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Costa Rica Holidays
Costa Rica with A&KTiming is everything. And local knowledge. A returning guest recently told us how our guide gave her precise advice on when to head to her eco lodge deck to witness whales breaching off Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Almost to the second, several humpbacks entered stage left for an afternoon matinee of joyous breaching and tail slapping.
Brilliant, passionate and highly qualified guides are, of course, de rigeur for A&K. Along with the best 4WD vehicles - crucial for accessing the superbly protected wilderness - and long established local contacts, we offer seamless travel through a country washed by both Pacific and Caribbean waters, and through its Central American neighbours.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to Costa Rica and you'll discover a heaven for anyone interested in tropical wildlife, flora and fauna. It has several spectacular protected reserves, the result of the region's most enlightened conservation policies.
The cream of the crop is the Osa Peninsula's rainforest, surrounded by the beaches and inlets of the Corcavado National Park. Its jungle-swaddled lodges offer superb hiking with the chance of spotting tapir and ocelo; birding - hummingbirds, toucans and macaws are just the start - and dolphin and whale spotting trips in the Golfo Dulce.
Its Pacific coast also boasts the stunning Nicoya Peninsula with its mountain backdrop, and the small but perfectly formed Manuel Antonio National Park, threaded with forest trails. Expect to find everything from squirrel monkeys to two-toed sloths, super beaches and quiet riot of activities from rafting to canopy tours and sports fishing.
For those who prefer sunrise to sunset, the Caribbean coast's Tortuguero National Park offers a rare, carefully monitored, opportunity to watch green and leatherback turtles coming ashore at night to nest on the honey coloured sand. Combine it with day trips through the natural web of waterways that riddle the coastal forest and mangroves, watching out for iguanas and alligators.
And while it might be slim, you'll discover Costa Rica has a fascinating interior. The Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, offering mellow mountains mist, verdant vegetation and well-marked trails, is a serene contrast to the famous Arenal Volcano, violently spewing rocks, lava and sparks. Yet another mesmerising act in Costa Rica's potent natural drama.
Best time to be there
December to March is generally considered the dry season. Temperatures rise in April and the rains arrive on the Pacific side from May to November. The Atlantic side has no specific dry season but there is less rainfall between March and September.
San Jose - daily via Madrid
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No mandatory vaccinations required
Suggested itineraries in Costa Rica
Quintessential Costa Rica
Nights: 12 | from £2,820
Visit bio diverse Tortuguero, Arenal’s stunning rainforest, Monteverde’s cloud forest reserve and surfer’s paradise Tamarindo: it’s all possible on this 12 night tour.
Turtles and Toucans
Nights: 13 | from £3,195
Explore Costa Rica’s lesser-known spots and look out for nesting turtles and tropical birds before heading to the pristine beaches of the Pacific shores.
Quintessential Costa Rica and Panama
Nights: 13 | from £3,995
A 13 night odyssey that will see you explore tropical landscapes, lush highlands, spectacular coastlines and charming villages as well as the impressive Panama Canal.
Highlights of Costa Rica
Nights: 9 | from £2,345
Visit the world’s largest active volcanic crater, explore Arenal’s majestic rainforest and head to Saint Teresa for a spot of R&R on this 9 night itinerary.
Active Costa Rican Adventure
Nights: 13 | from £3,195
Tropical forests, jungle landscapes, soaring volcanic peaks and world-class surfing; what more could you wish for on this 13 night Costa Rican adventure?