From wildlife-filled forests to still-simmering volcanoes, our holidays to Costa Rica reveal landscapes ripe for exploring.
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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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.
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.
Playa Conchal translates as ‘Shell Beach’. And once you step foot on its sands you’ll see why. Instead of golden grains, the perfect curve is made of ground up shells and corals that’ve washed up over millions of years, resulting in an iridescent pink-and-white glow. It’s also unlike other Pacific Coast beaches in that its waters are almost transparent, which makes Playa Conchal a hit with snorkellers.