Discover the meaning of Pura Vida in a country adored by explorers, thrill seekers and nature lovers alike

Costa Rica has long been renowned as a compact, modern and politically stable country, but that's not what is attracting record numbers of visitors to its shores. With both a Pacific and a Caribbean coastline and a verdant and volcanic interior, planning a trip here involves the difficult task of selecting, from a very long list, which unforgettable experiences you simply cannot miss. Picture yourself seeing baby Green Sea turtles take their first steps in Tortuguero, hiking past sloths in Corcovado or looking out over the fiery surface of the active Poás Volcano. Imagine getting a birds-eye view as you zip line through a cloud forest canopy or checking in at one of the country's famed luxury eco-lodges, surrounded by tropical jungle. Travellers are visiting from all corners of the globe, and with new direct BA flights from London, its never been easier to experience Costa Rica for yourself.

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Language: Spanish - Capital: San Jose - Time Difference: GMT -8 Hours - Flying time from UK: 10H 55M non-stop - Currency: Colón

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Manuel Antonio by scolussi - licensed under CC

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular destinations, due to its combination of tropical rainforest and sandy beaches.

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Osa Peninsula & Corcovado

Covered by pristine primary lowland tropical rainforest, the Osa Peninsula is renowned for its biodiversity & endemic wil…

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canopy bridge in Monteverde, about 200 feet up by Fran Devinney - licensed under CC

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Monteverde boasts a huge degree of biodiversity, with hundreds of species of migrating and endemic birds, including the f…

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Arenal National Park

Considered as "the place to see", Arenal National Park is well-known for its volcanoes, its lake and abundant wildlife.

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Guanacaste

Located in the northwest on the Pacific Ocean, Guanacaste is known for its warm climate, incredible bird watching, and ex…

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero is an area of lowland wet tropical forest and mangroves, famous for being the principal nesting site for vario…

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Playa Esterillos

Playa Esterillos is a wide sandy beach located in a secluded part of Costa Rica's pacific coast.

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Jurassic Cataracts by Steve Jurvetson - licensed under CC

Bajos del Toro

Bajos del Toro is a small village nestled in the lush, forest covered mountains north of San Jose.

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San Jose, Costa Rica by Nelson de Witt - licensed under CC

San Jose

San Jose lies amidst the central mountains, dividing the country between its Pacific, Caribbean coasts and its lowlands.

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Alajuela

Alajuela is Costa Rica's second biggest city and an excellent base from which to visit the nearby Poas Volcano National P…

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