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Costa Rica

Jungles, volcanoes, beaches & more

Anything is possible in Costa Rica. With tropical rainforests, laid back surfer beaches, moody volcanoes and bustling cities, it's hard to beat a Costa Rican adventure. Ride rapids in La Fortuna, hike through lush cloud forests in Monteverde or laze on jungle-fringed beaches - Costa Rica is the perfect destination for adventure seekers.

Feel the Energy

Get down with nature and take on the jungles and adrenaline filled atmosphere of Costa Rica! From ziplining through the rainforest and white water rafting to plunging into hot volcano springs and relaxing on idyllic beaches - Costa Rica will get you enjoying the very best of the great outdoors and allow you to embark on your very own tropical adventure! Discover the ins and outs of the country and immerse yourself in its vibrant local culture. From boho beach hangouts and invigorating surf to Caribbean cuisine and colourful local wildlife, Costa Rica is the perfect destination kick back and leave the hectic behind...

How to get there

You can fly to the capital San Jose from a number of US airports, and from there you can explore Costa Rica and the rest of Central America with ease. Whatever fare you're looking for, returns, multi-stops or student name it, we got it! Search to find the cheapest flights to Costa Rica with exclusive fares for students and those under 26.
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When to visit

Costa Rica has a tropical climate, so it has rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season starts from mid-May to the end of November, with the highest amount of rainfall between August and November. It's still good to visit the coastal and touristy areas during the early part of the low season but off the beaten track travel becomes harder. The best surfing can also be found on the Pacific coast during this time. 

Dry season between December and April still sees some tropical showers but this is peak time to travel. Book your accommodation well in advance if travelling during this time.


Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs

Highly active until 2010, Arenal Volcano is picture perfect with its conical shape and lush surrounding greenery and wildlife. Its many trails are popular with visitors, and rightly so with their richly exotic feel. Nearby are volcanic hot springs, perfect for taking a dip into after a long trek and winding down amidst an idyllic rainforest setting.
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Costa Rica's Coast

From the rugged Pacific to the balmy Carribean, Costa Rica bridges two seas and is home to incredible jungle lined beaches. From catching waves and chilling under palm trees to turtle conservation projects, Costa Rica's coast pleases all. Hit Pavones and Playa Grande for renowned surf, Dominical and Montezuma for laidback beach towns, and Cahuita and Puerto Viejo for vibrant Afro-Carribean vibes.
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National Parks & Reserves

You can't help smiling at those happy sloth faces! Costa Rica is home to a host of amazing wildlife with numerous national parks and gorgeous countryside. From the coffee plantations of the Central Valley and the lush greenery of Guanacaste, to the incredible Nauyaca waterfalls and protected marine life of Marino Ballena - for lovers of the great out doors, Costa Rica is a paradise.
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Volunteer Costa Rica - 15 days
Unspoilt cloud forests, Pacific Coast surf, rugged volcanic and beach landscapes make this country the perfect place for voluntouring. Spend five days on a remarkable sea turtle conservation project, assisting little hatchlings get to the water on Matapalo Beach.
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Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation - 7 Days
This Pacific sea turtle project fights to improve the chance of survival for endangered turtle hatchings on Matapalo Beach. It's a fantastic experience for someone who cares about wildlife and the environment and wants to get hands on experience in a beautiful location.
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Costa Rica Tours
As Central America's capital of adventure, Costa Rica is the sort of destination that lends itself to group tours. Our tour packages will have you zip lining through rainforests, rafting down world-famous rapids, trekking to volcanoes and taking a dip at the foot of waterfalls.
Central America Bus Passes
Hop-on hop-off bus travel is a great choice for transport around Central America, so you can use Costa Rica as you starting point to explore Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and beyond!

Need a little more inspiration? Visit our travel blog!

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