dunn's experts will craft a memorable itinerary showcasing the very best experiences.

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

    Costa Rica’s cuisine is a flavorful blend of fresh, local ingredients. Typical Costa Rican dishes include Gallo Pinto (a traditional rice and beans breakfast) and Casado (a hearty plate of meat, salad, plantains, and sides). Whether dining in luxury or local eateries, you'll experience a taste of the rich culinary culture that characterizes a Costa Rica vacation. Expect a variety of fruits, vegetables, and seafood, reflecting the country's abundant natural resources and culinary traditions.

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

    We recommend private transfers, car rentals, and domestic flights as the best ways to travel around during your trip. Private transfers provide comfort and convenience, ideal for seamless journeys between your various destinations. For those desiring flexibility, car rentals allow personalized exploration of Costa Rica's diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests to pristine beaches. Additionally, domestic flights are a swift and efficient way to traverse longer distances, connecting you quickly between different regions. These options ensure a luxurious, personalized, and hassle-free travel experience across this enchanting country.

  • Do you offer luxury family vacations to Costa Rica?

    Yes, we certainly offer luxury family vacations to Costa Rica. Our tailored travel experiences ensure that every family member enjoys the trip to the fullest. We provide access to the finest hotels in Costa Rica, each selected for its family-friendly amenities and services. Additionally, we have a comprehensive family guide that helps in choosing activities and destinations perfect for a family vacation in Costa Rica. Whether adventure-filled excursions or relaxing beach days, our bespoke itineraries cater to all ages, making your trip truly unforgettable.

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

    Yes, we can certainly plan a luxury Costa Rica vacation for your honeymoon. Costa Rica offers a perfect blend of romance, adventure, and luxury, making it an ideal honeymoon destination. You can choose from a variety of hotels, each providing unique experiences from secluded beachfront stays to rainforest retreats. Enjoy private dinners, spa treatments, and exclusive tours, all tailored to make your honeymoon memorable. Whether relaxing on pristine beaches or embarking on adventurous excursions, a honeymoon in Costa Rica promises a memorable and luxurious start to your married life.

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

    The best destinations for a beach vacation in Costa Rica include several idyllic locations. The Caribbean coast's Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero are perfect for those seeking a tranquil beach experience, with opportunities for surfing and wildlife observation. On the Pacific side, the Nicoya Peninsula stands out with its stunning beaches and surf spots. For a touch of luxury, the hotels along the Peninsula Papagayo provide exclusive beach access and upscale amenities.

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

    Yes! We recommend two hotels if you’re looking for an adult-only Costa Rica vacation. Kura Design Villas has individual villas, each with their own glass front, nestled amidst lush greenery, offering expansive 180-degree views of both the ocean and the rainforest. Nayara Springs has tranquil creeks, a tropical rainforest, and natural hot springs, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Arenal Volcano.

  • How long are your Costa Rica tours?

    While we can craft an itinerary for any length you wish, we typically offer tours ranging from 10 to 15 days.

  • Where do your Costa Rica vacations fly from?

    Our Costa Rica vacations typically fly from major international airports across the United States. Popular departure cities in the U.S. include Miami, Los Angeles, New York City, Dallas, and Chicago. These flights head to key airports in Costa Rica, such as Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia. The departure point for your trip will depend on your location and flight availability, ensuring convenient travel options.

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Celebrate embarking on a new and exciting chapter of your lives together with an out-of-the-ordinary luxury honeymoon in Costa Rica.

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