Costa Rica’s Calling
It’s the destination on everyone’s lips. Plum in the middle of North and South America, Costa Rica acts as a bridge between the two continents. As such, the landscape offers up a real pick and mix of must-sees ranging from tropical beaches through to soaring volcanoes by way of dense rainforests.
A Garden of Eden
Book a holiday to Costa Rica and you can be clambering through cloud forests one day and delving into valleys the next. And because a quarter of the country is protected, you’ve got national parks, wildlife havens and nature reserves on tap.
The key to this place is its name, which translates as ‘Rich Coast’. Holidays to Costa Rica open up all the soft sands and swaying palms you’d expect from a place dubbed paradise on earth.
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Playa de Matapalo
If you’re looking for a fly-and-flop escape, this is the place to come because other than a beach and a couple of hotels, there’s not a whole lot more to this pretty corner of Costa Rica. But what a beach it is. Serving up soft, pale sands and surrounded by gently rolling hills and jungle-covered mountains, this half-moon bay is one of Mother Nature’s starlets.
Looks-wise, this resort is everything you’d expect from a long-haul beach town – it boasts a long ribbon of sand edged by a thick curtain of palm trees. Don’t be surprised to see monkeys playing in the canopies. The bay itself is beautiful and is often filled with moored up yachts.
Papagayo Bay is made up of a string of white sandy beaches, each with their own stunning vistas. Work your way around the bay and you’ll be treated to views of everything from volcanic peaks smothered in tropical forest to craggy headlines sheltering deserted white sands. The Pacific here is warm year-round and watersports are everywhere. Take your pick from snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking or paddle boarding, to name just a few.