Explore the Best of costa-rica

One of the world’s most desirable emergent destinations, Costa Rica shares a coastline with both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It has a delicate, awe-inspiring eco system and a wealth of responsible tourism programmes and conservation projects., working with everything from turtles to howler monkeys. It also boasts some of the most impressive luxury eco-accommodation options in Latin America. Costa Ricans enjoy the highest life satisfaction of any nation on earth (according to a “Happiness Index” ranking 143 countries). Their frequent smiles and easy laughter can be quite contagious and you will relish your time volunteering alongside them. This may be reflected in the most common words you’ll hear in Costa Rica; “Pura Vida” (literally pure life), it is used for all manner of situations including; as a greeting, as a good bye, to express satisfaction, to politely express indifference or even as a response to thanks



Surrounded by lush green forests and banana plantations, this popular city was once just a small port town. Located at the junction of the Puerto Viejo River and Sarapiqui River, this is quickly becoming a popular destination for adventure-seeking tourists [read more]


Some of the country’s most famous residents live here. The ‘Land of Turtles’ is a small village on the outskirts of the Tortuguero National Park. The beaches in the area are home to four species of sea turtle, with nesting [read more]

San Jose and Central Valley

One of the region’s most vibrant and ascendant cities, San Jose sits at almost 4,000ft above sea level, meaning a year-round temperate climate. The traffic and infrastructure may be less than perfect, but when you’ve some of the finest museums [read more]

Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula is a peninsula located in southwestern Costa Rica, in the Puntarenas Province, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Golfo Dulce to the east.

Pacuare River rafting

The twisting gorge of the Pacuare River, surrounded by sheer green walls, attracts fans of rafting from all over the world. Beginners can start in the relatively gentle waters, while old hands can head straight for the challenging white-water challenges. [read more]


The main draw for visiting is the famed Cloud Forest Reserve, a heavily forested area brimming with wildlife and exotic fauna. Navigate the jungle with expert guides, and use zip lines and suspension bridges to cut through the trees and [read more]

Manuel Antonio

This smallish national park nevertheless offers a wealth of options.for sightseeing. The more passive visitor may want to let the wildlife come to them and take snaps of the local monkey population as they lay on the beach. A two-three [read more]


This area has always been somewhat separated from the rest of the country (it was once annexed by Nicaragua), and has its own regional flavours and customs. The white sand beaches are popular escape spots, though, especially the more glamorous [read more]

Bahia Ballena

You will be amply rewarded with wide beaches washed by lazy breakers, palms swaying on the shore, and a hot, serene and very quiet atmosphere. This will no doubt change, as more people discover Bahía Ballena, but for the time [read more]


The smoking crater of Arenal volcano sits almost 5,500ft above the lush green valley and surrounding forest. The region is a wonderland for adventure and activities, with almost everything possible. Rainforest hikes, white-water rafting and horseback riding are just a [read more]

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