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Visit Tortuguero National Park

A spectacular wilderness of rainforest, beaches and lagoons, Tortuguero National Park is filled with incredible wildlife. We’ll take you through the canals on a river boat to spot caimans, howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, crocodiles and scores of bird species, plus endangered ocelots, river otters, manatees and six species of sea turtles.

View Arenal Volcano

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, rising to 1,670 metres over the lush rainforest, Arenal Volcano is a magnificent sight. Our Costa Rica vacations will take you up close to the volcano, from guided treks through old lava rocks, to ziplining on the slopes of the volcano.

Indulge in gourmet chocolate from the best cacao beans

Dive into Culture with Trafalgar, as we journey to San Isidro de Heredia, where you’ll meet master chocolatiers, Julio Fernandez and George Soriana. You’ll learn about the history and production of chocolate in their workshop, and sample some of the sweet delicacies made from the world’s best cacao beans.

Have Costa Rican lunch at a traditional working ranch

When you visit Costa Rica with Trafalgar, we’ll meet the people behind the country. Join Don Alberto and Doña Ana Quintana for a traditional Costa Rican lunch at their eco-friendly Hacienda Pozo Azul, a 2000-acre working ranch. You’ll learn about classic Costa Rican cuisine and life on a working farm.

Spot wildlife at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Take to the sky in Monteverde Cloud Forest, where you’ll join your Local Specialist for a walk through the rainforest along the treetop Sky Walk bridges. The forest is home to a staggering abundance of wildlife, with around 2.5 percent of the world’s species, including jaguar, puma, tapri, coatis, toucans and hummingbirds.

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From hiking up volcanoes to walking through treetops, our Costa Rica guided holidays take you to the heart of the country in ways you could never imagine.

Museo de Jade

Founded in 1977 by Fidel Castro, the Museo del Jade is an archaeological museum with a massive collection of pre-Columbian items. Located in San José, you can discover the world’s largest collection of American jade, along with ceramics, stone tables and ceremonial heads.

Museum of Costa Rican Art

With more than six thousand pieces of art, the Museum of Costa Rican Art holds one of the world’s largest collections of Latin American art. You’ll find pieces from artists like José Sancho and Max Jiménez, with paintings, sculptures and pieces dating back to the early 19th century.

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

The National Museum of Costa Rica is set in the Bellavista Fortress, built in 1917 with bullets still lodged in the exterior walls from the country’s civil war. The building became a museum in 1950, and today has an excellent collection of colonial furniture and pre-Columbian artefacts like ceramics and stone tables.

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Our Costa Rica tour packages delve deeper into the history and culture of Costa Rica through their wonderful museums.

The tamale is a quintessential Costa Rican dish, made from dough filled with a mix of meat (like chicken or beef), corn flour and broth. The tamales are then wrapped in banana or plantain leaves, and although they are traditionally enjoyed at Christmas, our Local Specialists will show you where to taste tamales all year round.

Gallo Pinto

A beloved dish of rice and beans, Gallo Pinto is the pride of Costa Rica. The name translates as ‘spotted rooster’ and the local saying ‘mas tico que el gallo pinto’ means ‘more Costa Rican than spotted rooster’. It’s usually eaten at breakfast, but can be enjoyed throughout the day.

A classic staple of Costa Rican cuisine, casado is a dish of rice, black beans, salad, plantains and a tortilla, with an optional serving of meat like beef, pork, chicken or fish. The dish comes in many variations with added flavors like corn, eggs and avocado, and you can mix and match as you please.

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Full of fruits, vegetables, rice and beans, Costa Rican food is fresh and filling, and we’ll show you all the best places to taste the country’s most-loved dishes.

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Spanish phrasebook

Learning a few Spanish phrases is highly appreciated and will make it easier to connect with the locals. The first Costa Rican saying to learn is ‘pura vida, mae!’

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No matter where you go, it can rain at any time in Costa Rica. Pack a waterproof jacket and keep it in your day bag on your daily adventures.

Mosquito repellent

Costa Rica has plenty of mosquitoes, so to avoid any nasty bites from mosquitoes or other insects, bring a strong repellent with DEET (diethyltoluamide) and apply it regularly.

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In Costa Rica, the standard voltage is 120 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard frequency is 60 Hz.

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Protect yourself from the harsh sun with SPF 30 or higher and protect the environment with reef-safe sunscreen. It’s recommended to bring your own, as sunscreen is expensive in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica has a genuine claim to fame as birthplace of both the jungle canopy zipline (invented by U.S. biology student Donald Perry in 1979 at Finca La Selva) and the jungle canopy zipline tour (invented by Canadian entrepreneur Darren Hreniuk in 1997 in Monteverde). From these modest beginnings, ziplining exploded worldwide into one of the most popular forms of extreme adventure there is.

It’s a simple concept: String a cable from a high place to a low, clip some weight to it, and watch what happens. You never know what the weather will be like, but you can always count on gravity.

For its size, Costa Rica has a staggering number of canopy tours. The designers of these courses became geniuses at stringing together multiple trees and platforms over broad valleys and rivers, giving guests the heart-fluttering sensation of flying, often at alarming speeds. Many tours include terrifying “Tarzan swings,” face-down “Superman flights,” controlled rappels, scary suspended bridges, and sometimes rock climbing.

For most tours, expect to pay somewhere between $40 and $160.

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The 20 Best Costa Rica Tours

Dive into this natural paradise on these exceptional excursions.

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Costa Rica tours largely focus on the country's unique flora and fauna.

While known for its vast species of wildlife, lush rainforests and gorgeous waterfalls, Costa Rica can be difficult to navigate when you're not a local due to its rough roads and dispersed attractions and activities . Opting for a guided tour may be a simpler option that yields a richer experience. To help, U.S. News compiled this list of the top tours based on traveler opinion and expert input. Whether you want to experience Costa Rica's wild side while zip lining or indulge in its famous chocolate, you'll find an excursion on this list that suits your needs.

Adventure Tours Costa Rica – Tour de la Paz

Price: From $35 per passenger to $95 per driver Duration: 3 hours

Discover Costa Rica's rainforests, waterfalls and beaches on this three-hour ATV excursion that begins and ends in Jacó . Along the way, you'll make several stops for photos and even have the chance to jump off of a waterfall. Tour-takers enjoy the knowledgeable guides and amazing scenery. They also recommend bringing plenty of water with you.

Tours operate several times each day between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost $95 per ATV driver and $35 for each passenger. Drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver's license. No open-toed shoes are allowed. The company recommends bringing bug spray, sunscreen and a swimsuit. ATV Adventure Tours offers a wide variety of tours, including kayaking, rappelling and horseback riding.

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El Santuario Canopy Adventure Tour

Price: From $80 Duration: 4.5 hours

Sail across a nearly mile-long zip line near Manuel Antonio National Park while enjoying breathtaking views on this 4.5-hour trip. During the tour, you'll ride 10 zip lines in total, cross hanging bridges and walk nature trails. The excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your Manuel Antonio or Quepos hotel , lunch and all safety equipment. Travelers say they feel safe during the whole trip and that the zip lines are awesome. Many add that the included lunch is tasty.

Tickets cost approximately $80 per person and participants must be at least 4 years old. Those who are pregnant are not allowed to go zip lining. Tours run daily at 8 and 11 a.m., and there may also be a 2 p.m. tour available in select months.

Costa Rica Eco Journeys – Rainforest and Waterfall Experience

Price: Prices vary Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

See a waterfall, enjoy a 1-hour, 45-minute hike through a rainforest and spot sloths in the wild on this ecotour. Lunch is included in the excursion, and the company recommends bringing sunscreen, bug spray, a poncho and hiking shoes. Reviewers say that guides are knowledgeable and that the rainforest is a hidden gem.

You must contact the company to get the best price and to select your tour date. This company offers a variety of tours, including zip lining, rafting and nature tours.

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Costa Rica Waterfall Tours – The Explorer Tour

Price: From $79 Duration: 4 hours

On the Explorer Tour, you'll be driven up a mountain in a four-wheel-drive vehicle before hiking through the company's private rainforest reserve along a river, across bridges and to natural pools and waterfalls. Along the trek, there will be opportunities to swim, sit under the rushing water and jump from the top of the falls. Tours are limited to 12 people and last about four hours. Patrons say this tour is a must-do. They appreciate not only swimming in the waterfalls, but also the informative guides who point out local flora and fauna. Be sure to bring water, a swimsuit and shoes that can get wet.

Tickets cost $79 per person, and tours are available daily at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. The company also offers ocean-based excursions and explorations through Costa Rica's canyons, among other options.

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Desafio Adventure Co. - Rafting Class 2-3 Balsa River

Price: From $75 Duration: 5 hours

Participants highly recommend this waterlogged adventure, praising the guides, delicious food and the scenery. This five-hour adventure begins with pick up from your accommodations to drive you to Desafio's private put-in on the Balsa River. You'll paddle for 6 miles down the river and experience mild Class II and III rapids (which are ideal for first-timers and children). After the rapids, you'll get a buffet lunch.

Trips depart daily at 10:30 a.m.; Desafio recommends participants be between the ages of 10 and 65. Also know that sturdy, secure shoes are required (no flip-flops). Tickets cost about $75 per person. The company runs a myriad of adventurous outings, including rafting in stronger rapids and canyoning.

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Green Vacations Costa Rica – Nature Lover Combo 1

Price: Adults from about $163; kids from $122 Duration: 9 hours

Ideal for those looking to explore the wild side of Costa Rica, this nine-hour tour lets participants experience three of the top outdoor excursions in the nation. Cross 15 hanging bridges (perfect vantage points for spotting wildlife), climb up and down a waterfall, and take a hike that offers stunning views of the Arenal Volcano . Reviewers recommend this tour and say they enjoy spotting wildlife. They advise bringing water shoes for the challenging stairs by the waterfall.

Tickets cost $162.70 for adults and $122 for children ages 5 to 9; infants can participate for free. Tickets include pickup and drop off from La Fortuna, as well as admission fees and lunch. Tours run at 7 a.m. daily. Green Vacations Costa Rica offers many tours, including chocolate tours, a night walk and a volcano hike.

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Learn how cocoa is harvested and made into chocolate during the Rainforest Chocolate Tour.

Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Price: Adults from $30; kids from $21 Duration: 2 hours

Satisfy your sweet tooth and learn all about chocolate, including its history, its origins and the production process on the two-hour Rainforest Chocolate Tour. You'll also learn about the ceremonial chocolate drink of the Mayans and of course, enjoy a sample of organic chocolate. Chocolate lovers say they learn a lot about chocolate on this tour and enjoy tasting the various samples.

Tours, which take place in La Fortuna, are available at 8 and 10 a.m., as well as 1 and 3 p.m.; reservations are required. Tickets start at $30 for adults, $24 for students and $21 for children. All ages are welcome.

Native's Way Costa Rica – Guachipelin Adventure Combo

Price: Adults from $138; kids from $118

Duration: 12 hours

Ideal for travelers who want to experience the adventurous pursuits Costa Rica is known for, including zip lining and river tubing, this daylong tour is a hit with reviewers. Along with a variety of heart-pumping activities, the tour also includes a buffet lunch, a volcanic mud bath and a dip in hot springs. Tour-takers say they feel safe and that guides are helpful. They also appreciate the stop at the hot springs as the tour's finale.

Tickets start at $138 per adult and $118 for children ages 8 to 11. Tours include pickup and drop-off at your hotel; you'll be picked up between 6 and 7:30 a.m., depending on your hotel's location. If you choose to drive yourself to the location, you'll pay a discounted rate of $105 per adult and $99 for children ages 8 to 11. Native's Way Costa Rica operates a variety of other tours, including excursions to the Monte Verde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve , fishing, scuba diving and more.

WAVE Rafting – White Water Rafting Class II and III

Price: Adults from $78; kids from about $70 Duration: 6 hours

Families will appreciate this rafting experience on the Balsa River that takes travelers through mild Class II and Class III rapids. Ideal for participants ages 8 and older, the trip takes travelers out on the water for 1.5 to two hours. A break filled with fruit and swimming opportunities allows you to take a better look at the surrounding flora and fauna. After rafting, enjoy lunch at a country estate. Participants rave about their experienced guides and say the trip is perfect for novice rafters.

Tours are available daily at 10:30 a.m. and last about six hours total, not including pickup and drop off at area hotels. Tickets start at $78 for adults and $70.20 for children ages 8 to 12. In addition to whitewater rafting, WAVE Rafting also offers river float trips and tours that combine a variety of activities, including horseback riding and hiking.

Pure Trek Canyoning – Canyoning Tour

Price: From $105 Duration: 5 hours

Rappel and rock climb in a waterfall canyon that's filled with wildlife on this thrilling half-day tour near La Fortuna. Depending on the time of day, participants enjoy a traditional lunch either before or after their tour. Families say this tour is great for kids, that they feel safe and highly recommend the "monkey drop" portion (rappelling to the canyon floor).

Tickets cost approximately $105 per person; children must be at least 5 years old to participate. There is a morning tour with pickups starting at 7 a.m. and an afternoon tour with pickups starting at noon. This tour is also available as a private excursion. The company also offers whitewater trips combined with zip line tours, among other options.

Arenal Mundo Aventura – Big Ama

Price: Adults from $71; kids from $54 Duration: 3 hours

Fly high above La Fortuna waterfall via zip line on this three-hour adrenaline-fueled excursion. You'll also sail along a 12 zip lines leading you through canyons and whizzing over treetops. Participants say the views are amazing and that they feel very safe throughout.

Tickets start at $71 for adults and $54 for children ages 7 to 12. Kids must be at least 3 feet, 10 inches tall and weigh 55 pounds. Tours operate at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There is a minimum of two people required to book the tour, and transportation is included for some area locations. Arenal Mundo Aventura hosts a variety of zip lining, hiking, rappelling and horseback riding tours.

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Barrio Bird Walking Tours will take you through San Jose to discover spots frequented by locals.

Barrio Bird Walking Tours – The Bird's Nest

Price: Adults from $35; kids from $10 Duration: 2 hours

See the highlights of San José on this two-hour small group tour that's limited to just eight participants. There are more than 40 stops along the 2-mile walk, including major attractions like the National Theatre of Costa Rica, the Metropolitan Cathedral of San José and art galleries, as well as secret spots favorited by guides. Guides also share insight about the daily life of locals and issues currently affecting the country. Tour-takers say they learn a lot about the "real" San José thanks to the terrific guides.

Tickets start at $35 for adults, $20 for students and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tours are available daily, starting at 10:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Barrio Bird also offers other tours focused on food and art, among other options.

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Callidryas Tours – Sloth Tour

Price: Adults from $60; kids from $30 Duration: 3 hours

Discover sloths in their natural habitat on this three-hour walking and driving excursion. A naturalist guide will lead you on a mission to find as many sloths as possible; the company even guarantees you will see wild sloths. In addition to the tour's namesake, you could also see toucans, frogs, iguanas and monkeys. Participants rave about the number of sloths spotted on the tour and praise the guides.

Tickets cost approximately $60 for adults and $30 for children 11 and younger; transportation and snacks are included. Tours begin at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Callidryas Tours also operates an Arenal Volcano hike, as well as a frog-watching night walk and various other hikes.

Intrepid Urban Adventures – San José Bites and Sights Tour

Price: From $38 Duration: 3 hours

Discover San José with a local on this tour from Intrepid Urban Adventures, which focuses on traditional cuisine, drinks and coffee while wandering through several of the city's markets. Foodies say they learn a lot about Costa Rican foods and that their guides are personable.

Tickets cost approximately $38 per person for participants ages 6 and older. The three-hour tours, which are limited to 12 people, start at 8:30 a.m. and are available Friday, Saturday and Monday. Urban Adventures also offers a nighttime food and culture tour.

Horse Trek Monteverde – Mountain and Farm View Costa Rica Horseback Ride

Price: From $49 Duration: 2.5 hours

During this 2.5-hour horseback ride, you'll traverse through rural villages; banana, sugar and coffee plantations, and along the cloud forest with fantastic views and bird sightings along the way. Those who have limited experience riding horses say they feel comfortable on this ride and praise the guide's passion for horses.

Tickets cost approximately $49 per person, and children must be at least 6 years old to participate. The maximum weight to ride is 200 pounds. Rides are available in both the morning and afternoon, with pickups from Monteverde-area accommodations at 8:30 a.m. and between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Horse Trek Monteverde offers a variety of horseback riding tours in different settings.

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Manuel Antonio National Park is home to many different species of wildlife.

Costa Rica Jade Tours – Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Group Tour

Price: Adults from $59; kids from $43 Duration: 3 hours

Discover the diverse flora and fauna of Manuel Antonio National Park, including its beaches, coral reefs and rainforest, with an in-the-know local by your side. During the three-hour trip, guides share the park's history and information about the park's inhabitants, including monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans and more. Reviewers say guides are incredibly knowledgeable and that they see lots of wildlife on the tour.

Tickets, which include round-trip transportation from Quepos City, cost approximately $59 for adults and $43 for children ages 2 to 12. Tours, which have a maximum of 10 participants, start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. The company also operates tours all throughout the country, including Jacó, Arenal Volcano and Guanacaste , among other locales.

Don Olivo Chocolate Tour

Price: Adults from $25; kids from $15 Duration: 2 hours

Explore a cacao tree farm, sample handcrafted chocolate and hot chocolate, as well as fresh fruit grown on the farm on the approximately two-hour Don Olivo Chocolate Tour. Participants will also learn about cacao trees, plants and seeds and how they are made into chocolate. Tourgoers find the experience interesting and say there is a lot more to see, learn and sample on the tour than just chocolate.

The tour costs $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12. Tours are available daily at 8 and 10 a.m. as well as 1 and 3 p.m.; participants should reserve their spots in advance by contacting the company online.

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Sunset Sails Tours

Price: Prices may vary Duration: 4 hours

Sail along the Manuel Antonio coast on this four-hour cruise past area islands and Manuel Antonio National Park, spotting dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays and (possibly) whales along the way. You'll also have the opportunity to snorkel and enjoy a gourmet meal on board. Throughout the trip, guides share information about marine life. Reviewers say that the crew is personable, the boat clean and comfortable, and the food excellent.

Tours start at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The afternoon tour is only available from December through mid-April. Travelers will have to contact the company for pricing and to schedule. A $20 deposit per person is required. Tickets include transportation from hotels in Quepos and Manuel Antonio, snorkeling gear, a meal and snacks.

Lazy Lizard Sailing – Tropical Sunset Tour

Price: Adults from $90; kids from $70 Duration: 4 hours

Sail along the Costa Rican coast from the Guanacaste province aboard a catamaran with a stop for water activities like a guided snorkeling tour, kayaking or swimming in a secluded inlet on this four-hour cruise. Afterward, enjoy a picnic-style lunch and beautiful views of the sunset. Reviewers say the food served on board the cruise is delicious, and describe the sunset as stunning.

Tickets cost approximately $90 per adult and $70 for children 12 and younger. Tours are available at 2 p.m. daily; the company also offers private catamaran tours.

Bahia Aventuras – Hiking Corcovado National Park Day Tour

Price: Adults from $150; kids from $95 Duration: 8.5 hours

Travelers can explore the vast biodiversity of Corcovado National Park on this approximately 8.5-hour tour, which features a guided nature hike about two hours long. The adventure also includes a picnic lunch at San Josecito Beach. After lunch, tourgoers will have the option to take another hike or relax and swim at the beach. Tours depart from Punta Uvita beach and you'll get to Corcovado National Park via boat (you could spot dolphins, whales and turtles). Participants applaud the tour for the knowledgeable guides and variety of wildlife on view. They also recommend motion sickness medication for the boat ride.

Tickets cost $150 for adults and $95 for children ages 6 to 10, which includes entrance fees to the park. The tour is not recommended for children younger than 4 and people who are pregnant. Tours start at 7:30 a.m. and require a minimum of six people to embark. Bahia Aventuras offers a range of tours, including whale watching, snorkeling and sport fishing.

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Welcome to CRS Tours, your trusted travel agency specializing in unforgettable vacations and expert tour planning in Costa Rica since 1999.

Our team of dedicated professionals is here to design tailor-made vacations in Costa Rica that exceed your expectations. With our extensive knowledge of Costa Rica’s breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and vibrant culture, we will curate personalized itineraries that showcase the best of what this beautiful country has to offer. Experience the wonders of Costa Rica with CRS Tours and make your dream vacations in Costa Rica a reality.

Why choose CRS Tours? We go beyond the ordinary to create extraordinary travel experiences tailored just for you. From thrilling adventures to serene getaways, we curate a diverse range of tours that showcase the unique beauty and culture of Costa Rica.

With over 20 years of experience, we have established ourselves as trusted experts in the industry. As a fully licensed travel agency recognized by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT), we guarantee the highest standards of quality and value for our worldwide clientele.

Let us take you on a journey through Costa Rica’s verdant landscapes, from the sinuous coasts of the South Pacific to the warm plains of the Northern. Immerse yourself in the lush essence that climbs splendid mountains like the Cordillera de Talamanca, or discover the secrets of ancestral volcanoes such as Poás, Irazú, or Turrialba.

Costa Rica’s natural landscapes are extraordinary, showcasing the power and energy of nature. With our extensive knowledge of the terrain, we offer unparalleled adventure tourism opportunities. Soar through the canopies of giant trees on exhilarating zip-line rides, navigate beautiful rivers surrounded by lush vegetation, or challenge yourself by climbing deep cliffs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, surfing in the Pacific or Caribbean, or any other thrilling pursuit, we ensure your experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

As you explore Costa Rica’s coasts, you’ll discover a wealth of stunning beaches. From the Gulf of Papagayo and Tamarindo in the North Pacific, ideal for family holidays, to the tranquil shores of Playa Blanca and Manuel Antonio , perfect for couples seeking a romantic escape. Explore ecotourism destinations like Dominical, Uvita, and Ballena, or bask in the crystal-clear waters of Cahuita, Puerto Viejo , and Gandoca on the Caribbean coast.

Natural protected areas cover 31% of Costa Rica’s national territory, preserving majestic primary and secondary forests, cloud forests like Monteverde and Santa Elena, and expansive rainforests such as Braulio Carrillo and Corcovado National Park. These diverse ecosystems provide a haven for remarkable biodiversity, including over 900 species of birds, 208 species of mammals, and a myriad of insects, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies.

At CRS Tours, we are committed to providing personalized travel plans that cater to your desired travel plans, needs, and special interests. Our dedicated team of travel experts is available to offer their insights and recommendations, ensuring your journey is tailored to create unforgettable memories. We are passionate about providing the best products, highest service standards, and the lowest possible prices. You deserve nothing less than an exceptional travel experience!

Join us in Costa Rica and experience the magic firsthand. Contact CRS Tours today to start planning your dream vacation!

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I hardly know where to start in describing how helpful CRS was during our week long trip to Costa Rica. First, they helped put together exactly the itinerary that I ask for. I expected that. What I did not expect is that they rescheduled an activity for me when our plane was 2 1/2 hours late in arriving, and cancelled another activity when it became clear that we could not make it. They were literally available 24 hours a day for emergencies and the customer service was superb. Most impressive was the help they gave in dealing with the car rental agency when we had a minor accident on a very rainy muddy road. They were able to negotiate insurance coverage when I could get nowhere with the rental agency. I can confidently say that CRS tours will have your back every step of the way in your Costa Rican vacation. Each and every agent with which I dealt put forth every effort to make me happy. If I could, I would give them more than 5 stars. I highly recommend CRS tours.

Our Traveler Planer Jimena Rodriguez from CRS tour help us for 12 days tour to San José, Arenal/Fortuna, Flamingo, Monteverde, Quepos/Manuel Antonio. We did not have any problem. everything went well. I recommend this tour company to others.

We booked the Romantic Adventure Tour from CRS tours for our honeymoon, and it was a wonderful and unforgettable experience. CRS gave us some great options for excursions and lodging – we enjoyed every place we stayed. We also tacked on an extra day in San Jose and signed up for a food tour. All of the excursions and tours were on time, very professional, and great experiences! They even had a rental car company meet us at our white water rafting exit with our rental car. Another couple recommended CRS tours to us, and I’m so glad they did. The prices were also better than other companies that I received quotes from. I would certainly recommend CRS Tours to anyone looking to travel in Costa Rica for the first time.

One of the BEST well organized adventures I’ve been on. CRS developed a trip to our specifications, staying at Eco friendly lodges/hotels and provided an opportunity to see the many diverse landscapes of the country. We drove 1500 kms over 23 days, with no issues. The car was great, good on gas, Wifi was awesome in the car using the WAZE app, the routes where well planned out,so we got to see SO MUCH of the country,from the Pacific Coast – to the Caribbean, inland to the volcano’s and up to the cloud forest and more.Each check in was flawless and everything was beyond our expectations. .Costa Rica is an outdoor paradise, with Birds, unbelievable beaches, stunning landscapes, unforgettable sunsets and sunrises, and the people are friendly and kind. This was a trip that will be remembered all thankx to the professionalism of CRS. THANK YOU!!!

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Essential Costa Rica - Package with Manuel Antonio National Park Tour

  • Active Adventure
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Hiking & Trekking

Essential Costa Rica - Package with Manuel Antonio National Park

"Costa Rica is filled with lush scenery and nature, great culture and good, and extremely friendly people. This was a fantastic trip, which I will treasure forever. This trip is right for you if you are a nature lover, like the outdoors, and are ready to be surprised by a sudden change of climate and weather! Also, if you are a single traveler, this may not be the most ideal itinerary, but locals are easy to talk to and you do meet new people along the way. A special thanks to Paola for her support prior and during the trip, and her thoughtful gestures. A trip I recommend!"

7 Day Best of Costa Rica Tour

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7 Day Best of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Adventure Tour

Costa Rica Adventure

"My Trutravels tour was so amazing! Lau is such a funny and wonderful person, i couldn‘t have a better guide on this tour. We stay in a home stay for one day, which was a very very nice experience. Also we visited the hot springs and had the chance to rafting through the costa rican rivers. We also were ziplining, rode horses and drive to Tortuga Island… Everything was very amazing because Lau is a perfect organizer"

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica National Geographic Journeys Tour

Natural Highlights of Costa Rica National Geographic Journeys

"Well organized and with a knowledgeable tour leader. We had a great time!"

Costa Rica Adventure Tour

"Mostly I like this trip. This trip helps to feel the deep culture of Costa Rica very far from civilization and popular places. But although some destinations are near the beaches, there is almost no time to swim. I liked more La Fortuna, this place is like paradise, very interesting, comfortable place with much activities and relaxation. 2 full days were amazing in La Fortuna, but I think it's necessary more time here. Bad things of the trip. Meals mostly is not included and its necessary for your own risk order in restaurants. Some hotels are very loudly, some loudly compressors works on the territory of hotels in San Jose (Dunn Inn) and La Fortuna (Las Colinas) , also during the night you should hear loudly motorbikes. One good exception is hotel in Puerto Viejo, Escape Caribeño . They feed the birds on the territory of hotel. So very much birds you can see and hear during of staying in hotel, very good place for relaxation after very intensive trip."

Classic Costa Rica Tour

Classic Costa Rica

"Amazing active tour visiting several rather different places in Costa Rica, especially in the outdoors, with great opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty and observe the endemic fauna and flora. There are plenty of opportunities to observe the fauna and flora during the walking or boat tours during the day or night. We did observe sloths, monkeys, a tapir, different frogs, snakes, exotic birds, etc. In our case it was not the season to observe turtles or whales. Personally I enjoyed very much the awesome (optional) activities like the white water rafting in La Fortuna, the tubing in Rio Celeste, zip line and hanging bridges in Monteverde, kayaking in the mangroves near Manuel Antonio or the boat trip and snorkeling around Manuel Antonio National Park. We also enjoyed plenty of hikes, like the amazing waterfalls in Rio Celeste and La Fortuna or Tenorio volcano. I'd like highlighting also the homestay day in Jaunilama where the lovely devoted women will make you feel like at home, while they explain you how they preserve their traditions and culture. You will have the opportunity to follow some cooking, dancing and Spanish lessons!! Finally I cannot forget mentioning that the group was very nice and friendly; thanks to our superb guide Gabo the tour did not only run without any problem, enjoying the planned activities, transfers and accommodation stays, but he also was the glue of the group. Thanks to Gabo we also enjoyed very much the time together,"

Costa Rica\'s Natural Wonders Tour

Costa Rica's Natural Wonders

"This tour covered alot of ground and really showed you the country. As a result, some of the bus trips were quite long and over very challenging roads. However, our guide Tayron made them pass much more easily. He was a fountain of local knowledge and shared about his own experiennces and family history. This added so much more personality to my trip. The hotels were clean and welcoming especially Cala Lodge in Monteverde. The only exception was Hotel Punta Leona. This property is very tired and was far too large to move around easily. The shuttles were inconsistent making moving luggage from your room a chore. The beaches made up for this weakness though. Playa Blance was paradise. Food at every location was plentiful and tasty. There were no bad meals and plenty of excursions included. For the price this was one exceptional trip. If you go, be patient and prepare to have lots of adventures."

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Costa Rica Experience Tour

Costa Rica Experience

"Nice country, very green, a bit too humid for my taste. Good itinary. Be careful, most of the activities are not included in the tour are you need to pay extra money for them. The guide was very nice and patient. The hotels were basic but quite all right. Costa-rican people are very nice."

Explore Costa Rica National Geographic Journeys Tour

Explore Costa Rica National Geographic Journeys

"Fabulous tour. Tour guide excellent. Costa Rica is the most amazing country."

Costa Rica: Ocean Waves & Sunsets Tour

Costa Rica: Ocean Waves & Sunsets

"amazing all the optionals were great"

Costa Rica Eco Adventure (End San Jose, 8 Days, Departure Transfer San Jose Airport Or Post Hotel) Tour

Costa Rica Eco Adventure (End San Jose, 8 Days, Departure Transfer San Jose Airport Or Post Hotel)

  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Costa Rica Eco Adventure (Guanacaste Beach, End Liberia, 10 Days) Tour

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Costa Rica Eco Adventure (Guanacaste Beach, End Liberia, 10 Days)

Raft, Hike and Explore Costa Rica Tour

Raft, Hike and Explore Costa Rica

"Great trip - well set up and organized. Transfers went smooth, plenty of activities, and overall great value. It exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed it."

Costa Rica Quest Tour

Costa Rica Quest

"Fabulous trip all thanks to Ramon! He took the extra time to show us the beautiful country of Costa Rica! From the amazing animals and breathtaking scenery to the fabulous food and wonderful local spots, he showed us the best time ever! Very accommodating and paid attention to all details! Made the travel stress free and memorable!"

Costa Rica Family Experience Tour

Costa Rica Family Experience

"Our first adventure trip with G Adventures is definitely a blast. We went to Costa Rica in December 2015 for 9 days, in a group of ~20 including 4 families. Our tour guide Jeff Young is outgoing, caring, knowledgeable about local activities and food options, and above all genuinely enthusiastic about his work. We had tons of fun visiting waterfalls, soaking in hot spring pools, kayaking in Lake Arenal surrounded by lush forest, walking in a cloud forest, learning about coffee/chocolate/sugar production in a local farm, sailing on a catamaran in Manuel Antonio national park, and more. Having a Spanish-speaking guide who arranged the many activities and various transport/lodging logistics is indispensable for a packed but exciting vacation. Having flexible time at each destination allowed families in the same group to choose whatever they liked best. Group dinners together are good (and budget friendly). Overall we would highly recommend this tour to families and friends."

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"Manu is an amazing guide and I felt very connected to the community. This was my first solo trip and I felt very safe and was able to make connections with a lot of people! All the activities were awesome and I had a great time."
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  • Manuel Antonio National Park : This is the quintessential Costa Rica natural paradise where the beach seamlessly meets the rainforest, offering encounters with boisterous monkeys, adorable sloths, and exotic tropical birds.
  • Arenal Volcano National Park : Located to the north of San Jose, Arenal Volcano presents a tropical paradise complete with soothing hot springs, dense rainforests, and the awe-inspiring presence of Volcan Arenal, a towering, billowing giant that defines the region.
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve : As one of Costa Rica's original eco-tourism hotspots, Monteverde Cloudforest offers enchanting cloud forest walks, exhilarating canopy ziplines, immersive visits to local farms, and the chance to stay in ecologically friendly lodges.
  • Corcovado National Park: Often referred to as "the most biologically intense place on Earth," Corcovado is a remote and pristine park where you can find diverse wildlife, including jaguars and tapirs.
  • Tortuguero National Park : Nestled on Costa Rica's lesser-visited Caribbean coast, Tortuguero, meaning "sea turtle breeding spot" in Spanish, provides a unique opportunity to witness green turtles in their natural environment.
  • Palo Verde National Park: This park is popular among birdwatchers, especially during the dry season when migratory birds congregate in large numbers.
  • Irazu Volcano National Park : Its proximity to San Jose makes it a popular destination for those seeking a glimpse of an active volcano and its crater lakes.
  • Poas Volcano National Park: Another accessible volcano park near San Jose, Poas is known for its active crater and stunning vistas.

Costa Rica Travel Overview

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  • Dry Season (December to April): Also referred to as the "high season" for tourism, extends from December to April. During this period, most of the country experiences lower rainfall and clear skies, making it the ideal time for outdoor activities and exploring the nation's national parks and pristine beaches. The Central Valley and Pacific coast regions offer pleasant, sunny weather during these months. If you're planning a trip to Costa Rica for activities like hiking, birdwatching, or beach relaxation, this is the prime time to visit.
  • Green Season (May to November): During Costa Rica’s wet season or “ green season ”, the country receives higher rainfall, especially on the Caribbean coast and in the northern regions. While the weather can be unpredictable, the lush green landscapes and lower number of tourists can make this a rewarding time to visit. It's important to note that some remote areas may be less accessible during heavy rains. If you want to experience the rainforests at their lushest and take advantage of lower accommodation prices, the wet season could be a suitable choice.
  • Hiking through the rain forest looking for monkeys, sloths and tropical birds as your guide tells you about the medicinal plants his family uses.
  • Getting "just close enough" to Arenal Volcano as you see glowing red lava flow down its slopes at night, and a billowing cloud of ash during the day.
  • Learning a little Spanish and making friends with some locals.

Costa Rica Family Vacations

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Zip Lining - Canopy Climbing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Rainforest Wildlife Viewing & Adventures
  • Hummingbirds: Marvel at dozens of hummingbird species, each with a unique iridescent plumage and behavior. Keep an eye out for them in lush rainforests and gardens throughout the country.
  • Resplendent Quetzal: This magnificent bird, known for its vibrant green and red plumage, calls the cloud forests of Monteverde and other highland regions home. 
  • Rufous Motmot: Found in the dense undergrowth of rainforests and along riverbanks, the Rufous Motmot is known for its distinctive racket-shaped tail and vibrant plumage.
  • Kingfishers: Keep an eye on riverbanks and mangroves, especially in the Pacific and Caribbean coastal regions, for a chance to spot various kingfisher species.
  • Toucans & Aracaris: These iconic birds with large, colorful bills are often seen in the canopy of tropical rainforests, particularly in Tortuguero and Corcovado National Parks.
  • White-collared Manakin: Look for this striking bird in lowland rainforests, where males perform elaborate courtship dances to impress potential mates.
  • Gold Museum: Located in San Jose, this museum houses an extensive collection of pre-Columbian gold artifacts, providing insights into the indigenous cultures that inhabited Costa Rica before the arrival of Europeans.
  • Costa Rican Art Museum: Situated in the eastern part of San Jose, this museum showcases a diverse range of Costa Rican art, including paintings, sculptures, and contemporary pieces.
  • Children's Museum: Housed in a striking yellow, castle-like building in San Jose, this museum offers interactive exhibits and educational activities designed for children, making it a family-friendly attraction.
  • Contemporary Art and Design Museum: Located in San Jose, this museum focuses on contemporary art and design, featuring exhibitions of both national and international artists.
  • National Theater: While not a traditional museum, the National Theater in San Jose is an architectural masterpiece worth visiting. Explore its opulent interior and learn about its history and cultural significance.
  • San Jose: As the capital and largest city, San Jose is the cultural, political, and economic hub of Costa Rica. It's home to numerous museums, theaters, and historical landmarks, including the National Theater and the Gold Museum. San Jose also serves as a transportation hub, making it a common starting point for exploring the country.
  • Alajuela: Located near the Juan Santamaría International Airport, Alajuela is known for its welcoming atmosphere, coffee plantations, and the Poas Volcano National Park. It's a convenient base for travelers arriving in or departing from Costa Rica.
  • Heredia: Often referred to as the "City of Flowers," Heredia is known for its beautiful parks and colonial architecture. It's a quieter alternative to San Jose, offering a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Liberia: The capital of the Guanacaste Province, Liberia is often called the "Gateway to the Pacific." It's a significant transportation hub for travelers heading to the Pacific coast or exploring nearby national parks like Rincon de la Vieja.
  • Manuel Antonio: Home to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, this town on the Pacific coast is known for its stunning beaches, rich biodiversity, and opportunities for wildlife viewing and hiking.
  • Quepos: Located near Manuel Antonio, Quepos serves as the gateway to the national park and offers fishing, water sports, and a bustling market.
  • Puerto Limón: As the main port on the Caribbean coast, Puerto Limón provides access to beautiful beaches and cultural experiences, including the Afro-Caribbean culture of the region.
  • Puntarenas: This port town on the Pacific coast is a gateway to the Nicoya Peninsula and serves as a departure point for cruises to the Pacific islands.
  • Puerto Viejo: Located on the Caribbean coast, Puerto Viejo is known for its Afro-Caribbean culture, beautiful beaches, and opportunities for surfing, snorkeling, and exploring the lush rainforest.
  • La Fortuna: Located near the Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is famous for its hot springs, lush rainforests, and outdoor adventures like hiking, zip-lining, and wildlife watching.
  • Santa Teresa: A laid-back beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is known for its excellent surfing conditions, stunning sunsets, and vibrant local scene.
  • Nicoya Peninsula: This beautiful peninsula is a haven for nature lovers, offering pristine beaches, diverse wildlife, and opportunities for hiking, snorkeling, and exploring charming coastal towns.
  • Playa Conchal: Known for its unique crushed-shell beach, this is a popular destination for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters.
  • Lake Arenal: Costa Rica's largest lake, Lake Arenal, offers water activities such as windsurfing and boat tours with the Arenal Volcano as a stunning backdrop.
  • Playa Samara: A tranquil beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula, Playa Samara is a great spot for swimming, kayaking, and enjoying a relaxed atmosphere.

Costa Rica Travel FAQs

  • Learn Some Spanish: While many Costa Ricans speak English, learning some basic Spanish phrases can enhance your experience and interactions. Spanish is the official language, and using polite greetings like "hola" (hello) and "gracias" (thank you) can go a long way in fostering positive connections with locals.
  • Pack Accordingly: Bring lightweight, breathable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, and don't forget insect repellent and sunscreen. The tropical climate can vary, so it's wise to have layers for different elevations and activities.
  • Currency and Payments: Costa Rican colón (CRC) is the local currency, but U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Carry some cash, but credit cards are commonly used. However, smaller establishments may prefer cash, so having some colones on hand is advisable.
  • Respect Nature: Help preserve Costa Rica's natural beauty by following eco-friendly practices like recycling and avoiding single-use plastics. Costa Rica is a leader in sustainable tourism, and respecting the environment is a shared responsibility.
  • Local Cuisine: Don't miss out on trying traditional dishes like gallo pinto (rice and beans), casado (a typical lunch), and tropical fruits. Costa Rican cuisine reflects the country's rich cultural heritage and is a delightful culinary experience.
  • Explore National Parks: Visit Costa Rica's incredible national parks and reserves to experience the country's diverse ecosystems and wildlife. 
  • Enjoy "Pura Vida": Embrace the "pura vida" lifestyle, which translates to pure life and represents a laid-back, positive attitude. It's a way of life in Costa Rica and embodies the friendly and welcoming spirit of the people.
  • Respect Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from animals in the wild and never feed them. Wildlife encounters are best enjoyed from a distance. This not only ensures your safety but also protects the animals and their natural behaviors.
  • Tipping: Tipping is customary in Costa Rica, with 10% being a common practice in restaurants. In addition to restaurants, it's also customary to tip tour guides, drivers, and hotel staff for exceptional service.

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9  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $2,092

Discover the reasons why vacationing in Costa Rica is so popular on this customizable experience spent exploring the unforgettable scenery. Scour the trees for toucans and scarlet macaws perching in the canopy, and walk with the rare Blue Morpho in a garden dedicated to the preservation of the Costa Rica’s vibrant butterflies. Wander through lava fields and soothe your body in relaxing hot springs, embrace the excitement of finding waterfalls, and find the thrill of flying on a zip line. From organic farms to private reserves, national parks to volcanic peaks, your time spent in Costa Rica will leave you relaxed after your amazing adventures. For further inspiration, consider browsing our other Costa Rica vacations to create your perfect trip itinerary.

Beach sunset at Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita, Costa Rica

11  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $2,998

Luxury and sustainability go hand-in-hand during your handpicked 11-day Costa Rica tour. Whether traveling as an adventurous family or looking for a romantic getaway, this featured tour offers endless options perfect for your needs, goals, and preferences. From sailing through the sky on a zipline or searching for elusive sloths, lounging on pristine beaches or relaxing in thermal springs, you will have the ultimate tour tailored to you.

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7  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $1,633

Costa Rica is a paradise in every way, known for its tropical weather and lush rainforests, charming people and captivating wildlife. On this 7-day family vacation, you will find something to please everyone. Zip line through the trees to please your adventurous son or horseback ride on the beach to appease your children’s storybook dreams. Trek through monkey-ridden jungles and dive into a coral decorated seafloor. From whale watching to bird watching you will find the blissful pleasure of a happy family on this seamlessly immersive paradise.

Caño Island, Costa Rica

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With seclusion comes adventure during your exciting 9-day Costa Rica off the beaten path tour. Embrace the majesty of the soaring mountains and the exciting intensity of the jungle terrain. Revel in the sunset over the Pacific, listen to the chattering birdlife or wander the forest. Whether searching for exuberant sea life or exciting wildlife hidden in the canopy, you can embrace the variety and adventure of Costa Rica.

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Dynamic pricing from  $2,209

With romantic seclusion and tropical grandeur, you can embrace the treasures of adventure and passion during your 9-day Costa Rica tour for couples and adventure. Enjoy exceptional panoramas, wander through blossoming gardens, or indulge in the seductive quiet of a couple’s massage. From river rafting to birdwatching, powdery white sand to sloths, you can capture the romance of Pura Vida as you explore Costa Rica as a couple.

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16  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $3,947

Nestled between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica presents visitors with an abundance of adventure as well as modern comforts, and this 16-day tour has been handcrafted to deliver plenty of both. Throughout this trip, you will enjoy the charms of this unique corner of Central America. From the heights of Mt. Arenal to the shores of Tortuguero National Park, active explorations will ensure that you see and experience everything you desire.

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12  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $5,395

The world’s most coveted coffees, chocolates, and cocktails blend seamlessly on this 12-day journey through Costa Rica, immersing you in the origins of some of the most prized coffee and cocoa beans. Enjoy a cup of fresh drip brewed in the micro-mills where coffee beans are grown for world champion baristas and coffee cuppers (the sommeliers of the coffee world). Indulge in decadent organic dark chocolate and sip on rum harvested from locally sourced sugar canes. This tour also visits an organic farm where natural ingredients that accentuate the flavors of coffee are meticulously matured, such as vanilla, cinnamon, and black pepper. Embark on a unique adventure through Costa Rica's cloud forests, volcanoes and pristine nature that stimulates all of the senses, while simultaneously indulging in the famous laid-back lifestyle of La Pura Vida. EXPLORING FURTHER Did you know that Costa Rica contains an exceptional wealth of wildlife relative to its size? More than 5% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in Costa Rica, even though its landmass is a mere 0.03% of the planet. With over 100 protected areas, 801 miles of coastline, and 121 volcanic formations, the country contains 10% of the world’s butterflies, 750,000 species of insects, and 52 species of hummingbirds. To explore Costa Rica’s wildlife up close, consider browsing our Costa Rica vacations to include a face-to-face experience with a smiling sloth.

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8  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $1,867

The adventurous spirit waits for no one. On this customizable Costa Rica vacation you will find yourself exploring the far reaches of the countryside, from its shoreline edges to its towering mountaintops. Listen to the birds call out in the morning light and power down rapids as the water thunders around you. Meet like-minded people, filled with vitality and curiosity, engaging the world, one adventure at a time. Your desire to explore propels you forward leaving no reason to wait to visit Costa Rica.

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Dynamic pricing from  $1,710

Discover the fascinating biodiversity, welcoming culture, and breathtaking natural beauty of Costa Rica during your custom-tailored tour for seniors. Whether traveling in a group, as a family, or as a couple, Costa Rica will inspire you with sensational wildlife alongside panoramas of active volcanic summits. Visit a traditional indigenous village for insight into traditional cuisine and crafts and then discover the tremendous vibrancy of the rainforest canopy on hanging bridges with piercing views into the treetops. The plumage of birds shines as radiant as the crystal-clear Pacific, and emerald forests hide the sleeping sloths, such is the charm of Costa Rica during your immersive exploration.

Costa Rica Gastronomy Tour: Gourmet to Flavorful Surprises

Dynamic pricing from  $2,200

Costa Rica brings an unforgettable gourmet experience to the table with a collection of tasty dishes and mouthwatering flavors alongside a colorful cultural heritage.  Take in your luxurious culinary discovery tour in featured Zicasso hotels as your personalized Costa Rica vacation will highlight the comforting tastes of authentic mountain retreats and coastal getaways. Vibrant markets overflow with historical personality, and the coffee culture is committed to showcasing the distinctive properties of the country’s favored regions. From chocolate to scarlet macaws, tropical produce to resplendent quetzals, celebrate La Pura Vida with an extravagance of Costa Rica’s wildlife and cuisine.

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Dynamic pricing from  $1,675

This week-long Costa Rica vacation exudes luxury and excitement, exploration and excellence, and is custom-tailored to your preferred experiences. Enjoy a carefree existence in thermal springs heated by the volcanic activity of Arenal. Listen to the waves lap against the Pacific coastline and watch the clouds fade over the highland rainforest in Monteverde. Scour the treetops on hanging bridges and zip lines to find the active lifestyles of howler monkeys, toucans, sloths, and iguanas. A perfect Costa Rica vacation becomes a perfect week and will be accentuated by the bountiful splendors of luxury resorts, landscapes, and wildlife.

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Costa Rica surpasses the paradisiacal and borders dreamlike. On this 7-day tour you will experience the true splendor of the country, finding both luxury and adventure in the rolling hills and glowing beaches. Whether you have wandered through the lush rainforests before, or you wish to discover the magnificent charm of the white sandy beaches of Manuel Antonio for the first time, this vacation will take you beyond the possible and into the desirable. Discover what it feels like when tropical dreams come true.

10  Day Custom Tour

Dynamic pricing from  $2,335

Prepare for the perfect proposal on a handcrafted Costa Rica vacation that offers a selection of pristine destinations at which to ask for your loved one’s hand in marriage. Blend comfort and exploration, romance and relaxation to create cherished memories emphasizing your affection. Gaze at waterfalls that perform stunning displays of power and passion. Take a horseback ride on a Pacific beach and bask in the colors of the sunset. Indulge in the rushing waters of thermal springs and then relax with citrus aromas during a coveted couple’s massage. As you make your plans for this life-changing time together, browse all of our Costa Rica vacations for inspiration to build an itinerary that will celebrate your time together with extraordinary luxury in gorgeous natural surroundings.

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Discover boutique luxury away from the well-trodden trails and the crowded resorts during your Costa Rica tour that will celebrate the splendors found far from the familiar paths. Your customizable Costa Rica vacation will introduce you to the divine landscape of cloud, rain, and lowland forests while staying at remarkable Zicasso featured hotels nestled into the abounding natural beauty. Whether you are interested in adventurous rafting excursions or are eager to perfect your lotus pose near twittering birds, or simply happy to lounge on a remote beach, you will find the perfect blend of relaxation and exploration in Costa Rica.

Dynamic pricing from  $2,101

The world looks different from off the beaten path, revealing true beauty and charm during your customizable Costa Rica vacation. The mist of the cloud forest burns away illuminating the iridescent plumage of the rare resplendent quetzal. Hidden trails ascend the Pacific Coastal range where twin waterfalls fall over open caves. Whales and sea turtles swim off the pristine white sand beaches, and isolated islands give way to vibrant coral reefs. Spectacular exploration brings you adventure, excitement, and authenticity away from the worn trails on this unforgettable itinerary.  Consider browsing our other tours for inspiration as you plan a Costa Rica vacation package that will be handcrafted just for you.

Those who have experienced the grace of Costa Rica understand the need to return, forever enthralled with the pace of life, lush scenery, and active wildlife. Search for toucanets and spoonbills with an experienced birder and learn to surf the rolling waves of the Pacific. Relish in the gorgeous setting and vibrant luxury of a premier eco-lodge and traverse a trail connecting hummingbird gardens with captivating waterfalls. Experience the brilliance of the rainforest, cloud forest, and Pacific Coast on a personalized expedition meant to revitalize your connection to flora and fauna and to introduce you to previously unexplored locations on your Costa Rica vacation. Your itinerary is entirely yours to handcraft, so consider browsing our other Costa Rica tours as you bring your return trip to perfection.

Discover wildlife, bask in the coastal sunshine, and wander through a mixture of cloud and rainforest during your nine-day Costa Rica family vacation that is custom-tailored to how you want to experience your trip. Soar through the sky on a thrilling zip line excursion and indulge in relaxing hot springs. Venture onto the trails at night to find boa constrictors or enjoy celebrated beaches to appreciate Costa Rica together.

Tear the kids away from the television and take them out of the worlds provided by their videogames for an 8-day immersive Costa Rica vacation. Instead of posting selfies from the mall they can photograph selfies with white-headed capuchin monkeys. Forget about Instagramming their dinner and instead Snapchat photos gliding upside down on a zip line over the rainforest canopy. Trade in the Tumblr for a travel journal and Facebook with the wildlife on a Costa Rica Highlights vacation connecting teenagers and families to the wonders of eco-friendly adventures.

The vibrant feathers of scarlet macaws, the rumbling whitewater of enchanting cascades, the tranquil seclusion of a luxury hotel on the Pacific coast, your Costa Rica vacation embodies nature’s splendor and thrilling excursions personalized to your day-to-day desires. Search for dolphins, whales, sloths, and howler monkeys, dig your toes into the soft sand, and bask in pools heated by geothermal activity. On your Costa Rica tour, you will relish the intricacies of guided explorations in a carefree environment while experiencing the captivating culture of Pura Vida!    

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a thrill-seeker, or a family that is thirsty for a new adventure, your customizable, best of Costa Rica tour celebrates the diversity of the landscape and the mysteries of the wildlife. Soar above the wilderness on a zipline and discover the sounds of the jungle in the early morning. Traverse the cloud forest canopy on hanging bridges and glide across rivers where you can find caiman and roseate spoonbills. Adventurous trails lead to spectacular, volcanic panoramas and tranquil, crystal-clear water that will provide views to passing whitetip reef sharks that will capture the essence of Costa Rica and the splendor of your luxurious experience.

An unusual path offers variety and uniqueness during your Costa Rica vacation, allowing you a personalized experience away from the familiarity of the beaten path. Follow the coastal road less traveled along the Pacific and see the splendors of the secluded and hidden beaches, national parks, and volcanic landscapes often overlooked by travelers. Lounge in natural thermal springs hidden under the jungle canopy and search for migrating whales and passing dolphins on a catamaran cruise. Find active wildlife abounding as you journey in eco-friendly luxury on a Costa Rica vacation perfect for those wishing to blend exploration, relaxation, adventure, and discovery. As you dream of your perfect time spent vacationing in Costa Rica , consider browsing some of our other itineraries as you refine your trip.

Savor Pura Vida , the Pure Life, with an adventurous Costa Rica vacation tailored to your preferred taste for excitement. Listen to the low, intense wails of howler monkeys, paddle the whitewater along class IV rapids, traipse the forest trails on horseback, and soar through the sky on a scenic zip line. The blend of authentic beauty and captivating exploration creates timeless vacations captured in the waterfalls, volcanic peaks, singing birds, and restless monkeys. Whether a first-time visitor or returning vacationer, you can soak in hot springs, kayak through mangrove forests, and relish the action of Costa Rica.

Wildly remote, endlessly intimate, and utterly romantic will best describe your Costa Rica vacation together. Whether in the mood for a cherished getaway or planning the idyllic honeymoon, you can blend luxury and captivating wildlife, adventure and comfort stretching from the Central Valley, overtaking the highlands, and lounging on the gorgeous Pacific. Indulge in the seductive scenery, bask in the rejuvenating thermal springs and paddle through exhilarating whitewater rapids. Your personalised itinerary puts you in the mood for love, romance, and limitless exotic landscapes.  As the two of you create your perfect getaway, consider browsing some of our other Costa Rica vacations for further inspiration.

This custom-tailored vacation for seniors will take you on a journey from the coast to the rainforest to experience many of Costa Rica’s most breathtaking destinations. You will indulge in decadent dining experiences, explore by way of private guides, and culminate each day by unwinding at five-star hotel accommodations. You will bask in Arenal’s mineral-rich, bubbling hot springs, decompressing as you breathe in the cool, jungle air. You will also encounter two-toed sloths, howler monkeys, toucans, exotic plant species, and much more during your exclusive tours of the misty rainforest. While lounging on Tamarindo’s pristine, white-sand beaches, you will listen to the relaxing sounds of the ocean as it crashes onto the shore. Whether you are traveling as a couple, family, or with a group, this immersive vacation is the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation that you will not soon forget.

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The tour was fantastic! From Monte Verde, Manuel Antonio, to Corcovado, everything was well organized and all of our travel needs were met. I especially loved the boat tour in Corcovado. Thank-you, Sara and Greivin, for such a wonderful experience

My mom and I went on the 2-day/1-night trip to Monteverde. We had a great time. The small group made the experience more personalized and set at a good pace. From start to finish, the service was very punctual, comfortable, and relaxing. Our guide Greivin and driver Miguel were great. I'm looking forward to joining more trips around Costa Rica with Tropical Tours.

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9 BEST Tours of Costa Rica (Multi-Day Guided Tours) & How to Pick One!

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9 BEST Tours of Costa Rica (Multi-Day Guided Tours) & How to Pick One!

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Costa Rica is famous for its natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and abundance of fascinating wildlife . From jungles and cloud forests to volcanoes and secluded beaches , there’s a ton to explore in the most biodiverse country on Earth – so much so that the prospect of planning a week-long trip can feel a bit intimidating. 

Naturally, you want to make the most of your time in Costa Rica , but spending hours crafting an itinerary understandably might not be that appealing. That’s the beauty of joining a multi-day tour around the country – all of the details are taken care of for you, and all you need to do is relax and enjoy the journey.

While living and traveling across Costa Rica, we’ve found some great multi-day tours that helped us see an area or bunch of attractions in a shorter period of time. Plus we found having transport AND a guide were huge advantages when we were exploring a new part of the country.

There are so many different tours available designed to showcase what Costa Rica is most known for ! It’s a matter of finding one that fits your budget, time frame, and includes all of your must-do activities . We’re here to help you narrow it down!

We’ve rounded up the 9 best tours on offer to help you decide which one is right for you. 

Don’t have time to read the full article? One of our top recommended tours of Costa Rica is this 7-night private tour . We love that you get to visit some of the most beautiful spots in the country like Poas Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park. You even get to go rafting on the Pacuare River.

Why Join a Guided Tour Around Costa Rica

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Obviously, joining a guided tour is a lot easier because you don’t have to worry about booking individual activities, transport, or accommodation since it’s all taken care of in one fell swoop when you book the tour.

But what you may not realize is that joining a guided tour can also be cheaper than booking everything separately! Tour operators often get discounts and bundle deals that they pass along to you. Usually, all of your national park fees, accommodation, and some activities are included in the price of your tour, so the only thing you’ll really need to pay for is food and drink (and sometimes that’s included, too!).

A guided tour also makes for a smoother journey, because you don’t need to worry about organizing bus transfers, securing parking, booking time slots, or how you’re going to get from one place to the next. It’s all taken care of for you! 

We also like joining group tours to connect with other travelers. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, which is a huge benefit if you’re traveling solo or are just a super social person who’s keen to connect with others exploring the country.

Another big advantage we’ve found has come in handy is having a knowledgeable guide along. They will share stories and information about Costa Rica with you, so you’ll get a much better insight into the culture and history of the country than if you were to go it alone. 

Having a guide is also a huge advantage when it comes to spotting wildlife in Costa Rica , because some of the most fascinating animals can be difficult for the untrained eye to see. Lots of Costa Rica’s coolest animals are pretty small or live high up in trees, so you miss a lot without a guide to point them all out to you. We wouldn’t have seen half as much as we did without the guidance of locals who knew exactly what to look for! 

Safety is also a consideration when joining a group tour. While Costa Rica is relatively safe, tourists are often targets for petty theft and occasionally violent crime. We don’t say this to scare you, but we do know that there’s safety in numbers, and having a local guide with you will go a long way to keeping you safe from being a target. Before you go, have a read through our tips to stay safe in Costa Rica so you’re extra prepared!

Now that you know why multi-day tours are such a great pick, it’s time to find one that works for you!

The BEST Multi-Day Tours of Costa Rica 

1. 7-night private tour (all-inclusive).

Bailey at Poas Volcano in Costa Rica

Everything is taken care of from the moment you land to the day you depart Costa Rica on this week-long all-inclusive tour . You’ll be collected from the San José airport by a friendly guide who will help you settle in and take you to your first night’s accommodation before you embark on your adventure around the country.

I love this tour because, in just a week, you get to see some of the most beautiful and biodiverse places in Costa Rica. These include Poas Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Park where you’ll discover a variety of amazing land and marine wildlife, from dolphins and sea turtles to howler monkeys, agouti, snakes, and deer. You’ll also visit the San Luis Adventure Park for a thrilling canopy adventure and on your final day you’ll go rafting on the Pacuare River.

This tour costs $1,496 USD and includes 7 nights of 4-star accommodation, so you’ll be nice and comfy overnight. You also get breakfast each morning (accompanied by some fantastic Costa Rican coffee!) and lunch most days, too. Dinners and your evening beers aren’t included, but we actually think that’s quite nice as you get the chance to head out on your own each night and try whichever local spot catches your eye. 

Another thing we really like about this tour is that the tour company has a big focus on sustainability and social responsibility. Costa Rica is such an insanely beautiful country with a very delicate ecosystem, and after you’ve traveled around you’ll understand why conservation is so important. 

Plus, there’s a maximum group size of 15 which we think is great as personally, huge tours just aren’t our vibe. Small group trips give you much more of an opportunity to get to know your guide and learn about the local culture, and it’s also much easier to bond with your fellow travelers when you don’t have 60 different names to try and remember! 

Grab your spot on this all-inclusive week-long tour here !

2. 13-Day nature tour of Costa Rica

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On this 13-day tour , you’ll get to experience a rich slice of Costa Rica’s beauty and culture with multi-day visits to Tortuguero National Park , the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest , and either Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste .

So basically, you’ll see pretty much every type of landscape that the country has to offer, from volcanoes, mangroves, and thermal hot springs to rainforests and beaches. 

One thing we love about this tour is that you get plenty of time in each place – it’s not one of those tours where you spend most of the time on the bus rather than actually exploring your destination. You’ll get 2 nights in Tortuguero, 2 nights in Arenal Volcano National Park, 2 nights in Monteverde, and 4 nights in either Manuel Antonio or Guanacaste (depending on which one you choose) before spending a final night in San José before being taken back to the airport on the last day of the tour.

We think that this is a really nicely structured itinerary since you start out by visiting more adventurous destinations and then end your trip with some more relaxed time at the beach. There’s a nice balance between guided activities and free time, which is important because although you want to see as much of Costa Rica as possible, you also need time to actually relax and enjoy your vacation! 

The tour costs $2,725 USD including all of your accommodation and round-trip transportation from San Josè, Alajuela, or Herida. You also get breakfast every morning, lunch on 5 days, and 3 dinners. If you choose to visit Guanacaste instead of Manuel Antonio National Park, you’ll stay in an all-inclusive Costa Rica resort , so all of your meals and drinks will be taken care of, too.

There are also only 8 travelers (or fewer) in each group, so you’ll get to know everyone really well by the end and come away with some newfound friends. Because it’s a smaller group, make sure you book online early to guarantee you get the dates you want !

Related Read: If you choose to visit Guanacaste, make sure to stop in the cute beach town of Playa Flamingo !

3. 10-Day nature group tour

A sloth in Manuel Antonio National Park

This 10-day tour starts and ends in San José, giving you 2 nights in Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde (which is home to the famous cloud forest), and Manuel Antonio National Park, which is known for its excellent beaches, as well as its incredible rainforest which is one of the best places to spot tropical primates in Costa Rica. 

One of my favorite parts of this tour is the cruise along the rivers of Tortuguero National Park. This is one of the most remote parts of the country and the best view of the area is from the canals that wind through here. We’ve spotted several different types of monkeys and even a manatee from the water! Plus, you’ll get to spend the night in a Costa Rican ecolodge .

If you can, book this tour during turtle nesting season (July-September) or turtle hatching season (September-December) so you have the chance to see turtles ! You might be lucky enough to spot mama turtles laying their eggs or baby turtles making their way to the ocean. We were here in December and watching those cute little guys head to the water was a highlight!

Another incredible part of this tour is the chance to hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest . This place is honestly magical. It’s one of the top nature reserves in Costa Rica  and is home to HALF the country’s flora and fauna, which is really saying something.

You’ll also be in one of the best places to spot a sloth in Costa Rica with your visit to Manuel Antonio National Park. I always seem to spot a sloth here – especially if you walk along the appropriately named “Sloth Trail”.

For $1,826 USD, you get 9 nights accommodation and breakfast, as well as two lunches, return transfers to San José airport, and lots of guided hikes and tours along the way, although there are a few free days to enjoy, too. 

This tour will give you a well-rounded overview of Costa Rica and ensure that you get to experience some of its most beautiful destinations to the fullest. There’s a maximum group size of 25, so we think that this tour is ideal for couples, families, or groups of friends.

Check availability and book this nature-focused group tour online !

Why We Book Tours with Viator

Viator is a trusted online booking system for tours around the world! We almost always book our tours using Viator for a couple of reasons:

  • Free cancellation on most tours – Most of the tours on Viator allow you to cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. This is handy in case plans change, or if booking an outdoor activity, the weather forecast is looking grim.
  • Reserve now and pay later – You can secure your spot on some of the most popular tours well in advance and not pay until closer to the day of the tour.
  • Pay in your chosen currency – Avoid costly international transaction fees by choosing to pay in your home currency.
  • Peace of mind – When booking with tour operators you find in person on the street or in small booking offices, you are often promised one thing and given another. This online platform holds tour operators accountable with a written description of inclusions as well as the opportunity for customers to leave reviews.

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4. 9-Day best of the Northwest tour

A hanging bridge through thick forest in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica

The Northwest part of Costa Rica has the driest weather in the country (although it’s still pretty wet by most standards) and it’s a popular destination for beach lovers. It’s also home to Monteverde Cloud Forest, which is famed for its biodiversity, large population of exotic birds , and beautiful wild orchids. 

The Guanacaste Province is also located in the Northwest, where there are lots of scenic beaches and mountains to explore, as well as Aventura Nature Park, where you can go horse riding, ziplining, or take a mud bath while you admire volcanoes in the distance. Finally, you’ll also find Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge here, where you can spot an incredible variety of Costa Rica’s rarest and most interesting species.

This tour will show you everything that the Northwest of Costa Rica has to offer, and since you’re just staying in one area, you get to see a ton of amazing things without having to spend hours on end in a bus or van. 

It also includes some pretty neat experiences like a floating safari, ziplining, and the Skywalk through Monteverde Cloud Forest – think a hanging bridge with epic views!

Although you won’t cover as much ground with this one as with some of the other tours on this list, you’ll get to know Northwest Costa Rica pretty well and still see some of the country’s top destinations.

Pool area of Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa in La Fortuna

The price of the tour is $1,459 USD and includes 8 nights of accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, all of your entry fees, and the SkyWalk fees. There are some optional tours in Guanacaste that will cost extra, but if you don’t want to spend the extra money you can just explore independently. 

Your group will have no more than 10 people in it, so you don’t need to worry about things being overcrowded and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow travelers. You can choose to stay in a single, double, or triple room, depending on whether you’re traveling with others or by yourself.

If exploring this part of Costa Rica sounds perfect, book a ticket for this tour online now !

Related Read: A great add-on to your time in the area is seeing it from above on one of the best hanging bridges in Monteverde !

5. 8-Day jungles and cloud forests tour

Birds eye view of Tortuguero Beach

If you’re looking for an action-packed trip that’s more about traversing through rainforests and spotting rare wildlife than lounging on the beach, then this 8-day tour has the ideal itinerary. 

You’ll be collected from San José airport and stay overnight in the city before heading to Tortuguero National Park, whose creeks and lagoons are home to endangered green sea turtles. In addition to seeing turtles, you’ll also go on a wildlife hike where your guide will help you to spot everything from blue jeans frogs (named for their blue legs!) to monkeys, sloths, and iguanas.

You’ll also spend a night in Arenal Volcano National Park where you can admire the famously symmetrical volcano and discover even more wildlife in the park’s cloud forests. Then, it’s onto Monteverde Cloud Forest where you’ll see even more unique flora and fauna before you go back to San José on the final day. 

As massive wildlife enthusiasts, this tour is pretty much our idea of heaven! You’ll be able to spot so many different species and really make the most of your time in the world’s most biodiverse country.

The pre show waiting room at the National Theater of Costa Rica in San Jose

The tour costs $1,185 USD and includes airport transfers, accommodation in a mixture of standard and superior rooms, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners. Guided activities in each destination are also included, but there’s also some free time to explore independently. 

This tour is really a fantastic option for nature lovers who want to see as many different species as possible in Costa Rica and immerse themselves in the country’s unique cloud forests and jungles. There’s a maximum of 25 travelers, so it’s not a huge group, but this is definitely one for more social solo travelers or those already traveling in a small group.

Book this jungle and cloud forest tour online here !

6. 8-Day adventure tour 

Canyoning in La Fortuna

Adrenaline junkies, listen up: this is the ultimate adventure tour of Costa Rica ! 

Rather than focusing on wildlife and beautiful landscapes (although, of course, there’s still plenty of that on offer) this tour is all about adventurous activities, from ziplining and kayaking to whitewater rafting and snorkeling . 

You’ll spend time kayaking along the Pejibaye River; rafting, swimming and ziplining around the Pacuare River; snorkeling and wildlife spotting in Puerto Viejo ; and waterfall rappelling in Turrialba. If that doesn’t sound like an exciting adventure, then we don’t know what will! 

This tour includes 7 nights’ accommodation, all of your meals, all national park fees, and all of the activities we’ve just talked about for $2,327 USD. So basically, everything except drinks, snacks, and souvenirs are taken care of! 

As you’d hope, the guides from this tour company are friendly and fun-loving, and we think that this tour is absolutely perfect for active and adventurous travelers who are really to push themselves and combine an adrenaline rush with some truly incredible landscapes. 

If adventure is calling your name, don’t miss booking this tour online before it sells out !

7. 5-Day San Jose and area tour

view into the Irazu Volcano blue crater

Lots of travelers skip San Jose , but it’s actually a cool city with a nice vibe and plenty of culture. If you’re interested in checking out the Costa Rican capital, but also want to experience some of the nearby nature, then we think that this 5-day tour is a great way to go about it. 

All of your accommodation is organized for you, as well as transfers to and from San José international airport. A buffet breakfast is included each morning, as well as lunch on the two days that involve organized tours, and then you’re free to discover San José’s top restaurants for yourself in the evenings. 

On the second day, you’ll get a super informative city tour with a local guide, as well as a shopping tour that will take you to all of the city’s best markets and boutiques. We think that this is a great way to get acquainted with the city so that you’ll be able to enjoy exploring independently later on, and it will help you to uncover some of San José’s retail hidden gems! 

On the third day, you’ll venture out on a couple of day trips from San Jose to tour Irazu Volcano National Park, where you’ll see the country’s highest volcano and its super impressive crater, which is filled with bright turquoise water. It really is a fantastic sight to see! You’ll also take a trip to the Orosi Valley, where you’ll visit some colonial churches and learn more about Costa Rica’s history. 

San Jose city

Then, there’s a free day to explore San José by yourself before you fly out of the airport or continue to your next destination in Costa Rica. 

Visiting a big city alone can be quite intimidating, which is why a small group tour like this one is the perfect way to experience San José. There will be around 10 travelers in your group, so you can get to know the other people on the tour pretty well and find friends to experience the city with, which is ideal if you’re traveling alone.

This is one of the cheaper tours on our list at under $750 USD and it can be easily booked online .

Related Read: If you’re spending a longer period of time here, these are the best areas and hotels in Costa Rica to stay in !

8. 5-Day romantic all-inclusive tour 

A couple take a photo at La Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a honeymoon or a romantic trip ! We think that all-inclusive is a must when planning a romantic vacation, because stressing about planning and logistics really ruins the mood! 

This 5-day romantic tour includes 4 nights at one of the most luxurious all-inclusive beach resorts in Costa Rica, where you’ll enjoy relaxing poolside and on pristine beaches, snorkeling with dolphins and turtles, an exciting canopy adventure, and complimentary 24-hour room service. We think that it really is the perfect way for couples to kick back, relax, and take in the beauty of Costa Rica’s Northwest Pacific coast.

One of the highlights for us has to be the catamaran ride. You’ll be picked up by a catamaran at Conchal Beach and then taken to a stunning beach nearby to spend the afternoon. You have a good chance of spotting dolphins on the ride over and then your cruise back is at sunset – so gorgeous!

Since the resort is all-inclusive, all of your food, drinks, and minibar snacks are included in the $1,700 USD price tag. You also get a private return transfer from Liberia Airport, which is just under an hour away. Your guide will be super friendly and take good care of you, but you’ll also have lots of privacy and free time to enjoy the resort. 

Easily book your romantic getaway online here !

9. 3-Day tour with Arenal Volcano 

Walking along North Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio

This short but sweet tour takes you to 3 of Costa Rica’s natural gems in as many days: Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and Manuel Antonio National Park. Starting in San Jose, you can be picked up from either the airport or your hotel, and you’ll be dropped back in the capital at the end of the tour. 

In Arenal Volcano National Park, you’ll enjoy a 3-hour guided walk in the morning to spot wildlife, visit waterfalls, and enjoy views of the volcano from several different perspectives. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll get the chance to relax in the Natural Hot Springs Resort and enjoy the healing mineral properties of the water. 

On the second day, you’ll explore Monteverde Cloud Forest with the help of your guide, who will help you to spot a ton of interesting wildlife species that you probably otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see. 

On your third and final day, you’ll visit Manuel Antonio National Park to relax on its pristine white sands and trek through the rainforest to see even more wildlife, including capuchin monkeys, snakes, and sloths. Then, you’ll head back to San José to either fly out of the country or head to your next destination, 

Rainforest surrounding Mistico hanging bridge in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

This tour costs $699 USD and includes 2 nights accommodation, breakfast and lunch on all 3 days, and all of your guided experiences. Basically, pretty much everything but your dinners and drinks are covered, which makes budgeting nice and easy. 

We think that this tour is perfect for anyone who’s short on time, but wants to get an accurate snapshot of the beauty and variety that Costa Rica has to offer. You’ll visit 3 of its top destinations, spot unique wildlife, and experience both rainforests and beaches, so you’ll get a very well-rounded experience in spite of the short timeframe. In fact, the company behind this tour is focused on ecotourism and is passionate about showcasing Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity, which is probably why this tour has such an excellent itinerary! 

To see some of the best places in the country in one tour, book online now !

Related Read: If you’re heading out on your own after this short tour, make sure to read all our tips on renting a car in Costa Rica !

Getting Around Costa Rica

Bailey with our rental car near Rio Celeste Costa Rica

How you choose to get around Costa Rica is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your holiday here! How you do it depends on your budget, travel style, and comfort level. 

Renting a Car

Without a doubt, the number one way to explore Costa Rica is in a rental car. We book rental cars on the Discover Cars website as we have had good experiences with them in the past.

One of the things you need to watch for when renting a car in Costa Rica is the mandatory insurance that the government requires you to have. There are a lot of very cheap rentals that don’t include this mandatory insurance (TPL) in the original booking price, but there are also ones that do. To avoid additional surprise charges when you pick up your rental car, be sure to rent a car that includes the mandatory insurance when you book.

Thankfully, on Discover Cars it’s easy to tell apart the companies that include the mandatory insurance and those that don’t. The trick is you can’t pick any car on their website. In the picture below, you can see this rental car, with pick up in Jaco, includes the TPL. That means the mandatory insurance is included in the price. Any cover you get above that is extra.

Of course, I still suggest getting the full coverage offered by Discover Cars, which covers you even more.

You can  browse cars on Discover Cars here .

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Book Shuttles

If renting a car isn’t in your budget, you don’t feel comfortable driving in Costa Rica , or you just don’t like driving, shuttles are the next best option. There are hundreds of shuttle routes available all over the country, and they are very affordable.

Shuttles in Costa Rica are specifically for tourists and often include pick up and drop off at your selected hotels and airports. The drivers also speak some English, and the vehicles have air conditioning. You’ll also be guaranteed a seat when you book a shuttle (which isn’t the case with the public bus system.)

To get the best price, use the website  Bookaway . They compare all the offers and prices of shuttle companies in Costa Rica so you get the best price! Honestly, we have saved so much money using Bookaway! 

You can search for shuttles online on Bookaway here.

Lastly, you can use the public bus system. On short journeys, such as from San Jose to La Fortuna or Uvita to Manuel Antonio, this system is great. However, the longer the journey the more hassle and time spent on a bus. It’s undoubtedly best to save the public bus in Costa Rica for short and straightforward trips!  

The public buses are definitely the cheapest way to get around Costa Rica, but they are not always very reliable and schedules often change without notice and delays are to be expected. The buses can also be very crowded and hot – so just be prepared!

It’s also good to speak some Spanish if you plan on riding the public bus since most drivers and ticket booth operators don’t speak English.

Invest in Travel Insurance

Paying out of pocket for trip interruptions or medical treatment will add to what might already be a stressful situation. We always travel with SafetyWing travel medical insurance.

The best part is that it costs only a fraction of what most insurance policies charge, which makes it perfect for digital nomads, long-term travelers (like us), and budget travelers. It only costs $45 USD per 4 weeks!

To start coverage, you must purchase it after leaving your home country. We usually purchase it as soon as we land at the airport.

Since using  SafetyWing  we’ve been reimbursed thousands of dollars when we’ve gotten sick. During the pandemic, they’ve even gone as far as to pay for our last-minute flights back to Canada from Colombia before the border closed!

You can click here to get a quote and read all the details !

Bailey and Daniel take a selfie on the way to Nauyaca Waterfalls

There you have it, the top 9 multi-day tours to help you discover Costa Rica. There’s lots of variety on this list whether you’re looking for an add-on to your vacation or want a tour that plans your entire trip from start to finish. You really can’t go wrong with any of these!

Thanks so much for reading! If you’re in the midst of planning your dream trip to Costa Rica, make sure to browse around our other blogs. We have lots of inspiration for your upcoming vacation as well as tips to help you have the best time once you arrive.

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10 Days in Costa Rica: The Best Tours

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Imagine yourself on a 10-day adventure in Costa Rica, exploring captivating destinations, savoring delicious cuisine, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. But which 10-day tour should you choose? Don't worry, we've done the research for you, analyzing numerous guided tours based on price, guest ratings, and activities, to find the top 10-day tours to Costa Rica. These options offer the perfect length of time to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Costa Rica, striking a harmonious balance between relaxation and exhilaration. Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey that will leave you rejuvenated and yearning for more. Let's get to it, find your perfect tour from our chosen list below.

  • Essential Costa Rica - Package with Manuel Antonio National Park, Self-drive 10 Days, $1478.07
  • Costa Rica Eco Adventure (Guanacaste Beach, End Liberia, 10 Days) 10 Days, $2473.00
  • Costa Rica Pure Nature 10 days 10 Days, $3995.00

Which 10-day tour options are available in Costa Rica?

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Here are the important factors:

  • 12 trip options analyzed
  • $184 average price per day (USD)
  • 4.61 of 5 average rating
  • 28 people or less on average

Curious about the diverse range of tours lasting 10 days? Prepare to be amazed by the array of options available to suit every traveler's preferences. It comes as no surprise that visitors adore these tours, given their exceptional average guest rating of 4.61 out of 5 stars. When it comes to group sizes, the average maximum capacity stands at 28 people, allowing for a comfortable and sociable experience. And for physical activity , you can choose between easy, moderate, and serious, with most of them being easy. Regarding transportation options, you'll find tours marked as self drive and coach / bus, with the most being self drive. With a comprehensive analysis encompassing 12 tours lasting 10 days, you can rest assured that Costa Rica has something tailored to your interests and preferences, promising an unforgettable experience for all.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 10 Best 10-Day Tours in Costa Rica

Essential costa rica - package with manuel antonio national park, self-drive.

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  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for tours lasting 10 days.

Set off on an extraordinary journey that has been awarded a 4.5 out of 5 stars by previous guests. And since the priority is on wildlife, local culture, and family-friendly activities, this tour is a great choice. With a duration of 10 days, this voyage offers an intimate group setting, accommodating 30 individuals, while extending a warm welcome to travelers from 10 and up. Immerse yourself in a travel experience that includes 5 destinations, featuring Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde. San Jose kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. Brought to you by Destination Services Costa Rica , this exceptional deal is an incredible steal at a mere $126 per day. Act now to take advantage of the special sale price!

  • In-depth Cultural
  • Local Living

Costa Rica Eco Adventure (Guanacaste Beach, End Liberia, 10 Days)

With this option you can experience an unparalleled voyage for 10 unforgettable days. It ensures an intimate group setting with 50 participants at most. Uncover the beauty of 8 destinations on this itinerary, with highlights such as Tortuguero National Park, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, La Fortuna, and Arenal Volcano National Park. San Jose will mark the start of your journey, while Liberia will serve as its final destination. Trafalgar , the organizer of this journey, extends a warm invitation to guests travelers from 5 and up. This extraordinary opportunity offers exceptional value at only $293 per day.

  • Coach / Bus

Costa Rica Pure Nature 10 days

This fantastic journey has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Traverse through 4 enchanting destinations, with Corcovado National Park and Arenal Volcano National Park among the must-see stops along the route. San Jose will be both the start and end of your journey. Lasting 10 days, the maximum group size is 15 people, and it's good for travelers from 12 to 95 years old. Organized by Destiny Travel Costa Rica , this is a great deal because it's only $400 per day.

Costa Rica Highlights, 10 days

  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

With a stellar 5 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary trip is the perfect choice. This terrific trip also highights wildlife and family-friendly activities. This trip visits 5 destinations, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde along the way. Your adventure starts and ends in San Jose. Spanning across 10 days, the trip accommodates 15 individuals, and is suitable for travelers from 10 and up. Offered by Destination Services Costa Rica , this remarkable trip is priced at just $245 per day. Hurry and secure your spot while this incredible sale lasts! Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

The Best of Costa Rica

This exceptional trip offering by Destination Services Costa Rica has received a 5 out of 5 rating. On this 10-day voyage you can unwind while also making new memories. Experience a trip that takes you to 5 remarkable destinations, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde. San Jose will be the beginning and end of your trip. With a group size of 30 people, it's suitable for travelers from 10 and up. You're in for an epic adventure with a strong emphasis on wildlife and family-friendly activities. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $122 per day. Act now to take advantage of the special sale price!

The Best of Costa Rica, Self-Drive

Check out this journey that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 5 out of 5 rating. Explore 5 incredible locations on this trip, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of San Jose. You'll love the emphasis on wildlife and family-friendly activities, too. Spanning across 10 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 30 participants, and it's great for travelers from 10 and up. Brought to you by the renowned Destination Services Costa Rica , this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $114 per day - an unbeatable value. It's currently on a special discounted offer.

Costa Rica Adventure

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This 10-day voyage is ideal for travelers from 18 to 39 years old. And priced at only $148 per day, it's a great value, too. With an emphasis on wildlife and beaches, you know you'll have an amazing adventure. Discover a journey that spans 6 destinations, with notable stops in Montezuma, La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Playa Santa Teresa. Beginning in beautiful San Jose, you'll have a terrific journey that ends in Playa Santa Teresa. It's offered by TruTravels , a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides. Act quickly to seize the current limited-time sale and reserve your spot now.

Highlights of Costa Rica + Beach Extension

Priced at just $185 per day, this terrific 10-day trip is ideal for travelers from 16 to 85 years old. This trip takes you on an adventure to 7 destinations, including Monteverde, Sarchi, Grecia, and Poas Volcano National Park. San Jose kicks off your expedition, serving as both the starting and finishing point. Organized by the reputable Explore! , this is one of the best tours on this list.

Supersaver | Costa Rica Essentials Plus & Manuel Antonio Extension, 10 Days

Check out this incredible voyage that has received a 4.5 out of 5 rating from previous guests. Rest assured, this trip is all about wildlife and family-friendly activities, guaranteeing an unforgettable adventure. With a duration of 10 days, this journey ensures an intimate group size of 30 people, and is good for travelers from 10 and up. With 5 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde, and more. You'll start and end this amazing trip in San Jose. This fantastic option, organized by Destination Services Costa Rica , presents an unbeatable value at just $165 per day. Act now to take advantage of the special sale price!

Essential Costa Rica - Package with Manuel Antonio National Park

Spanning over 10 days, this trip has a maximum size of 30 individuals. Welcoming travelers from 10 and up, it is organized by Destination Services Costa Rica , a very popular company with plenty of great reviews. Hiking and jungle trekking are just a few of the activities on this terrific journey. Along the way, this journey encompasses 5 destinations, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Monteverde. San Jose will be both the start and end of your journey. This extraordinary adventure also revolves around wildlife and family-friendly activities. Available at an unbeatable price of only $139 per day, this option also has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from previous guests. It's currently on a special discounted offer.

  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Jungle Trekking

See also The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Costa Rica , The Best Wildlife Tours to Costa Rica , The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Historical Tours in Costa Rica , The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Costa Rica , The Best 3-Day Tours in Costa Rica , The Best 2-Week Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Bicycle Tours in Costa Rica , Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Costa Rica , The Best Christmas & New Years Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Coach Bus Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Adventure Tours to Costa Rica , The Best Eco Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Thrill-Seeking Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Sightseeing Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Cultural Tours in Costa Rica , The Tours for Animal Lovers in Costa Rica , The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Costa Rica , The Best Self Drive Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Safaris in Costa Rica , The Best Jungle Trekking Tours in Costa Rica , The Best Tours Under $1000 in Costa Rica , The Best Luxury Tours to Costa Rica , The Best Budget Tours to Costa Rica , The Best Tours for Seniors to Costa Rica , or The Best G Adventures Tours to Costa Rica for more tour ideas. With so many options, there's a guided tour or vacation package for every type of traveler.

Also, if you're departing from a specific destination, see The Best 3-Day Tours from San Jose , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from San Jose , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Liberia , The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from San José , The Best 10-Day Tours from San Jose , The Best 2-Week Tours from San Jose , The Best 2-Week Tours from San José , or The Best 2-Week Tours from Liberia for more package tour options.

How much do 10-day tours to Costa Rica cost?

Travelers to Costa Rica will have a large number of terrific options for tours lasting 10 days at a variety of great prices. The price of tours lasting 10 days here can vary by type, destinations, length, and travel style. Based on thorough data from 12 tours lasting 10 days, their average daily price is a very reasonable $184 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in Costa Rica .

And for more information on Costa Rica, see Costa Rica Travel Costs and Costa Rica Hotel Costs .

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7 Days Costa Rica Itinerary: Top Sights for First Timers

Posted on Published: June 30, 2023  - Last updated: January 5, 2024

Abundant in nature and adventure, Costa Rica is one of the most incredible countries in the world and spending a week here is a dream! But how do you even choose where to go and how long to stay in each spot? From the beach to a cloud forest and even a dormant volcano, this 7 days Costa Rica itinerary has the exact details you need to plan an amazing week!

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Costa Rica is a country you could spend a month – or more – exploring. What it lacks in size it makes up in adventure! This 7 days Costa Rica itinerary will take you through 3 regions of the country, plus give you some alternatives. After all, it’s nice to have options, right?

From the lush rainforests to stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio and a whole lot more, this small Central American country has so much to offer visitors.

Fill your days with amazing (and natural) wildlife encounters, thrilling ziplines, crazy night tours, waterfall hikes and more. This Costa Rica 1 week itinerary has a bit of everything, no matter what your vacation style.

Before diving into what to do on each day of your vacation, let’s go over some details that will help you plan your trip.

How many days in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica itinerary view of mountains and lush tropical foliage under tree

To make the most of your trip, you’ll want at least a week in this beautiful country. A full 7 days in Costa Rica is just the right amount of adventure and relaxation.

You could do a 5 day itinerary Costa Rica and just omit one of the 3 regions below. But honestly, a week gives you a good taste for the nature and culture that Costa Rica is famous for.

And if you have longer – even better! Spend 10 days, 2 weeks or a month exploring this gorgeous country. With more than a week, you can see more regions, like Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast or take part in slow travel , exploring restaurants, getting to know the locals, soaking in Pure Vida and so much more!

Best time to visit Costa Rica

black monkey white face walking on tree branch in costa rica

If you’re wondering when the best time to visit Costa Rica is, the answer completely depends on what matters most to you!

May through November is typically the rainy season in Costa Rica, so you could generally avoid that timeframe. However, if you want to find cheap prices, this is the timeframe you’d find the best deals!

December through April is the best time to visit Costa Rica. With amazing weather, abundant wildlife and tourist operations fully open, you’ll have a really comfortable trip with many conveniences this time of year.

You could also try the shoulder season to see if you can score a great deal for pricing. Try early to mid-November and mid-late April to try your luck.

Of course, peak travel season is January – March, so keep this in mind for pricing and crowds.

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7 days Costa Rica itinerary: map

This is a map of the itinerary in this guide. The orange icons are the recommended areas for your Costa Rica 1 week itinerary. The yellow icons are alternative options if you’re looking to switch things up. Black icons are the most popular airports for international travel.

As you can see, this Costa Rica itinerary will cover the areas of:

  • Manuel Antonio
  • Drive between Monteverde and Manuel Antonio
  • Isla Tortuga (optional)
  • Tamarindo (optional)

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How to get around Costa Rica

views while driving San Jose to Monteverde tree covered hills looking out to mountains

So at this point you might be thinking: how do you get around Costa Rica? Well good news: there’s plenty of options!

Rental car for your 7 days in Costa Rica

This is the most flexible option for your trip to Costa Rica. You’ll be able to go when you want and where you want. If you’re a US citizen, you can use your US drivers license.

Just keep in mind most vehicles are manual transmissions, and there’s typically an upcharge for automatic (if it’s available).

I recommend using Discover Cars for car rentals in Costa Rica . It’s a free service that searches the major rental companies and provides the best rate. I typically save 10-30% using Discover Cars .

Shuttle service

This is a popular option, especially if you’re looking to relax and keep a slower pace while you’re at each destination on this Costa Rica travel itinerary.

Taking a shuttle service is also great for large groups, or if you simply don’t want to drive the roads in Costa Rica.

You’ll find routes between most popular cities and tourist destinations. The pricing depends on the route and size of the shuttle. For this, I recommend using 12Go . They have a variety of options for transportation, and a ton of routes in Costa Rica, including between the destinations on this travel itinerary!

7 days in Costa Rica view of road over bridge with hill in distance

This is the most budget-friendly option for transportation in Costa Rica. However, the bus lines take a long time and won’t really help you stay on schedule for this Costa Rica itinerary 7 days – it would be more like 12 days based on all the time you’ll spend on the bus!

But, public transportation is the cheapest way to get around Costa Rica , and most other countries for that matter. I recently took a bus like this across the Peloponnese during my 2 weeks Greece itinerary, and it worked out smoothly.

Taxi or Uber in Costa Rica

I really only recommend using a taxi service or Uber once you’re in a town – the cost is price prohibitive to take a private transfer like this from region to region.

Uber works in most major areas of Costa Rica, and is quite convenient too. If your hotel to and from the airport in San Jose or Liberia doesn’t have a free shuttle, Uber or taxi is the way to go.

What to pack for your 7 days in Costa Rica

view of beach through palm trees

Let’s go over the items you’ll want to make your trip comfortable! You’ll be visiting a volcano, cloud forest and beaches for this itinerary, so you’ll definitely want a variety of items for Costa Rica!

  • Water shoes. So many waterfalls, hot springs and beaches in this epic Costa Rica 1 week itinerary! You’ll want a great pair of water shoes, ones sturdy enough to hike to the spot you’re going to need them. These are my favorite water shoes that travel with me everywhere – from the best beaches in Thailand to the Black Sand Beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico and yes, even Costa Rica!
  • Mineral sunscreen. Protect your skin while protecting the Earth’s waterways and marine life with mineral sunscreen. The chemicals in traditional sunblock kills marine life so please only wear mineral sunblock in the ocean in Costa Rica (and everywhere else).
  • Grippy shoes for hiking. If you’re planning to go for an actual hike, like in Arenal Volcano National Park or the Cloud Forest in Monteverde, you’ll want shoes that can handle the mud and give you extra stability. These are my favorite hiking shoes that come with me to hiking destinations.
  • Bug spray. You’ll definitely want bug spray! This is my favorite natural bug repellent I used in Costa Rica to ward off those pesky insects and it worked really well.
  • Dry bag. From beaches to waterfalls, this is a damp environment even when it’s not raining! Keep your valuables in a dry bag to protect your items from getting wet. I love the dry bags with a shoulder strap – so handy for short hikes!
  • Lots of layers. This Costa Rica itinerary will cover 3 regions from the mountains to the beach. You’ll want comfortable, moisture-wicking clothes for the humidity and layers for higher elevation. My favorite are  merino wool  – breathable and they travel great!
  • Rain poncho/ umbrella. Even in the dry season, it still rains in Costa Rica. Pack a poncho and/or umbrella for your week in Costa Rica.
  • GoPro. Whether you want to take snorkeling photos, smooth videos while ziplining or road tripping, a GoPro works wonders while in Costa Rica – or on any vacation!
  • Travel insurance. Last but not least, when you’re traveling quite literally anything can happen. Grab travel insurance before you leave home just in case!

Here’s a complete beach packing list if you’re looking for more details.

How to use this Costa Rica itinerary

7 days in Costa Rica with a view of a dark sand beach palm trees and ocean with sun setting

Geesh are we ready to get to it?! Some important details are covered already in this guide, and it’s just about time to start planning a trip to Costa Rica!

Not-so-fun-fact : the travel times between destinations in Costa Rica will take way longer than Google Maps shows. So for planning purposes, you’ll want to prepare extra time than what GPS is telling you.

So, to use this itinerary, it will assume you’ve arrived in San Jose or Liberia the night before day 1 and that you’re flying out after day 7. However, if you are truly only in the country for 7 days, you can condense this itinerary down to fit your flight schedule.

7 days Costa Rica itinerary

Are you ready for it? This adventure of a lifetime is *almost* too good to be true. Enjoy this fabulous week in Costa Rica. You’re gonna love it!

Fun fact:  6.5% of the worlds biodiversity is in the tiny country of Costa Rica. So you’ll have plenty of options for experiencing amazing vegetation and wildlife during your time in this stunning country!

La Fortuna (days 1-2 on this Costa Rica 1 week itinerary)

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🚗 Waking up in San Jose or Liberia (or flying in early in the day), you’ll make your way to La Fortuna. It’s about a 3 hour drive almost straight north of San Jose and slightly less than that from Liberia.

La Fortuna is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. It’s at the doorstep to Arenal Volcano, and is a nature-lover’s oasis!

Day 1 on this Costa Rica travel itinerary: La Fortuna

A dormant volcano, rainforest, waterfalls and abundant nature is what you’ll find in La Fortuna! After your drive from the airport city, you can grab lunch and explore downtown a bit. Try the budget-friendly Soda La Hormiga or try the traditional Costa Rican food at La Cascada.

La Fortuna Waterfall

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One of your first activities on this Costa Rica itinerary is to visit this fabulous waterfall in La Fortuna . This stunning waterfall in the rainforest is quite the welcome to this beautiful country, and a preview of the adventures to come!

There’s an entrance fee at La Fortuna Waterfall to access the waterfall, in which the funds go directly into maintaining and preserving the property.

You’ll walk down about 500 steps to get to the base of the waterfall. Stop at one of the many viewpoints along the way for beautiful photos of the falls from a different angle.

At the base of the falls, you can swim in the gorgeous Jade colored water. You’ll want your water shoes for climbing over the boulders along the way as the rocks are very slippery.

Note: the current is really strong so inexperienced swimmers should stay near the rocky edges and not get too close to the waterfall.

La Fortuna Hot Springs (one of the best things to do on this 7 days in Costa Rica itinerary)

Tabacon hot springs view of hot springs pool through lush foliage in La Fortuna Costa Rica

Well-known in this area are the naturally occurring thermal hot springs. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) most of the land surrounding the hot springs have been purchased by hotels and resorts, which means you’ll either need to pay to spend the night there or pay for a day pass.

So let’s first talk about the one free hot springs in La Fortuna . It’s just down the road from the popular Tabacon resort. There’s a small parking area near the entrance, and a walking path that leads down to the river.

Like most places in Costa Rica, there’s an unofficial parking lot attendant who ‘watches over your car’ while you’re enjoying the hot springs. You’ll just pay him a few bucks to keep it safe – or risk what may happen otherwise (I don’t actually know – I’ve just always paid it)!

There are a few other places you can find day passes to enjoy the hot springs in La Fortuna. Some of them can be pricey, and often have an option to include a meal with it, which can be worth the cost.

Some of the mosts popular day pass options are at Tabacon , The Springs Resort & Spa and Baldi.

Day 2: La Fortuna (one of the best days on this 7 days Costa Rica itinerary)

Let’s amp up the adventure and views on your 2nd full day in La Fortuna!

Arenal Volcano

arenal volcano view of large volcano peak on a clear day with dense forest

This is what’s drawn visitors to La Fortuna for decades. And it’s beautiful to see in real life!

The best places to experience it are the Arenal Volcano National Park and Arenal 1968 Reserve. The national park is government funded and the reserve is private property.

Both have great hiking trails with classic shots of the volcano. Arenal 1968 Reserve is less crowded and you’ll get equally as beautiful of views.

Taking a guided hike at Arenal Volcano National Park will help you learn the history of the volcano and region as you climb for impressive views of the lake and park. Just remember to wear good shoes for hiking (sandals definitely not recommended here).

You’ll want to spend at least 1/2 day in the park or reserve hiking and soaking up this incredible natural experience! After all, it’s one of the very best things to do in Arenal , Costa Rica!

More things to do in La Fortuna

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For your last afternoon, you have options to explore La Fortuna how you prefer. If you’re staying at a hot springs resort, relaxing is a great way to soak in the latter part of this day. Especially if your morning hike was intense!

Otherwise, booking a tour or visiting another local attraction is a great way to spend the afternoon. Here are some other ideas:

  • White water rafting on the Balsa River
  • Rio Celeste waterfall (1.5 hour drive and requires 3.5 mile hike but it’s stunning!)
  • Kayaking or paddleboarding on Lake Arenal
  • Ziplining in La Fortuna

Best places to stay in La Fortuna

Here are some fun places to stay in La Fortuna. Remember, you can always opt for a vacation rental property on VRBO if you’re looking for more space or a kitchen to make your own food and save some money.

  • Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa. Get instant access to one of the best hot springs in the area by staying on property.
  • Hotel Boutique Casa Del Rio. River views, multiple pools and ultimate relaxation in La Fortuna.
  • Noah’s Forest Hotel. Choose this spot for seclusion, romance and stunning gardens with on-location wildlife.

Monteverde (days 3-4 of this 7 days Costa Rica itinerary)

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🚗Waking up in La Fortuna, hit the road to Monteverde. You’ll curve around Lake Arenal and then south to Monteverde, over 3 hours drive.

Monteverde is home to the Cloud Forest Biological Reserve . It’s a big deal and so much fun to experience in real life! And remember that biodiversity we chatted about earlier? Yep, it’s big here, too!

Day 3: Monteverde (one of the best places to go in Costa Rica)

After traveling to Monteverde, you’ll arrive in the main town of Santa Elena. Grab food in downtown for a quick lunch before heading out to your next adventure!

That afternoon, you’ll want to take some time to experience the the best things to do in Monteverde .

Monteverde Cloud Forest

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One of the top tourist destinations in the country – and certainly the Puntarenas province, visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest is a must-do on this Costa Rica itinerary!

Note: you’ll definitely want to buy tickets in advance or go with a group tour .

If you arrive by 1:00 – 2:00pm, that will give you some time to hit the trails and see some spectacular fauna and hopefully wildlife!

One of the best hikes in the Monteverde Cloud Forest is the Sendero Bosque Nuboso – La Ventana trail. It’s a 3.6 mile loop, and takes you over the continental divide. Watch for the mysterious Resplendent Queztal bird – the notoriously elusive bird which makes it’s home in the Cloud Forest.

Along the hike, you’ll pass overlooks, which are great on a clear day (a rarity). Expect clouds because you’re quite literally in a cloud forest!

A guided tour will help fill you in on the cloud forest’s nature, including spotting certain wildlife. Expect all kinds of amphibians, mammals, birds, insects and so much more!

Remember your grippy shoes and poncho . You’re in the clouds so expect some moisture!

Resplendent quetzal in Monteverde cloud forest view of brightly colored bird sitting on tree branch

Treetop dining experience (one of the most unique things to do on this 7 days Costa Rica itinerary)

If you want a truly authentic and totally unique experience, enjoy a fine dinner amongst the trees! This dinner will get you feeling all the feels in Monteverde!

I recommend make reservations at  San Lucas Treetop Dining Experience . If you can, go at sunset as it’s simply magical.

Note: you’ll need an advance reservation for this dinner. Select a time that works with your time exploring the Cloud Forest, getting cleaned up and driving from your accommodations.

Day 4 of 7 days Costa Rica itinerary: Monteverde

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This full day in Monteverde will have you pinching yourself and asking “is this place even real??”

Grab breakfast in Santa Elena to fuel up for your adventures. I recommend the incredible food (and my husband said the Costa Rican coffee was amazing) at Choco Cafe .

Hanging bridges and zipline in Monteverde

If you’re up for a thrill, you’re going to love this day! Definitely make a reservation in advance to experience one of Monteverde’s top attractions! There are several places where you can experience ziplining over the cloud forest and walking through it via picturesque hanging bridges.

The locals we talked to all  recommended Selvatura Park , so that’s the option in the photos and videos within this guide. But, if you can’t get a reservation there, try Sky Adventures or 100% Adventure Park.

Fly through the air on one of the world’s longest ziplines! It’s truly breathtaking and a travel bucket list check, for sure!

Note: there’s some walking between ziplines so wear comfortable shoes and layers for various weather conditions.

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The hanging bridges are an experience in their own! Walk through trails that take you over as many as 8 suspension bridges, deep in the Costa Rican rainforest.🌿

Most of the walking paths are relatively easy. Depending on which route you choose, you may encounter some incline or some mud based on recent rainfall.

A tour like this in Monteverde will take about 4 hours. What a fun adventure!!

Sloth Sanctuary, Coffee Tour or Monteverde Waterfall

For the afternoon on day 4 of this Costa Rica 1 week itinerary, it’s up to you what you want to do to fill your time. There’s so many activities – you could literally spend a week in Monteverde, exploring and relaxing.

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But since you only have an afternoon before continuing on with the trip, here are a few options:

  • Sloth Sanctuary. Located at Selvatura and hosted by the Caribbean Sloth Sanctuary, you can see sloths that can no longer survive in the wild.
  • Coffee tour. Learn what it takes to process the perfect cup of coffee, from farm to table!
  • Monteverde Waterfall. This road-side surprise will have you hiking down to a picturesque setting in the heart of the Cloud Forest.
  • Horseback riding. Get away from the crowds and see beautiful views, unlike most others will experience on horseback!
  • Downtown Santa Elena. This cute downtown is a fun place to walk around. Admire artwork, go shopping or leisurely dine until your heart’s content.

Where to stay in Monteverde

Whether you want to stay in the clouds of the Cloud Forest or near the action, here are a few recommendations for where to stay in Monteverde.

  • Chira Glamping Monteverde. This unique experience will take your Monteverde adventures over the top!
  • Koora Hotel-a Cloud Forest Resort. Perfect for groups or families, with stunning views.
  • Hotel Heliconia. Enjoy the hot tub and spa oasis on property.

Monteverde to Manuel Antonio (day 5 of this best Costa Rica itinerary)

🚗This is a fun travel day across Costa Rica! The trip is nearly 5 hours in a car including traffic, so this is an opportunity to…

  • Have a slow morning and sightsee along the way.
  • Hustle to take an extra day trip to a dreamy island.

Let’s dive into the details!

Monteverde to Manuel Antonio drive – stops along the way

The scenery is spectacular as you head out of the mountains near Monteverde and start your descent to sea level in Manuel Antonio. The curvy roads are fun to drive on – but just remember there’s a lot of switchbacks and potholes to be cautious of!

Along the route from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and explore a bit. And when you see a scenic overlook – stop! You’ll (likely) only be here once in your life. Soak in the views and grab those photos.❤️

El Roble Costa Rica

By the time you get to El Roble, you’ll likely have been driving around 2 hours. El Roble is a great spot to stretch your legs, grab something to eat or even hit the beach!

Pro tip: pick up pizza and watch the surfers at Boca Barranca. It’s a famous surfing spot where surfers can often ride a wave almost 1km before it breaks!

Tarcoles Bridge (AKA Crocodile bridge, a must-see on this Costa Rica itinerary 7 days)

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It’s a crazy phenomenon in southwestern Costa Rica, and one that you should definitely stop and see if you’re driving from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. Less than an hour down the road from El Roble is the Tarcoles Bridge.

This is a cool stop on the basis that you can see dozens – potentially hundreds – of crocodiles in the river below. The Tarcoles River is home to over 2,000 American Crocodiles . They seem to congregate in the area below the bridge, making it a safe place to view these wild animals in their natural habitat.

Because it’s drawn the interest of tourists, there’s also a few shops, vendors selling artisan crafts and a restaurant nearby. Oh, and a restroom stop as well.

Just don’t drop anything into the water below. You won’t be getting it back!

This is a fun activity, and maybe one of the most expected adventures on this 7 days Costa Rica itinerary.

Jaco sign with multi colors and ocean in distance

One of the best stops on this Costa Rica 1 week itinerary is in Jaco. It would honestly be a great place to stay for a few days, if you have more than a week in this country.

But since you’re on your way from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio, you could stop here for a bit. Grab some lunch and hit the beach!

One of the top things to do in the area – and one that’s relatively unknown to most tourists is to stop by the Jaco sign and see the macaws. The sign is located on Highway 34 south as you’re leaving town. It’s on the edge of the coast, and just beyond that are a group of trees home to macaws.

Park near the Jaco sign and witness beautiful macaws in their natural environment. Look up into the tall trees, or watch them flying above! Macaws mate for life, so you’ll likely see them in pairs. So fun!

Alternative day 5: Isla Tortuga Tour

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Okay so if you’re the kind of person who likes to see alllll the things while on vacation, then this day is for you. It’s action-packed and a long day, but it can be done if you’re determined enough!

Visiting Isla Tortuga is a dream! This beautiful, uninhabited island is a fun day just off the southeastern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula. Take a catamaran tour for snorkeling, beaching and exploring this beautiful island.

Note: you’ll need to book this tour in advance to make it all work!

Starting your day really early in Monteverde, you’ll drive nearly 3 hours to Jaco to make the early morning departure to the marina. (Remember to allow extra time for curvy roads and traffic.) From there, hop on the catamaran and sail about an hour and a half to the island.

Isla Tortuga was once a popular snorkeling destination, and snorkeling is definitely still an option today. However, the reef isn’t as vibrant as it once was, so it’s more of an island destination now. (Remember to always wear mineral sunblock ; chemicals in traditional sunblocks kill our reefs!)

While at Isla Tortuga, you’ll get lunch (as part of your tour), can rent kayaks, go on a nature hike and more.

Returning back to Jaco in the afternoon, check out the macaws and Jaco sign as you make your way down to Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio (days 6-7 of this Costa Rica itinerary)

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Known for its incredible beaches and wildlife, Manuel Antonio is the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. This Costa Rica itinerary has you spending 2 days here and driving back to the airport (in San Jose) at the end of your 2nd day.

Note: if you’re flying back to your home from the airport in Liberia, then you may want to consider the alternative region on this itinerary, Tamarindo, which is detailed below. Otherwise, plan 5-6 hours to drive from Manuel Antonio to Liberia.

Day 6 of this Costa Rica itinerary: Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is known for its incredible national park, beaches and coastal views. This area is a big attraction and for good reason. Nature, wildlife and good food are the themes in this Costa Rican destination.

There’s so many things to do in Manuel Antonio , you could spend an entire week here and not experience it all. But since you only have 2 days here on this Costa Rica itinerary, these are the highlights.

Manuel Antonio National Park (must-see on this best Costa Rica itinerary)

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This is the day to fully explore one of the best places to go in Costa Rica! The Manuel Antonio National Park is a stunning landscape, perfect for the beach lover and nature lover.

First, let’s talk about the amazing beaches within the park. Playa Manuel Antonio is the main beach in the park. It’s great for swimming and sunbathing. It’s also the busiest, so if you want a spot in the shade under a coveted palm tree, get there early!

I also loved Playa Espadilla Sur. This wide open beach had plenty of room to stretch out. The waves are typically a bit bigger here, but still a great spot to lay out a towel and soak in the views.

And if you’re going for a more secluded vibe, head to Playa Gemelas, just a short walk from Manuel Antonio Beach.

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Beyond the beaches, wildlife is abundant in the park. These are the types of animals you might see in Manuel Antonio National Park:

  • 2 Toed Sloth
  • 3 Toed Sloth
  • Howler Monkey
  • White Faced Monkey
  • Squirrel Monkey
  • Variety of reptiles
  • Many species of birds

To see wildlife in the park, it’s best to take a guided tour . The experts know when and where to look for wildlife, increasing your chances exponentially!

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Night tour in Manuel Antonio

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One of the most wild experiences you can have in Costa Rica that aren’t available in most places are night tours in the rainforests. There are many tourist destinations across the country that offer night tours, and one of the best is in Manuel Antonio.

You’ll want to book this tour in advance as it definitely sells out. But on a night tour you’ll get a chance to see the nocturnal creatures in their natural element.

It’s common to see frogs, snakes, tarantulas, sloths, kinkajous and more on a Manuel Antonio night tour.

If you have a fear of anything creepy or crawly – you’ll probably want to skip this. Otherwise, it’s a great opportunity to experience the biodiversity within Costa Rica.

7 days in Costa Rica itinerary: day 7

This is the last day of your Costa Rica 1 week itinerary , so you can truly craft it how you choose! Want to lay on the beach all day? Perfect. Ready for an epic waterfall hike? It’s here. Looking for more thrill on an ATV? Also a good idea.

So, here are the things I’d recommend, but know that you have many more options in this fun coastal town.

🚗 Just remember that if you’re only spending 7 days in Costa Rica, you’ll need to make your way back to San Jose for the airport. Plan your afternoon accordingly, as it takes over 3.5 hours to make the journey from Manuel Antonio to San Jose.

Beach hopping in Manuel Antonio

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This is such a beach destination and offers so many water activities. You can spend the entire day on the beach if you’d like!

One of the best beaches in Manuel Antonio is Playa Biesanz. A fun spot for pretty much any type of beaching you like, Playa Biesanz is away from the main town and national park, and is a bit of adventure to get to.

It’s about a 10 minute walk to get down to the beach from the parking area. Wear your water shoes , which will double as good walking shoes down the varied terrain on the way.

At the beach, you’ll find food and drink for purchase, bathrooms and even kayak, beach chair and umbrella rentals. Oh, and watch for sloths on the trees by the beach – it’s a common sighting here!

Costa Rica itinerary: more things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Depending on how much time you have after beach hopping and before driving, you can hang out in town or book a tour. Here’s what I’d recommend if you have the time!

  • Ziplining. How does 11 ziplines sound? Catch beautiful views of the area as you soar though the air on a Manuel Antonio zipline !
  • Nauyaca Waterfall. This fun adventure is a 1/2 day trip from Quepos (just north of Manuel Antonio). If you’re into waterfalls, this is definitely a tour you’ll want to take!
  • Day trip to Damas Island. Another island adventure on this list? Yes, please! This day trip to Damas Island leaves in the morning, and then you can go beaching in the afternoon.
  • ATV tour. Add more thrill to the last day of your trip with this ATV tour in Manuel Antonio . Such a fun way to spend a few hours!

Any combination of activities you choose on your last day in Costa Rica will be perfect!

Best places to stay in Manuel Antonio

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Alright, to end this amazing 7 days in Costa Rica, I highly recommend a stay at this bucket-list property. The Hotel Costa Verde has traditional style hotel rooms and also offers old airplanes converted to hotel rooms.🤯

And speaking of amazing and unique stays, you’ll love these cave hotels in Cappadocia ! so fun!

Anyway, here are my recommendations for places in Manuel Antonio:

  • Hotel Costa Verde. Choose the ‘sky loft’ for room style to stay in an airplane.
  • Hotel Playa Espadilla & Gardens. Stay close to the beach and near the town action.
  • Hotel Villas Nicolas. This adults-only hotel will provide peace and tranquility while on your Costa Rican vacation.

Alternative Costa Rica itinerary destination: Tamarindo

If you’re looking for the laid-back beachy vibes in Costa Rica and don’t want to make your way as far south as Maneul Antonio, Tamarindo might be a better alternative for your 7 days in Costa Rica.

Also, if your flights are from Liberia, I might suggest you choose Tamarindo instead of Manuel Antonio. The drive from Tamarindo to Liberia is much, much closer than Manuel Antonio and it will give you more freedom to explore and relax.

🚗From Monteverde to Tamarindo is about a 4 hour drive west. If you’re swapping Tamarindo for Manuel Antonio, you can add another day in Monteverde or Tamarindo based on your interests.

What to do in Tamarindo Costa Rica

tan sand beach with palm trees in Tamarindo best Costa Rica itinerary

Located in the Guanacaste Region, Tamarindo is known for its surfing and beaches . It’s also a popular tourist destination if you simply want to hang out at a resort and relax!

Spending 2 days of your 7 days in Costa Rica will be really easy here. Choose between a mix of adventure and relaxation to soak in all the Pure Vida in Tamarindo!

  • Tamarindo Beach. This long stretch of beach has a place for your beach chair or towel, just calling your name! It’s a great way to spend the afternoon soaking up the sun and views of the coast.
  • ATV tour. For adventure and thrill, take an ATV tour ! Anytime you combine an ATV ride on the beach, it’s a win in my book!
  • Learn to surf. One of the best surfing destinations in Costa Rica, Tamarindo is great for beginner surfers. Take a lesson or rent a board to enhance your skills!
  • Volcano Brewing Company. Their tropical beers set the scene for a brewing company in Costa Rica. Relax over a fun meal while enjoying some brews.
  • Kayak the mangroves in Las Baulas National Marine Park. This is such a fun experience! It reminds me of kayaking the mangroves near Anna Maria Island, Florida . So fun!

Of course, you can hang on the beach and find other water sport rentals like kayaks, boogie boards, paddle boarding and more.

Tamarindo is a great place to spend a few days of your 7 days Costa Rica itinerary! Just remember to leave extra time to drive from Tamarindo to Liberia for your flight (or overnight the day before).

Best places to stay in Tamarindo

Whether you prefer staying close to the beach or in a more secluded area, check out these properties in Tamarindo!

  • Ocho Artisan Bungalows. These beach-front bungalows are perfect for ocean views, couples or large groups.
  • Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel. With walking distance to the beach, this adults-only hotel is the perfect vibe for Pura Vida.
  • Tamarindo Garden Boutique Homes. Off-the-beaten-path, this property includes plenty of peace and quiet in Tamarindo.

7 days Costa Rica itinerary – that’s a wrap!

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Can you believe all the adventure, sightseeing and epic experiences you can see in just a week’s time? From amazing beaches to incredible nature, Costa Rica is a destination with a variety of experiences for every travel style.

Pick and choose which activities are suited to your tastes within this guide. Swap out some of these activities for alternatives, or spend more time at the attractions that really interest you!

Hope you have a great time on your 7 days in Costa Rica!

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Wednesday 31st of January 2024

How is the drive from Tamarindo to San Jose airport. We leave Saturday at 7:30 pm and thinking of leaving Saturday morning. Is that doable. thank you

Thursday 1st of February 2024

You should be fine if you leave in the morning. Just add an hour or two for extra drive time. In my experience, if GPS showed a certain amount of time, it takes at least 25% more time (even up to 50% more time) to account for traffic. Slow vehicles are inevitable and most roads aren't built for traffic. Have fun!!

Thursday 19th of October 2023

I've been to Costa Rica several times and love it! The environment and the people are amazing. My favorite places in Costa Rica are Santa Teresa and Nosara, but I haven't made it to Manuel Antonio yet.

Sunday 22nd of October 2023

Oh fun Michelle! I'll trade ya and have to head to Santa Teresa my next visit ;)

I lived in Costa Rica for a while as a child and reading this brought back all the nostalgia. I’m glad you had such a lovely trip, it’s a beautiful place and it looks like you made the most of it!

Oh yay Rose! What a wonderful childhood. 🌿I'm glad this brought back fun memories for you!

simplyjolayne

We visited Costa Rica earlier this year and LOVED it. I would definitely go back.

Oh yay Jolayne! I'd go back in a heartbeat too. Such an amazing destination.

Wednesday 18th of October 2023

A very detailed and helpful guide for first time visitors to Costa Rica. Such diversity and choice of locations and experiences across the island. I particularly would like to experience the cloud forest.

So glad you found this helpful, Marilyn! It's such a fun country with soooo much to do!

Costa Rica: The pros and cons of a guided tour vs a self-organised trip

Costa Rica has so many beautiful spots to chose from.

Not sure if a guided tour is for you? Here’s the pros and cons and more tips on exploring Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is one of the most talked about destinations for 2022. This might be because it reopened its borders in mid 2020 and has stayed open since. So, compared to lots of other countries, you can be fairly sure your trip will go ahead.

Once you’re in Costa Rica, Covid doesn’t have much impact on travel. Masks are required indoors, but restrictions aren’t policed like they are in Europe and the USA. So you can get on with living the ‘pura vida.’

You’ll hear this phrase everywhere you go in Costa Rica. But ‘pura vida’ is more than a greeting. Taking it easy and making the most of life are the national mindset. Given how we’ve all had to live for the last two years, it’s no wonder we’re craving this relaxed way of life.

But what’s the best way to get the most out of Costa Rica? With rainforests, volcanoes, party towns, beaches, extreme adventure, retreats and incredible wildlife, there’s a lot to choose from.

This means it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip. This leads many to opt for a guided tour, especially if it’s your first time in Costa Rica. But for those who have the time to research and plan, and aren’t limited on holiday length, meandering at your own pace might be a better option.

Here we explore what you can expect from a guided tour or going it alone.

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Costa Rica’s travel restrictions

Travellers from all over the world are welcome in Costa Rica, provided they are fully-vaccinated. There’s no time limit on being boosted yet; you simply have to have been double-jabbed with an approved vaccine 14 days prior to your trip. Children under 18 do not have to be vaccinated.

In fact, unvaccinated adults can travel to Costa Rica too, but you’ll have to buy travel insurance to cover Covid expenses and accommodation costs for the duration of your stay.

All travellers must also complete an epidemiological information form to get a Health Pass - you’ll need the QR code from this to get through the airport and begin your adventure.

What to expect on a guided tour of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has so many beautiful spots that it can be overwhelming to narrow it down. Do you head to the Pacific or the Caribbean coast? How will you get around? What if you drive all morning only to find the hike you had planned is rained off? Joining a guided tour means someone else worries about all of this for you. Granted, they can’t control the weather. But they’ll have the experience and contacts to make sure you still have a great day.

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Who is a guided tour suited to and how can you choose the right one?

Guided tours might conjure up images of pensioners dawdling around an overrun tourist attraction. But trust me, tours have moved on from bus trips of the 1980s. They now cater to lots of different demographics and you can choose from action-packed or slower paced itineraries.

Do some research, be clear on what type of holiday you want and you’ll find a trip with like-minded people. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and address any doubts with tour companies - most have online chats so it’s quick and easy to get answers. Read on for a few recommended tours to get you started.

Joining a tour is ideal if you have limited time off work or other responsibilities to get home for. Trips are carefully planned to make the most of every day and ensure easy journeys between stops. For instance, travelling early or late in the day so you can make the most of the sunshine and daylight.

What are the roads like in Costa Rica?

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Costa Rica’s roads are one of the best reasons to take a guided tour. Considering tourism is the country’s second biggest source of income, the roads aren’t brilliant. Around San Jose, the capital, it’s paved highways. But further afield many roads are unpaved and very dusty. If you’re not used to a bumpy ride, journeys can feel very long.

Tours have drivers who know the best routes to take and, maybe most importantly, you’ll be in a safe vehicle that’s designed for these roads - you need a 4x4 to make sure you don’t feel every bump and pothole.

Get off the beaten track to discover the real Costa Rica

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As Costa Rica has had a developed tourism industry for decades, it can sometimes feel like its culture and uniqueness have been lost amongst the resorts and restaurants.

So a tour is a good way to get beneath the surface and visit lesser-known parts. Established tour companies will have connections with local communities that you might not be able to visit by yourself.

You’re also more likely to be a responsible tourist, as your tour leader can brief you on local customs and rules that it’s respectful to observe.

Travelling solo to Costa Rica? Find your tribe on a group tour

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A tour is perfect if you’re a solo traveller. You’re given a readymade set of travel companions and guaranteed company for meals, an aspect of solo travel that many dread. But don’t worry, there’ll be free time in the itinerary so you can have your own space when you need it.

Ready to book? We’ve picked Costa Rica’s best guided tours

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G Adventures’ Ocean Waves & Sunsets is a small group tour designed for ‘young, budget-minded travellers.’ It costs €467 which includes all accommodation (staying in basic hotels or hostels) and transport, with lots of optional extras.

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Intrepid’s brand new Premium Costa Rica trip (9 days, from £2,550/€3,065) includes everything the country is known for. You’ll take in wildlife as you explore the Cano Negro Wetlands and Manuel Antonio National Park with guides. You’ll visit a farm project focused on promoting sustainable agricultural practices while preserving ancient traditions. Plus, the chance to get beneath the surface of San Jose on a city tour with the tour leader.

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Black Tomato’s Pacuare to Papagayo: A Luxury Conservation Adventure in Costa Rica (£6,750/€8,112) takes you from the Pacuare River to Arenal to the Miravalles Volcano Region to Papagayo, with a focus on adventure, sustainability, conservation, and uncompromising luxury. Experiences include hiking to the Nairi Awari Indigenous Territory high in the Talamanca Mountains to learn about the Cabécar culture and hear cosmovision and visiting Proyecto Asis, an important animal rescue centre that specialises in sloth conservation.

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How to organise the best trip to Costa Rica

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Plan when to go carefully

Lots of travellers land in San Jose, hire a car and hit the open road for destinations unknown. This is a great plan - except in high season.

From early December to late January, tens of thousands of tourists flock to Costa Rica, especially from the US where the most visitors hail from. Consequently, accommodation, car hire and restaurants get booked up months in advance. This will vary depending on where in the country you go, of course. But if you want to visit the popular beach towns and areas around the national parks, make your bookings at least two months in advance.

If you want to drive yourself but have the itinerary planned for you, consider a self-guided holiday like this 17-night trip with award-winning operator Pura Aventura .

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Relax and enjoy the ride by hiring a driver

As most of us drive ourselves around at home, hiring a driver when on holiday feels like a real luxury. As mentioned above, Costa Rica’s roads aren’t always easy to drive on. So being driven by a local also means you won’t have to be jolted out of holiday mode by tricky interchanges or an unreliable sat nav.

A driver in Costa Rica will be cheaper than in Europe or the US. Additionally, most drivers will give you a discount if you do more than one journey with them. So work out which stops you’ll need to travel between and work out a deal with them.

Good drivers stay in business because clients recommend them to friends. We found our driver, Jimmy Leiton, through word-of-mouth and we weren’t disappointed. He arrived to pick us up on time, explained what we were seeing along the way and his prices were reasonable. He can be contacted via Whatsapp on (506) 8540 1780.

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Spend your holiday budget as you like

Going it alone is suited to any budget. You can splash the cash or stick to cheaper guesthouses. Locally-run accommodation is the best bet for keeping it cheap, though check if the room has air conditioning and a private bathroom as these don’t always come as standard.

Easy come, easy go

One of the big pluses of not being with a group is that you don’t have to compromise on your route. If you love a beach you’ve stopped at for lunch, you can book a room nearby and soak it up for a few days. Equally, if you find somewhere you’ve landed isn’t quite what you were hoping for, you can easily move on.

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Get friendly with the locals

Costa Rica has a lot of gems that you’ll want to visit on your trip. The most well-known national parks and other attractions are well signposted so easy to reach by car, or ATV quad bike in some cases. But less-visited spots aren’t always easy to find. Replace the need for a tour guide by chatting to locals. Most will be happy to help with directions and flattered that you want to explore their area.

A little Spanish goes a long way

If you’re planning to rely on locals for directions or recommendations, it’s only fair that you try and communicate in their language. So learn the phrases you’re likely to need in advance of your trip. This can also save you money - you’ll find it easier to negotiate if you can do it in Spanish.

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Travellers walking with tour guide in the jungle near Fortuna Waterfall in Costa Rica

Biodiverse, brilliantly colourful and naturally breathtaking, Costa Rica embraces a slower pace of life.

An adventure hotspot for some, a cultural haven for others and a tropical paradise for most, Costa Rica definitely lives up to its translation as the ‘rich coast’. And as you journey under lush jungle canopies and through laidback surf towns, you’ll soon be rich with  memorable experiences.  Lean into the slower pace of life as you become a pro at spotting toucans in Monteverde’s  steamy cloud forests  or listening out for the distant whoop of white-faced capuchins in Manuel Antonio. The phrase ‘hustle and bustle’ isn’t in Costa Rica’s vocabulary, as you’d expect from a country whose unofficial motto is ‘ pura vida ’ – the pure life.

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Costa Rica at a glance

Capital city.

San Jose (population approximately 340,000)

Approximately 5.1 million

(GMT-06:00) Central America

CALLING CODE

Electricity.

Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)

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Culture and customs.

Costa Rican culture can be summed up in two words: 'pura vida', or the pure life. It's as a greeting, farewell and a way to show appreciation. Like any good life motto, pura vida is better experienced than explained. It means being friendly and polite, taking it easy and being thankful for what you have. Costa Ricans' carefree way of life, coupled with living in one of Central America's most progressive and prosperous nations, makes the locals some of the happiest in the world.

You'll find that people in Costa Rica are generally in less of a hurry than most North Americans or Europeans. Following what is affectionately known as 'Tico time', people will often be fashionably late, except for things with schedules – Tico time does not apply at work, the movies or the train station.

Costa Ricans (or Ticos and Ticas) are known for their conflict-averse nature. Peace is so highly valued here that their army was abolished in 1949, with all funds reallocated to create an 'army' of teachers instead.

History and government

Ancient history.

Like most Central American countries, indigenous communities thrived for thousands of years as hunter-gatherers, and it's believed that humans have lived in Costa Rica's jungles and rainforests for as many as 10,000 years. However, with no urbanised civilisation like the Aztecs or Mayans, and little to no cultural preservation during the time of Spanish colonisation, not much is known about Costa Rica's true indigenous populations.

Colonisation, independence and trade

At the time of Spanish colonisation, it was estimated that 400,000 people lived in what is now known as Costa Rica. Christopher Columbus arrived in the region in 1502 on his fourth voyage, leading to the settlement of the first Spanish colony in Costa Rica.

As settlements grew, indigenous populations dwindled due to disease and forced labour. After around a century, the population had fallen to 20,000, and a century later, down to 8000.

In 1821, the Americas broke free of Spanish control following the Mexican War of Independence. Costa Rica became part of the Federal Republic of Central America in 1823 before gaining complete independence in 1838

Costa Rica eventually found its feet in the global coffee trade, and by the end of the century, coffee crops accounted for nearly 90% of Costa Rica's exports and 80% of its foreign income. Not only was coffee production an indicator of wealth in Costa Rica, it was also a powerful political tool prompting the emergence of other industries, including the banana trade, which surpassed coffee exports in the early 20th century.

Costa Rica's economy relies on eco-tourism, and the country has championed the idea that the 'rich coast' refers not to resources dug from the ground but to the natural wonders above ground. The easygoing attitude of Ticos comes from a love of their country and pride that their democracy has endured in a conflict-ridden region.

Eating and drinking

Costa Rican cuisine is wholesome and fresh with influence from  Spanish ,  South American , and  Caribbean  culinary traditions. On the Caribbean coast, you'll find dishes with Afro-Caribbean flair, usually featuring more meats, spices and coconut milk. 

Capital city, San Jose, not only has an up-and-coming food scene but has established itself as the craft beer hub of Costa Rica. Enjoy seasonal samplings on a San Jose Bites and Sites tour with Urban Adventures

What to eat in Costa Rica

  • Gallo pinto Gallo pinto, the most common side dish in Costa Rica and across the Americas is served alongside meals morning, noon and night. It’s made of rice, beans, onions, peppers and spices, and the name translates to ‘speckled rooster’ because of the pops of colour in the rice.
  • Casado If you eat at a ‘soda’ or a traditional Costa Rican restaurant, when travelling, chances are a casado will be on the menu. Although there are multiple variations of this tasting plate, you’ll likely get served up some gallo pinto, fried plantains and salad with either chicken, beef or fish, and freshly squeezed juice, covering all your food groups in one
  • Chifrijo Chifrijo is a common bar snack in Costa Rica. The word is a combination of its two main ingredients – chicharrones (fried pork rinds) and frijoles (beans). The chicharrones and beans are layered together and topped with guacamole and pico de gallo and served with fresh tortilla or plantain chips for dipping.
  • Ceviche While ceviche is probably more often associated with Peru, the Tico version is a delicious variation. Made with raw fish cured in citrus juice, onions, coriander and peppers and served with tortilla chips or fried plantains, this dish is light, refreshing and a great start to a meal.
  • Patacones Patacones are deep-fried green plantains that are ideal for a snack or as a dipping device for chifrijo, guacamole or pico de gallo.
  • Sopa negra Sopa negra is a Costa Rican black bean soup, often flavoured with tomatoes and spices and served with egg and coriander.
  • Rondon Rondon is a seafood chowder that comes from Jamaica. Other Caribbean countries who’ve adopted the recipe have put their own spin on it with their choice of seafood – fish, crab, small lobster – as well as the coconut milk broth and spices.
  • Arroz con leche Sweet tooths can rejoice with this Central and South American dessert staple of arroz con leche – a spiced, sweet rice pudding made with cinnamon, cloves and raisins. Try it as a warming snack or a special dessert.
  • Pejibayes This unusual fruit comes from a type of palm known as the peach palm – the same tree that heart of palm comes from. After boiling for a few hours and discarding the inner seed and outer skin, the fruit is finished with a squeeze of lime or a dollop of mayonnaise to eat the local way. The taste has been likened to a mix between a squash, potato and cashew.

What to drink in Costa Rica

  • Coffee Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world, so you’re set for your caffeine fix during your time in Costa Rica. It has both the ideal soil composition and the perfect elevation to grow the perfect coffee crop, so be sure to sample as many fresh local brews as you can.
  • Alcohol If you’re looking for drinks of the alcoholic variety, try guaro – a liquor made from sugar cane, best enjoyed in a guaro sour (with lime, simple syrup and soda). The craft beer scene is growing quickly here as well, so look for microbrews from a multitude of small local breweries. And if you’re wondering how to say cheers, just say ‘pura vida’ again!
  • Naturales Naturales – sometimes also called refrescos or batidos – are delicious fresh fruit juices blended with either milk or water. You can find them all over the country at small kiosks or booths in a variety of flavours like mango, pineapple and guanabana.

Geography and environment

Costa Rica is known for its incredible beaches and magical rainforests. But the backbone of this coastal nation is truly stunning mountain ranges, many of which contain both active and dormant volcanoes. You’ll also find heaps of waterfalls, lakes and rivers throughout the country. For this reason, adventure sports such as zip-lining, whitewater rafting and cycling are popular in inland destinations such as La Fortuna and Montverde, and adventure-packed activities are a popular way to experience the country.

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Costa Rica’s diverse topography is home to many microclimates, and the temperature and weather can vary dramatically depending on elevation and how close you are to the coast. Rainforests, cloud forests, jungles and mountains exist side by side. The varied land and climate foster over 5% of the world’s total biodiversity.

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Costa Rica is home to over 500,000 species of plants and animals. Those seeking to  spot local wildlife  will be enthralled by Costa Rica’s unique flora and fauna. And the spectacular variety of wildlife isn’t limited to the land – scuba diving is another popular activity, with Costa Rica boasting some of the most beautiful bays, beaches and reefs in the world.

Four of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica

  • Tortuguero National Park One of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets, this national park is the unspoilt paradise you’ve been searching for. Take a dip in Tortuguero’s warm turquoise waters or just relax on the idyllic shores
  • Manuel Antonio A true eco-playground, you can spend a day exploring misty rainforests and searching for sloths and monkeys before cooling off on one of the delightful beaches. Head into Quepos town for some good food and fiery nightlife after the sun sets.
  • Jaco Once a sleepy beach town, Jaco’s proximity to San Jose has made it a one-stop shop for those seeking big waves and even bigger parties. The gateway to national parks and  active adventures , there’s no denying Jaco’s uber-cool surf-town vibe.
  • Corcovado Well off the tourist trail, Corcovado isn’t your average beach experience. Boasting a diversity of colour, landscapes and wildlife, Corcovado is perfect for those seeking beaches with character and charm. Oh, and it’s got the largest primary forest in the American Pacific if you needed another reason to visit. 

Whether you’re buying souvenirs or groceries, your best bet in Costa Rica is to shop at local markets. Head to the Mercado Calle Nacional de Artesania y Pintura (National Craft Market) in San Jose for the best selection of handmade goods and souvenirs. Here you can stroll through dozens of stalls selling handmade hammocks and painted oxcarts as well as t-shirts and shot glasses that say ‘pura vida’. San Jose's Mercado Central is also a great place to grocery shop and pick up souvenirs, and vendors offer everything from fresh produce to coffee to leather goods.

You’ll often see carved wooden masks for sale but, while all of them are beautiful, for a truly authentic mask you can should aim to buy directly from indigenous communities who make them.

As in any destination, check that any souvenirs made from natural materials have been ethically sourced. Avoid buying products made from rainforest woods that were not sustainably harvested,  sea turtle  shells and other animal products. Before heading home, check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand, for example, have strict quarantine laws regarding some materials, such as food and wooden objects.

Festivals and events

Costa Ricans definitely know how to throw a party, and place a lot of importance on food, family and community. Many Costa Rican festivals celebrate the country’s farming and ranch heritage, and a lot have a Catholic element. No matter which festival you’re celebrating, you’re pretty much guaranteed a deep dive into Tico culture. Here are a few of the biggest festivals in Costa Rica:

Las Fiestas de Zapote

This festival, celebrated from Christmas until New Year’s Eve every year in the town of Zapote, is a week-long fiesta. It’s home to the biggest rodeo in Costa Rica, many carnival games, as well as rides and food stalls.

Palmares Fiestas

After the festivities of Christmas, New Year’s and the Zapote festival have wound down, it’s time for the Palmares festival. In mid-January, more than one million Ticos and tourists head to the town of Palmares for one of the largest festivals in Costa Rica. Revellers drink beer, enjoy food, listen to international acts and watch traditional bullfighting and the ‘tope’ – a horse parade through the streets.

Fiesta de los Diablitos

The ‘Festival of the Little Devils’ is celebrated twice each year (in December and February) in the indigenous communities of Boruca and Rey Curre. The festival celebrates the triumph of the original inhabitants over the Spanish conquistadors, with dancing and performances featuring costumes and painted masks.

Limon Carnival

If you’re travelling to Costa Rica in October, you’ll probably find yourself in the festive spirit as you touch down, as this is the month of Carnival. Notably, it’s when the Caribbean town of Puerto Limon celebrates this annual festival, with elaborate costumes, floats, parades and food stalls aplenty, spread across two weekends.

Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Costa Rica adventure, check out these books:

  • Green Phoenix: Restoring the Tropical Forests of Guanacaste, Costa Rica – William Allen
  • The Ticos: Culture and Social Change in Costa Rica – Mavis Hiltunen Biesanz
  • Off the Map – Dorien Kelly
  • The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics  – Steven Palmer and Ivan Molina
  • Mamita Yunai – Carlos Luis Fallas
  • Unica Looking at the Sea – Fernando Contreras Castro
  • Monkeys are made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica – Jack Ewing

Costa Rica travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

Year-round tropical warmth means there really isn’t a bad time to visit Costa Rica. December to April are normally the driest months; however, Costa Rica’s diverse topography and blanket of rainforests suggest that you should be prepared for at least some rain any time of the year – a very small price to pay for such lush surrounds.

The good news is that even during the rainiest of seasons, the rainfall tends to be limited to a couple of hours a day – just enough time for you to enjoy a cup of Costa Rica's acclaimed coffee in one of its many cafes.

The most popular time to visit Costa Rica is between December and March – the driest and hottest months along the Pacific Coast. May to October brings the most rainfall across the country, but this is dependent on region, as the wetter seasons are extended on the Osa Peninsula and northern sections of the Caribbean Coast.

Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

Generally, Costa Rica grants visas to most countries’ passport holders for a period of 90 days, providing travellers have a valid passport, a return or onward ticket and their trip is for leisure. Some countries’ citizens must apply for a visa before leaving their home country, but most do not.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of your tour itinerary for more information. This is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 14/12/2023

Is tipping customary in Costa Rica?

While tipping isn't mandatory in Costa Rica, rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is standard practice. Many restaurants do add a service charge to the final bill which is usually a 10% gratuity; however, 500 colones (or around USD 1) of local currency is an appropriate extra amount.

What is the internet access like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica's cities and tourist centres have wi-fi and internet access available in hotel lobbies and internet cafes. Internet access is less available in rural and remote areas.

Can I use my mobile while in Costa Rica?

Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Costa Rica's cities and metropolitan areas, although expect limited coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone while in Costa Rica, but, be sure to check with your service provider first to find out about any fees you may incur, as sometimes this can be expensive.

Costa Rica has one state-owned phone provider – Kolbi – as well as a selection of private companies, should you wish to purchase a SIM while abroad. Depending on what connection and coverage you need during your stay in Costa Rica, a prepaid option with one of these providers may be the cheapest way to go.

What are the toilets like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica's toilets are a mixture of flushable and squat toilets, so be prepared to encounter both. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap or hand sanitiser, as these aren't always provided.

What will it cost for a...?

Costa Rica's unit of currency is the colón (CRC). Here's what you can expect to pay for a:

  • Cup of coffee = 500 CRC
  • Naturales (fresh fruit drink) = 1600 CRC
  • Bottle of beer = 1100 CRC
  • Lunch at a soda (local restaurant) = 3200 CRC
  • Dinner in a restaurant = 5000-9000 CRC

Can I drink the water in Costa Rica?

Although tap water is considered safe to drink in Costa Rica's cities, it's probably a good idea to avoid drinking tap water in Costa Rica. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying small bottles of water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this, so you’re able to use a reusable bottle. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and to peel fruit and vegetables rather than eating washed or unwashed produce.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Costa Rica?

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash, so be sure to have a combination of both when travelling.

What is ATM access like in Costa Rica?

ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, come prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren't always an option.

What public holidays are celebrated in Costa Rica?

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 11 April: Juan Santamaria Day
  • April: Maundy Thursday (the day before Good Friday)
  • April: Good Friday (the Friday before Easter)
  • April: Easter Sunday
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 25 July: Guanacaste Day
  • 2 August: Our Lady of Los Angeles Feast Day
  • 15 August: Mother’s Day
  • 15 September: Independence Day
  • 16 October: Natural Cultures Day
  • 25 December: Christmas Day

Please note:  Costa Rica public holidays may vary.

Is Costa Rica safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Generally speaking, Costa Rica is a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers. Same-sex relationships are legal and, in 2015 Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognise gay relationships; however, recognition of same-sex marriage is currently pending government approval. In many places in Costa Rica, public displays of affection might attract unwanted attention, but there are a few places in Costa Rica with a thriving LBGTQI scene. Quepos has long been known as the LGBTQIA+ capital of Costa Rica, and the actual capital, San Jose, has a good number of gay bars and clubs.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting   Equaldex  or   ILGA   before you travel.

If you are travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

What is the weather like in Costa Rica?

Being in the deep centre of Central America, Costa Rica gets hot and oh so humid. However, there’s a whole number of microclimates inside its borders – that’s a fancy way of saying that the terrain is pretty hilly – so depending where you are in the country, the temperature may fluctuate. Generally speaking, Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate year-round with temperatures averaging at 18°C minimum and 27°C maximum.

Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast has tropical heat almost all year round. March is the driest and hottest month, and May to October brings the wet season to the region. The Western Central Valley, including cities like San Jose, indirectly follow the Pacific Coast’s weather trends.

The Caribbean Coast has pretty steady rainfall all year round with no distinct dry season. September to October and February to March are considered the best months to travel to this side of the country as they are drier than most, but still experience rainfall. The Eastern Central Valley usually follows a similar weather pattern.

Is Costa Rica accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Much of Costa Rica’s travel highlights are based around the coast and in nature, so depending on travellers’ level of mobility, this may present obstacles. Many national parks are difficult to visit for travellers using a wheelchair, as jungle paths are mostly remote and not stable. Manuel Antonio does have wider paths and more accessible routes to venture into the rainforest, and the wide boardwalks and beaches are wheelchair friendly. The capital, San Jose, is a bit tricky to get around, with rough sidewalks and a lack of ramps. There are, however, taxi companies in the capital that offer wheelchair-accessible vans.

If you do live with a visual, hearing or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What to pack for a trip to Costa Rica

Packing for a trip to Costa Rica doesn't have to be difficult as long as you take into account the weather conditions you're likely to experience while you're over there. This means packing lightweight, comfortable clothing, walking shoes for exploring, appropriate sun protection items like sunscreen and hats, and a backpack so you can carry your camera and a reusable drink bottle. 

What language is spoken in Costa Rica?

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, however, there are five indigenous languages that are still spoken throughout the country, as well as a mixture of English, Portuguese, German, and French spoken by a percentage of the population. 

How do I stay safe and healthy while travelling?

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before travelling?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Does my trip support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe. Find out more or make a donation World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief provides people in low-income communities with bicycles to mobilise school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas – giving them access to vital education, healthcare, and income. Donations help provide Buffalo Bicycles – specifically designed to withstand the rugged terrain and harsh environment of rural regions – to those who need them most. Find out more or make a donation

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