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  • Experience Your Best Costa Rica

    In Costa Rica, you can enjoy lovely tropical beaches, the grandest adventures, the wonders of nature, scintillating culture, all the necessary components of an ideal vacation. No wonder, then, that thousands of tourists have made Costa Rica their top travel choice. The richness of Costa Rica stems from the cultural diversity of its people.

Flights to Costa Rica

Departure
Arrival
Travel dates
Round-trip

Departure:

Houston

Arrival:

San Jose

Travel dates

Sat, Sep 12 - Fri, Sep 25

Round-trip

Departure:

Washington DC

Arrival:

Guanacaste-Liberia

Travel dates

Tue, Oct 27 - Thu, Oct 29

Round-trip

Best time to take a vacation to Costa Rica

  • Best Time to Go

    Though Costa Rica has a tropical climate, it has many microclimates too. The most suitable time to visit this country is the local summer season, which begins in December and lasts until April. This is also the time when the popular sites are crowded and more expensive. For the avid surfer, the rainy season from June to October on the Pacific side and November to May on the Caribbean coast are the ideal times to visit. The turtle season on the Caribbean side of the coast is from February to October.

Insider tips for Costa Rica travel

  • Isla Uvita

    In mid-October, you can have a blast at the carnival by singing, dancing and drinking, at Isla Uvita.

  • Totuguera

    Bring some drinks and friends and catch the rare opportunity of watching turtles hatch their eggs at Totuguera in July-August, though you will have to miss a night's sleep keeping watch at the beach.

  • Maravilla Restaurant

    For an authentic Costa Rican yet cheap dining experience try out Maravilla restaurant in Santa Elena.

  • Salsa Lizano

    It would be a good idea to carry back home a few bottles of Salsa Lizano, a distinctive condiment in Costa Rica.

  • Casado

    Have the Casado, a traditional home-style meal at El Chicote.

Guanacaste

Guanacaste Vacation Packages

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$152

Located in a region more reminiscent of the African Savannah, the RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive is situated in an area unlike any other part of Costa Rica. The hotel is surrounded by grass and woodland and sits on a long stretch of beach, further increasing its appeal.... More

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$152
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4.4 / 5 180 reviews
  • Save 10% on your stay
  • Save 10% on your stay
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$249

Offering deluxe spaces nestled in verdant forests near the Pacific Ocean, The Westin Golf Resort and Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive creates a suitable retreat in the hidden paradise of Matapolo, Guanacaste in Costa Rica. Vacationers engage in nautical activities... More

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$249
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$158

The Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort sits along a stretch of white sand in picturesque Tamarindo. As the town's first hotel, the Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort has offered lush oceanfront escapes for more than 30 years. Guests have easy access to Costa Rican... More

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$158
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3.8 / 5 33 reviews
  • Special Sale
  • Special Sale
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$106

Villas Sol Hotel and Beach Resort - All Inclusive welcomes leisure travelers to a deluxe resort secluded on a hill in the coastal area of Guanacaste. Holidaymakers at this Costa Rican property enjoy swimming, surfing, sunbathing or building sand castles at Playa Hermosa.... More

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$106
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4.1 / 5 70 reviews
  • Up to $1500 Resort Credit + FREE Wifi
  • Up to $1500 Resort Credit + FREE Wifi
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$190

Beach lovers and holidaymakers seeking for a vibrant getaway in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica find ideal base at the luxurious accommodations and beachfront setting of Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive. This all-inclusive resort is situated a few steps to... More

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$190
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4.0 / 5 85 reviews
  • FREE WIFI & FREE daily Activities Program
  • FREE WIFI & FREE daily Activities Program
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$75

Situated on the northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, north of Tamarindo, the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa offers an enchanting escape on the pristine sands of Flamingo Beach-an ecologically important "blue-flag" beach. From the relaxing setting, guests can take... More

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$75
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3.8 / 5 62 reviews
  • Special Offer
  • Special Offer
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$190

Offering comfortable accommodations situated on the pristine Langosta shores, Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive creates an ideal holiday haven in the scenic coastal town of Tamarindo in Costa Rica. Vacationers at this waterfront retreat engage in nautical activities... More

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$190
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3.4 / 5 39 reviews
  • FREE Full Breakfast & FREE Wi-Fi in Public Areas
  • FREE Full Breakfast & FREE Wi-Fi in Public Areas
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$66

Located just south of Playas del Coco, the Ocotal Beach Resort overlooks the southern Papagayo Gulf and the offshore Catalina Islands. With an on-site dive center and sport fishing charters, the Ocotal Beach Resort makes a good jumping-off point for water sports. Guests... More

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$66

The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas offers guest rooms and kitchen-equipped villas on the beach in Tamarindo. The Golden Coast location of the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas offers easy access to Guanacaste's many water sports, like diving and sport fishing, and... More

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$52

Located on Guanacaste's scenic Northern Pacific coast, the Allegro Papagayo - All Inclusive resort sits on green bluffs overlooking Costa Rica's Papagayo Gulf. Near the black-sand Manzanillo Beach, guests can find rest and relaxation with serene ocean views, sultry... More

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$112

San Jose

San Jose Vacation Packages

The Hotel Presidente sits at the heart of downtown San Jose, within a few blocks of the National Theater, Pre-Colombian Gold Museum and Central Market. A posh retreat in the capital's government and business district, the Hotel Presidente offers amenities to suit business... More

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$97

The Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel and Convention Center sits at the heart of Central Valley, with breathtaking views of the mountains surrounding the city. Offering casual, elegant accommodations and a relaxing setting, the Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel and... More

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$93
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3.3 / 5 37 reviews
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$50

Costa Rica Morazan Hotel and Casino is a value-for-money hotel with well-equipped accommodations and city center location that caters to corporate and recreational travelers visiting San Jose. This casino hotel in the Costa Rica capital is within close proximity to... More

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$50
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4.4 / 5 64 reviews
  • 10% Spa Discount, Breakfast, Wi-Fi & Parking
  • 10% Spa Discount, Breakfast, Wi-Fi & Parking
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$189

Perched high above the sweeping Central Pacific coastline on twelve acres of tropical rainforest once inhabited by the Quepoa Indians, Hotel Parador is a secluded luxury beach hotel adjacent to the stunning sheltered cove of Playa Biezanz and just minutes from Manuel... More

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$189
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3.8 / 5 26 reviews
  • Advance Purchase Special
  • Advance Purchase Special
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$61

Tryp San Jose Sabana features spacious and cozy accommodations suitable for business and leisure travelers visiting the vibrant Costa Rica capital. This San Jose hotel places holidaymakers close to must-visit local attractions like Museum of Costa Rican Art, Spirogyra... More

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$61
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$82

Located along the General Canas Highway, the Barcelo San Jose Palacio Hotel sits in a residential area just minutes from the international airport and downtown San Jose attractions like the National Museum, the Central Market and the Simon Bolivar Zoo. Boasting a large... More

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$82

Located minutes from downtown San Jose and the airport, the Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino has a central location along the Pac American Highway. Free parking at the Best Western Irazu Hotel & Casino makes it easy to have a car and explore San Jose attractions... More

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$72
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$87

The Holiday Inn SAN JOSE-AUROLA, located at the heart of downtown San Jose, offers comfortable accommodations, a wide range of amenities, and easy access to local attractions. Places to see close to the Holiday Inn SAN JOSE-AUROLA include the National Museum, the Simon... More

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$87

Located in the world's number one destination for ecotourism, the Los Suenos Marriott Beach and Golf Resort is situated in an eleven hundred acre rainforest on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. This full-service resort property features magnificent colonial architecture and is... More

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$168

A beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century coffee plantation house, the Hotel Santo Tomas offers an intimate guesthouse experience in downtown San Jose. Popular downtown attractions like the National Theater, Simon Bolivar Zoo and the Central Market sit within walking... More

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$60

La Fortuna

La Fortuna Vacation Packages

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3.9 / 5 51 reviews
  • Up to 9 Guests with the same rate!
  • Up to 9 Guests with the same rate!
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$108

Volcano Resort with 1050 acres of tropical forest and wide landscapes, clear, safe and spectacular view to Arenal Volcano, wide tropical gardens with butterflies, frogs, crocodiles and leave cutter ants. An exclusive resort with its own 13 platform canopy tours,... More

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$108
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4.5 / 5 42 reviews
  • 2 Kids Under 5 Years Old Stay Free!
  • 2 Kids Under 5 Years Old Stay Free!
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$145

Located in front of the Volcano and knowing that service is the main reason of hospitality, the Volcano Lodge's team, will do our best to make your stay a very fond memory to take home.All our 64 superior rooms have deluxe finishes, 2 comfortable full size beds or 1 king... More

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$145
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3.9 / 5 22 reviews
  • Free Breakfast + WiFi
  • Free Breakfast + WiFi
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$130

Mountain Paradise Arenal Volcano Hotel, Invites you to enjoy a real paradise, with the perfect balance between nature, service, simplicity and the fashionable. This remarkable project has a totally Costa Rican environment as its main strength, united to the highest... More

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$130
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4.2 / 5 36 reviews
  • FREE Hot Springs, WiFi, Gym & Welcome cocktail
  • FREE Hot Springs, WiFi, Gym & Welcome cocktail
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$269

Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort Tabacn Grand Spa Thermal Resort is a five stars hotel located in Costa Rica's northern region, at the base of the majestic Arenal Volcano in the heart of the tropical rainforest. Tabacn provides luxurious accommodations, services and... More

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$269
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4.2 / 5 35 reviews
  • Free WI-Fi Internet Acces!
  • Free WI-Fi Internet Acces!
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$126

Located just 5 miles away from la Fortuna town way to the Arenal Volcano or National Park. We are between town and the Arenal Lake. And is a hotel near to the most popular Arenal hot springs. The Hotel count with 87 Junior Suite with direct view to the active side of the... More

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$126
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4.1 / 5 24 reviews
  • FREE Breakfast + WiFi + Parking + Coffee All Day
  • FREE Breakfast + WiFi + Parking + Coffee All Day
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$55

Hotel is located in the center of La Fortuna, in the nicest tranquil area of this beautiful charming town, just 15 minutes from the majestic Arenal Volcano. Hotel's strategic location in the town of La Fortuna allows you easy access to all of the services of the area.... More

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$55
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3.4 / 5 22 reviews
  • 10% Off in Spa & 5% Off in Restaurant
  • 10% Off in Spa & 5% Off in Restaurant
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$75

A true oasis of peaceInspired by its great natural environment, our hotel is immersed in 35 hectares of primary and secondary forest, at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano, which makes it a true oasis of peace, enriched by an exuberant vegetation and diverse... More

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$75
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3.8 / 5 15 reviews
  • FREE WiFi+ Escorted Rainforest Tour & Kids FREE
  • FREE WiFi+ Escorted Rainforest Tour & Kids FREE
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$91

Arenal Lodge provides guests with the excitement of staying in an authentic rainforest lodge with breathtaking panoramic views of Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Guests will enjoy a casual and relaxed rustic lodge setting with the added value of a... More

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$91
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3.6 / 5 16 reviews
  • 10% OFF in Restaurant +10% OFF in Spa!
  • 10% OFF in Restaurant +10% OFF in Spa!
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$79

Hotel Magic Mountain is situated facing Arenal Volcano. The scenic location provides visitors with a stunning view of the giant colossus known as Arenal Volcano. The hotel is only 5 minutes away from la Fortuna Town with its shops, restaurants and other points of interest... More

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$79
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4.2 / 5 4 reviews
  • Breakfast Included & FREE Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast Included & FREE Wi-Fi
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$142

Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda is unlike any other resort in Costa Rica, not to mention the beautiful bordering rainforest that creates the perfect backdrop for your tropical getaway. The location of the hotel sets it apart from other rain forest resorts... More

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$142

Costa Rica highlights

  • Teatro Nacional

    Teatro Nacional is a greatly admired theatre in San José featuring plays, symphony performances, and more.

  • Wilson Botanical Gardens

    The Wilson Botanical Gardens in Las Cruces prides itself on its huge collection of plants and is surrounded by a vast expanse of natural forestland.

  • Butterfly Farm

    The Butterfly Farm in Selvatura has a beautiful five-hour tour.

  • Chirripo National Park

    Chirripo National Park is covered in mossy peaks, including the highest peak of Costa Rica, Cerro Chirripo.

  • Monumento Nacional Arqueologico

    Monumento Nacional Arqueologico Guayabo is the most important archaeological site in Costa Rica with intact aqueduct systems.

  • Playa Negra

    Playa Negra is a remote beach that offers more private surfing, rafting, or boat tours.

  • Aventuras Bosquemar Canopy Tour

    A Costa Rica vacation would not be complete without the Aventuras Bosquemar Canopy Tour on zip lines.

  • Playa Hermosa

    Playa Hermosa is a surfer’s paradise, and 2 hours by car from San José.

  • Nicoya Peninsula

    The Nicoya Peninsula was once a volcanic landscape, but today has a lush rainforest.

  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park by size but makes up for it by housing endangered species.

  • Introduction

    Costa Rica (literally “Rich Coast”) is a treasure trove of flora and fauna that offers both the adventurous tourist and those looking for relaxation an amazing and enriching experience. Despite its small size, it has some remarkable sights to offer, from the Corcovado National Park on the peninsula in the southeast to one of the 300 beaches on either side of the country, kissing the Caribbean on the east or the mighty Pacific on the west.

Costa Rica history and culture

  • Costa Ricans are proud to have had more than a century of democratic tradition and more than 50 years without a military. This was abolished in 1948, and the money that the country saves from not having armed forces is invested in improving the quality of life of its citizens. This contributes to the social peace that makes Costa Rica a welcoming place to visit.

    Costa Ricans, also known as "Ticos," are famous for being very hospitable people and they would like to keep this reputation. They are well-mannered and hard working, always willing to offer a smile and a handshake to people. They know that their country is unique, and they are generally willing to offer help to those visitors that are lost, at times even explaining cultural aspects that a foreigner might find strange, making their stay as pleasant as possible. It is said that "Ticos" are the best asset that the nation has, and once you have experienced their friendliness and spontaneity, you will be convinced.

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