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The vast region of Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica's most ecologically diverse and exuberant natural habitats. The region buzzes, chirps and hums with the sound of unique and extraordinary wildlife. Dramatic volcanoes, rainforest reserves and colourful national parks make this region a 'must-visit' for anyone wanting to enjoy Costa Rica's world-renowned flora and fauna.

Go bird watching at Palo Verde National Park, see turtles nesting and hatching on the beach at Playa Grande and bathe in the thermal springs at the Cacao Volcano. If you're in the mood for more of an adventure, snorkel or scuba dive in the brilliant blue Caribbean sea.

Mingle with the local cowboys (known as sabaneros) or go horseback riding, hiking or mountain bike riding under the rainforest canopy. For an unforgettable holiday adventure, take a tour of the forest canopy or explore the rainforest from the comfort of a boat.

Culture vultures and fun loving couples are enthralled by the charm of the capital city of San Jose and its quaint museums and architecture. It's as close as Costa Rica gets to the modern world and possesses its fair share of bohemian charm. It's a great destination for a short stopover as part of a larger twin-centre Costa Rica beach adventure.

If you've every wondered what it's like to get up close to an active volcano, Arenal should be on your list. Watch glowing red lava and steamy eruptions from a safe distance on any night of the week, or spend the daytimes exploring the surrounding area, including the breathtaking La Fortuna Waterfall and Venado Caves.

Costa Rica is small enough to explore extensively, even on shorter trips. Speak to our experts to tailor your trip and take in as much of this scintillating central American paradise as possible. With a multi-centre holiday, you can comfortably sample all the different sides of Costa Rica. Alternatively, one of our Costa Rica tours will make sure you don't miss any of the highlights during a single visit.

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Nature up close

The tropical Guanacaste region has abundant plant and animal life to give your trip a really exotic edge. Watch the playful monkeys cavorting in the canopy. Be inspired by the iridescent colours of the forest, bird and amphibian life. Or marvel at the incredible sound of the rainforest as it comes alive at night.

Eco-luxury

One of the 'greenest' countries on earth in more ways than one, Costa Rica certainly caters for luxury seekers with an eco-streak. Some of the world's best luxury eco-lodges can be found nestled beside the pristine sands of the Pacific coast.

Culture and heritage

The capital, San Jose, is a beautifully preserved example of Central American architecture. El Teatro Nacional was built back in 1890 to emulate the Paris Opera and the huge Mercado Central still serves the city as a working market. San Jose is a traditional, colourful city by day and by night it comes alive with the sound of music at the bars and clubs found in the "El Pueblo" area, the city's hottest nightspot.

Adventure

Go on a tour that takes you through the rainforest canopy or glide past it on a zip line descent. Pony trek through dense vegetation or go on a floating safari along the Penas Blancas River in search of the legendary jaguar. Unleash your inner Tarzan or Jane as you go on your very own jungle adventure.

Beaches

With over 300 to choose from, Costa Rica's beaches offer choice and contrast. Beaches on the Pacific side are the most popular and boast top facilities, luxury resorts and hotels, as well as great watersports and stunning views. Beaches on the Caribbean side are more peaceful and un-crowded but receive more rain and offer fewer facilities. They are ideal for those looking for a secluded beach holiday off the beaten track. Choose from Playa Herradura, Quepos and Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast and don't miss the Tortuguero beach on the Caribbean side, home to nesting turtles between April and May.

Relaxation

With miles of deserted beaches to explore, powdery soft sands and beautiful warm water in which to take a dip, Costa Rica's Caribbean coast takes some beating as a relaxation spot. If you fancy visiting some rural towns and discover beaches off the beaten track, the Caribbean coast will be a paradise for you. The locals are warm and welcoming and have a laid back attitude to life that's hard to resist.

If more than one of these places ticks your boxes, why not ask us to build you your own Costa Rican holiday experience. Create a trip that you won't find anywhere else complete with all the little extras that transform a good holiday into a great one.

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Places of interest in Costa Rica

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

Choose from our selection of handpicked places and be based right at the place that's most ideal for you and your travelling party

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