Sandwiched between the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean and the azure waters of the Caribbean, Costa Rica is home to some of the most pristine and vibrant ecosystems in the world. A luxury holiday here promises dazzling wildlife, thrilling adventures, lush rainforests, sublime beaches and a wealth of luxurious, eco-friendly accommodation.
The Central Valley forms the country’s heart, rich in coffee plantations with a volcanic spine of imposing active volcanoes fuelling natural hot springs. Along the coast, virgin rainforest and misty cloud forests teeming with flora and fauna reach towards the unspoilt beaches that line the coast.
With over 20 national parks and progressive conservation policies, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream, with over half the country’s species found in the magical Osa Peninsula. Rarely seen pumas and jaguars prowl the forests, while sloths, tapirs, ocelots, anteaters and caiman live along the waterways with a myriad of colourful frogs. Endangered green turtles lay their eggs along the coast while whales and dolphins breach offshore, and the trees are filled with a kaleidoscopic array of bird life./p>
Costa Rica is also a magnet for thrillseekers, with a multitude of outdoor activities on offer. Hike or mountain bike through the rainforest, climb active volcanoes, surf along the Nicoya Peninsula, raft or kayak on rivers or waterways, or scale the jungle rooftops on a canopy tour. For something more gentle, bathe in hot volcanic springs, snorkel or dive on the Caribbean coast, or enjoy a lazy day on a tropical beach.