Costa Rica At A Glance

At a Glance Highlights Ways you can Help When to Visit Sample Itinerary & Pricing AccommodationOne 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  

Ways you can help

Repairs and Renovations

Key Highlights in Costa Rica

    • Make a difference caring for animals at a wildlife center
    • Gain a sense of satisfaction by renovating a children’s center
    • Marvel at Poas Volcano and compare with Arenal Volcano
    • Learn about coffee production on a Fair Trade farm
    • Go on safari in search of jaguar, sloth, puma, monkeys and more
    • Relax in hot springs, on the beaches, surf, snorkel or dive
    • Be in awe at turtle laying or hatching (seasonal)
    • Take canopy tours for tree top views
    • Thrill with zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking
    • Enjoy epic horse riding

Sample Pricing

The price for a 10 day trip to Costa Rica costs from $6,650 (£5,374, €6,306) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. Flights are excluded, but we can arrange these for you.

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Useful Information

Flight Time from UK
13 hours
Flight Time from New York
5.5 hours
Flight Time from San Francisco
8 hours
Time Zone
GMT -6 hours
When to Visit
Jan Feb Mar Apr Dec

Eco-luxury Hotels

Lapa Rios - Osa Peninsula

Lapa Rios

1,000 acres of private nature reserve surround this hotel in the wilderness. The Corcovado National Park provides the backdrop to this ecotourism project, 350 feet above sea level. Sixteen thatched bungalo...

Playa Cativo - Osa Peninsula

Playa Cativo

Accessible by boat, Playa Cativo ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach/jungle stay. Surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park and across from Osa Peninsula and Corcovado, this eco-lodge offers the...

Villa Buena Onda - Osa Peninsula

Villa Buena Onda

Villa Buena Onda is a luxury, adults only 7-room hotel located in Guanacaste. Perched along the hillside overlooking Playas del Coco, relax, unwind and allow yourself to be a bit spoiled on your vacation. ...

Pacuare Lodge - Pacuare River rafting

Pacuare Lodge

The white waters of the neighboring Pacuare River provide an exciting dash of aquatic adventure, and this luxury eco-lodge is a welcome sight to break up your rafting. Dashing wooden bungalows look out int...

Finca Rosa Blanca - San Jose and Central Valley

Finca Rosa Blanca

You probably haven’t stayed on a coffee plantation before, but now you have the opportunity in this wonderful inn. Thirteen suites are peppered around the grounds, and guests are encouraged to take one o...

Xandari - San Jose and Central Valley


A friendly hotel with bright villas set within 40 acres of tropical gardens, with a spa, delicious Costa Rican cuisine and inspiring views over San José. Just a 20-minute drive from San José airport, you...

Punta Islita - Guanacaste

Punta Islita

Almost camouflaged against the forest, this property sits in the serenity of one of Guanacaste’s most magnificent coves, looking out onto glorious open coastline.Sitting amid some interesting local c...

Arenas del Mar - Manuel Antonio

Arenas del Mar

The best of all worlds are on offer at this luxury bolthole. Not only is the property located on the edge of the Manuel Antonio National Park, it has both tropical forest and beaches within easy reach. You...

El Silencio - Monteverde

El Silencio

Presenting what the hotel terms a “symphony of natural wellness”, it is certainly hard to argue with the amenities at this top-class spot. Set in 500 acres of tropical ‘cloud forest’, the hotel is ...

Nayara Springs - Arenal

Nayara Springs

Opened just over a year ago, the sixteen villa Nayara Springs make up the adults-only annex to Arenal Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens.Throughout the villas, teak and other hardwoods are complemented by ba...

The Springs Resort and Spa - Arenal

The Springs Resort and Spa

A lovely resort featuring Hot Springs, glorious views of the Arenal Volcano from every guest room and four restaurants including the excellent Ginger Sushi Bar and Las Ventanas fine dining....

Rancho Pacifico - Bahia Ballena

Rancho Pacifico

Tranquil, chic and completely at one with nature, the adult-exclusive Rancho Pacifico resort delivers on the Costa Rican promise of adventure and style in equal measure. On a private 250-acre nature preser...

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo - Guanacaste

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort captures the native spirit of Costa Rica with its dis...

Arenal Nayara - Arenal

Arenal Nayara

The panoramic view from this 53-suite hotel involves the small matter of the hulking Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Park. The wonderful by-products of the (benign) volcanic activity are the seductive bubbli...

Arenal Springs - Arenal

Arenal Springs

The Arenal Springs Resort is the perfect getaway if you are looking to remain close to nature but still retain the comfort and amenities of a modern hotel. Indeed, from nearly any location at the resort ...

Kioro - Arenal


The Arenal Kioro Hotel carried out environmental studies to cause the least impact possible during the construction and operation of the project. The property has a sewage treatment plant, smart systems fo...

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