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This small, breathtakingly beautiful country is a laid-back and peaceful democratic republic (there is no army), without much of an indigenous culture or colonial heritage but exuding a warm, authentic Latin personality.

Costa Rica is a treasure trove for the nature-lover. Separating the lowlands facing the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean is a range of active and dormant volcanoes surrounded by mountain cloud forest, lowland tropical jungle and savannah grasslands. Plantations of its world famous coffee blanket the sunny slopes, while trees laden with orchids are home to quetzals, trogons and hummingbirds.

On the Pacific coast, the jungle creeps down to the shoreline, enlivened by the chattering of monkeys and parrots; the Caribbean shore hosts volcanic beaches and palm-sheltered coves lapped by a turquoise sea.

There is a well-developed, slick and sustainable network of national parks covering much of the national territory and road travel is always scenic. There are many light aircraft services to reach the remoter spots.

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Time difference

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Key events

International Arts Festival
Monteverde Music Festival

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Our insider tips for Costa Rica

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Observing green turtles laying their eggs by moonlight (July-October) on the beach at Caribbean Tortuguero. Or the leatherback turtles nesting from April-June.

Margot Chard

Spotting a quetzal, Costa Rica’s dashing national bird, in the avian powerhouse of the misty cloud forest at Monteverde.


Lina Fuller

Gazing down into a steaming crater, the bubbly cauldron of volcano Poás2,704m above sea level, just 40km from San José.
Annerys Hockley

Annerys Hockley

Walking the 3km trail of Hanging Bridges close to Arenal volcano. You’re up in the canopy, sometimes as much as 22m above ground level, eyeballing tropical birds or gazing down at the luxuriant foliage beneath your feet. 

What our experts say

Costa Rica is famous for its exotic national parks, rich wildlife and the slick professionalism of its tourist infrastructure. But for me, the most fun I have had there was when I took a hire car to explore this small and accessible country.  It’s a bit of an adventure as most of the roads, even the major routes, are single lane, many of them are unpaved and twist and turn as they climb through mountainous cloud forest or along the palm-shaded coastline. You might get stuck in the mud in the wet season, but this is just another chance to take photos and renew your Top Gear credentials...


Paul Winrow-Giffin

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