A haven for biodiversity, weird and wonderful wildlife and something the locals call ’pura vida’…
Costa Rica Tours
Discover the full spectrum of Costa Rica’s wildlife with Exodus’s unforgettable tours. Home to a gloriously diverse ecosystem, which accounts for 5% of the world’s plant and animal species this natural wonderland is a haven for nature-lovers.
A holiday in Costa Rica is a must if you love nature. Many of the places you’ll visit are privately owned lodges that permit only small groups at any one time, and are set up to protect the land, enabling you to enjoy the wildlife.
You can zip line through the mist-shrouded canopies of the cloud forest, where the roars of howler monkeys echo through the valleys, or glide through the tranquil canals of Tortuguero National Park. On our summer trips to Costa Rica, enjoy desert-island moments on white beaches. You might even see green turtle hatchlings scramble down the sand towards the Caribbean Sea.
Our Costa Rica tours let you see it all. Scroll down to view our range of itineraries, or get in touch today if you have any questions.
View our current travel guide for Costa Rica here.
Looking to book an unforgettable holiday with a group of your friends or family? With our Private Group Adventures, you can now experience a special trip to Costa Rica with the people who matter the most.
Enjoy the freedom of travelling with your own private group, with the flexibility to choose your departure date and even add extra days to your tour, should you wish to see more of this vivid, fascinating country.
So, if you’d like to celebrate your birthday with friends, a wedding anniversary, or simply book a holiday to Costa Rica with the people you love most, let us know your group size and dates, and we’ll take care of the rest.
1. Arenal Volcano: Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano until recently, when it entered a resting phase. There is still geothermal activity in the area though, so you can view the slopes of this sleeping giant while relaxing in the soothing waters of one of the region’s many hot springs.
2. Monteverde:The cloud forests of Monteverde are a lush, misty paradise, home to countless plant species and an amazing array of wildlife, including the notoriously shy, resplendent quetzal. The local reserves have miles of walking trails, and thrill-seekers can strap in for zip lining over the forest canopy.
3. Manuel Antonio National Park: Set on the azure Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio is the smallest of Costa Rica’s many national parks, but it boasts some of the country’s best and most beautiful beaches. The park is known for its more laid-back, relaxing trails where all types of travellers can enjoy the huge variety of plants and animals.
4. Tortuguero: The remote town of Tortuguero, on the Caribbean coast, is one of the world’s major nesting grounds for both green and leatherback turtles. In the nesting seasons (April-May and July-October), you can join a local guide and head on a captivating adventure to see groups of turtles laying eggs in the sand.
What the experts say?
Our holiday tours to Costa Rica combine everything that makes this Central American nation special: soaring scenery, one-of-a-kind nature, and that laid-back, pura vida lifestyle the country is well known for. Our customers and reviewers agree:
“We waited for three years for the Discover Costa Rica trip, and it was so worth the wait. It’s such an amazing country – and you could see the people who worked in the tourism industry went through a lot because of the pandemic, so we were really glad to be there and give back to these communities. We think it was probably one of the best holidays we’ve ever had. It has made a deep and lasting impression on all of us.”
Costa Rica is located towards the bottom of Central America, bordered to the north by Nicaragua and Panama to the south, Caribbean Sea to the east, the Pacific to the west.
Is Costa Rica safe?
Yes, Costa Rica is generally safe to visit. Stable and peaceful for well over a century, UK government advice states that most visits are trouble-free, and there are no restrictions or warnings on entering the country at the time of writing.
That said, hurricane season lasts from June to November, and travellers should take care when swimming, due to the high number of riptides on the country’s coast. If you have any questions regarding safety during your trip, please get in touch and our experts will be happy to answer them.
What is the time zone in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica uses Central Standard Time, or GMT-6.
How long is a flight to Costa Rica?
Flights from the UK to Costa Rica typically take between 10 to 12 hours direct, depending on weather, flight path, and other factors. Get in touch with our team before you book to find out more about your likely journey time if you choose to have Exodus arrange flights for you as part of your package.
Do I need a visa to tour Costa Rica?
No, you will most likely not need a visa. According to government travel advice, as of December 2022, any British national touring Costa Rica for up to 90 days can do so without needing to arrange a visa.
When should I start planning my tour?
Whenever you’d like! One of the many benefits of planning Costa Rica tours with Exodus is that we do most of the legwork for you, so you don’t always have to plan too far in advance.
We do recommend, however, that you let us know your interests and the types of places you’d like to explore, whether that’s beaches and mountains or rainforests and volcanoes, for example. That way, we can help you build the most perfect Costa Rica trip possible.
It’s also advisable to allow yourself enough time to organise passports, visas, and vaccinations when necessary. Be sure to check with our team on the most up-to-date travel advice.
What are the highlights of Costa Rica Holidays?
Home to simmering volcanoes, exotic beaches, and dense rainforests, Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. It covers only 0.03% of the Earth’s surface, yet is home to around 5% of its total flora and fauna.
On our tours, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close to magnificent creatures such as green turtles, scarlet macaws, two-toed sloths, and noisy howler monkeys swinging through the misty forests.
Our Costa Rica holidays not only introduce you to the diverse landscape’s colourful wildlife and extraordinary national parks, but you’ll also be immersed in local culture and experience adrenaline-fuelled activities too. Zip lining, hiking, boating – there’s so much to get involved in.
When is the best time to visit Costa Rica ?
Owing to its tropical climate and warm temperatures, travelling to Costa Rica is enjoyable all year round. Although there are rainy seasons (also known as green seasons), rainfall generally only lasts for a couple of hours.
The best time to visit Costa Rica depends on your personal preference. Between December and April is a popular time for enjoying drier and sunnier tours of Costa Rica along the Pacific coast. For the Caribbean coast, the driest and hottest months are between March and September.
Also, you need to consider the wildlife that you’d like to see. For instance, between July and October is a good time to see green turtles nesting at Tortuguero National Park, while December to April is a good time for Orca whale watching.
Where are the best places to visit in Costa Rica?
Our tours in Costa Rica are packed with immersive trips, experiences and adventures that take you to the heart of the country.
From biodiverse jungles and dramatic volcanoes to tropical coastlines, our Costa Rica holidays aim to guide you through all the best places. Wildlife lovers should visit Monteverde Cloud Forest to see incredible species of birds; Tortuguero for its green, hawksbill, and leatherback turtles; and Tamarindo for its gorgeous beaches on the Pacific coast.
Arenal Volcano National Park and La Fortuna are also well worth visiting. There, you can witness the imposing volcano, hot springs, and wildlife such as jaguars, tree frogs, and white-faced capuchin monkeys.
Can you fly direct to Costa Rica from UK?
Our flight-inclusive Costa Rica tours fly direct from London using either British Airways or Air France scheduled services. We recommend that you speak with our sales team prior to your Costa Rica holiday to check flight timings and schedules as they can change regularly.
What type of food can I get in Costa Rica?
Being a tropical country, Costa Rican cuisine uses fresh, vibrant ingredients largely made up of fruits and vegetables, simple meats, stews, and soups.
There are several specialities to try while you’re travelling. Gallo pinto, a breakfast dish consisting of rice and black beans; casado, a combination of salad, beans, rice, fried plantains, and meat; and olla de carne, a flavoursome stew with carrots, taro root, plantains, corn, cassava, and cuts of beef.
Why choose Exodus for your Costa Rica tour?
Choose to travel with Exodus and benefit from stress-free travel that lets you book confidently.