Costa Rica

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SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN COSTA RICA.

Why is Costa Rica the most sought-after destination in Central America? While convenience is certainly a factor (flights to San José are just five hours from New York and under four hours from many other US gateways), it only represents a small fraction of this destination’s charm. Costa Rica’s allures are vast: its temperate climate, friendly residents, and geographic variety only begin to scratch the surface of its enchantment.

—— IMAGE GALLERY

Costa Rica map
CAPITAL  SAN JOSE

LANGUAGE  SPANISH

CURRENCY  COLON

READ  THE QUETZAL & THE MACAW

TASTE  GALLO PINTO

SIP  REFRESCO

EXPERIENCE  ZIP-LINING IN MONTE VERDE

Costa Rica resembles a continent in miniature: two coastlines, four mountain ranges, dozens of rivers, forests and wide savannahs, compressed into an area smaller than West Virginia.

Costa Rica Osa beach sunset

Such concentrated variety enables travelers to combine destinations; a volcano, rainforest, and beach can be included in the same itinerary without difficulty. Other highlights include hot springs, waterfalls, reefs, and islands.

Golfito clouds

These diverse biomes have attracted visitors for eons. Ancestor species crossing the land bridge settled in, and today Costa Rica is astonishingly biodiverse. With only 0.03% of the planet’s landmass, this tiny nation contains an estimated 5% of the world’s species.

Caribbean coast

Taxonomy is a minor national pastime. Citizens submit their finds to the National Biodiversity Institute, discovering one new species approximately every three days. To preserve these natural treasures, nearly 2.9 million acres—over 25% of the country’s territory—are protected as national parks and reserves.

Strawberry Frog

Options for enjoying Costa Rica’s wild areas are equally diverse. Active pursuits such as white-water rafting, surfing, and zip-line tours can be blended into a trip with sunset sailing, forest walks and whale watching.

kayaking

Variety is also expressed in Costa Rica’s assortment of boutique hotels and lodges—a collection unparalleled in Central America. We travel regularly to Costa Rica, inspecting these properties, discovering vacation options and sampling activities.

Cocos Island
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Rafting Huacas

WHITEWATER RAFTING IN COSTA RICA

Nearly every region in Costa Rica offers whitewater rafting—usually as a full-day excursion. Some areas, like Manuel Antonio and Turrialba, have several rivers of varying intensities.

—— DESTINATIONS

ARENAL

CARTAGO & TURRIALBA

CENTRAL NICOYA

COCOS ISLAND

DOMINICAL

JACO & ESTRELLOS

MANUEL ANTONIO

MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST

NORTHERN NICOYA

NORTHERN VOLCANOES

SAN GERARDO DE DOTA

SAN JOSE & THE CENTRAL VALLEY

SARAPIQUI

SOUTH CARIBBEAN

SOUTHERN NICOYA

SOUTHERN PACIFIC

THE OSA PENINSULA & CORCOVADO

TORTUGUERO

TRAVEL
GUIDES

MACHU PICCHU

Machu Picchu is a city of gods. In the same breath, it bears witness to the power of the human imagination. Towering amongst the clouds, suspended between the Amazon and Andes, each rock seems hitched to the moon, sun, and stars.