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Costa Rica Holiday

Climb a volcano, go bird watching, or just sit back and relax at beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Costa Rica enjoys a staggering diversity of ecosystems, some of the world’s best beaches, and good weather year-round. It has coastlines on two major oceans, active volcanoes and five different types of forest. It has been a hot spot for eco- and adventure tourism for decades. 

Costa Rica is in Central America, sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama, but has managed to escape much of the political turmoil of the region. It has a strong environmental track record with nearly 25 percent of the country set aside as national parks or conservation areas.

Hike up an active volcano, find pristine lagoons, and see all kinds of exotic flora and fauna. Adventurers can go mountain bike riding, zip-lining, and white water rafting. Nature lovers will feel right at home in Costa Rica, with several distinct topographical regions and highly varied weather patterns yielding a biodiversity found in few other places on the planet. 

Visit many different types of forest, including cloud forests, which have frequent low-level cloud cover, and rain forests, known for high rainfall and moist vegetation. Spot monkeys, sloths and any of the several hundred species of birds and reptiles that live in the area.

Hit the beach to relax in the sun or go for a surf. You’ll find a laid-back atmosphere at Montezuma, fine-dining restaurants at Tamarindo, and oceanfront night clubs, bars and restaurants in Jaco and Dominical. San José, the capital city, is more developed and urban. Surfers should paddle out into the waters of the Central Pacific Coast and Guanacaste. Take a trip over to the country’s Caribbean side to find secluded and seemingly untouched beaches. You’ll see where the forest meets the sand and get the chance to see all kinds of animals. 

The name Costa Rica translates as Rich Coast. As one of the greenest, safest and most-relaxed destinations in Central America, it lives up to its name.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in Costa Rica?

A: Take your holiday to the next level with a rental car. Whether you're exploring the delights of San Jose or venturing out into the wider Heredia area, having a car gives you the freedom to do your holiday your way. Limon and and its surrounding region are also best seen from behind the wheel. So what are you waiting for? Have a look at our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Costa Rica and see if anything catches your eye.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to Costa Rica?

A: You've got a couple of options. Whichever of these leading international airports you fly in to in Costa Rica, you're sure to receive a warm welcome when you get off the plane:

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.): 1,692 international flights per month.
  • Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.): 449 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Costa Rica?

A: You're spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in Costa Rica. The most popular places are hotels. But if that doesn't suit, you can also choose from condos, private holiday homes, apartments and much more.

Q: What does a Costa Rica holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Flights, wheels and somewhere to lay your head at night — we have you covered. All you need to do is figure out what combination of these you'd like. With Expedia, you can customize your holiday to Costa Rica how you like it, with loads of attractions and experiences as well.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Costa Rica?

A: You'll be rewarded when you lock in a Costa Rica holiday package with a little help from Expedia. Bundle your Flights, Hotels and more and enjoy terrific discounts, like up to 42% off selected properties. You'll soon be looking at your dream holiday with a price tag that'll knock your socks off.

Q: What are the best things to do in Costa Rica?

A: If you're planning time in San Jose, your itinerary won't be complete if it's missing La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Parque Nacional and Museum of Costa Rican Art.




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Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive NZ$288
Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2020
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Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive

Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive

El Roble 23, Barranca, Puntarenas
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent staff..great food,comfy rooms overall recommended

    Hotel Luisiana NZ$51
    Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020
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    Hotel Luisiana

    Hotel Luisiana

    100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana, San Jose
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Great Hotel for extended stays for people like us that live in Guanacaste but come to the city on business often. Yency is fantastic and helpful at the front desk, especially during this difficult time of COVID and country wide restrictions. The hotel is very clean and the property is very secure. ...

      Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive
      Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020
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      Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

      Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

      Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
         
        3.9 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Loved almost everything except the quality of the house alcohol in the Riu

        Hyatt Place San José/Pinares
        Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020
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        Hyatt Place San José/Pinares

        Hyatt Place San José/Pinares

           
          4.6 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice property in a cool location. Roberth at the front desk greeted me with a smile and remembered my name every time I passed by. I was impressed.

          Studio Hotel Boutique NZ$140
          Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2020
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          Studio Hotel Boutique

          Studio Hotel Boutique

          50 meters North of the Red Cross, Santa Ana, San Jose
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Absolutely beautiful place, clean, professional and comfortable rooms! Highly recommend.

            Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo NZ$171
            Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2020
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            Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo

            Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo

            Flamingo Beach, Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste
               
              4.3 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very friendly. This hotel is on a beautiful beach

              Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
              Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020
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              Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

              Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

              Playa Matapalo- Sardinal, Carrillo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Beautiful property..loved everything about it. We are vegetarians so had some difficulties finding different options but they are there if you don’t mind eating same thing. Drinks were always the best part. Rooms were awesome but AC is not cool enough. Sink get blocked very quickly but they were ...

                Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt
                Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020
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                Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt

                Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt

                Peninsula Papagayo, Papagayo, Guanacaste
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful and clean. And everything was very sustainably made. Also, I loved that there was a lot of filtered water available and easy to find on the property.

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