Costa Rica Vacations
Your Costa Rica vacation
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
|Orlando||San Jose||Tue, Sep 2 - Thu, Sep 25||$276|
|New York||Guanacaste-Liberia||Sat, May 17 - Sun, May 25||$377|
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
In mid-October, you can have a blast at the carnival by singing, dancing and drinking, at Isla Uvita.
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.
For an authentic Costa Rican yet cheap dining experience try out Maravilla restaurant in Santa Elena.
It would be a good idea to carry back home a few bottles of Salsa Lizano, a distinctive condiment in Costa Rica.
Have the Casado, a traditional home-style meal at El Chicote.
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Guanacaste Vacation Packages
Costa Rica getaway for gambling, safaris and sports all in one placeLocated 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... More
25% Discount on Golf Green Fees
Local attractions include Ricon de la Vieja National Park, Santa Rosa National Park, Las Baulas Nacional Marine Park, Guanacaste National Park, Bahia Junquillal National Wildlife Refuge. Guest rooms are equipped with a spacious and private terrace or balcony, marble... More
The Westin Portland Harborview stands 12 stories tall in the heart of downtowns historic Arts District. Take a short walk to discover the Old Port, as well as some of the best restaurants, retail shops, and artistic venues in Maine. Indulge in a decadent spa treatment.... More
Comfortable oceanfront guest rooms, modern amenities on Tamarindo BeachThe 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... More
Villas Sol Hotel and Beach Resort All Inclusive is located in Playa hermosa, Guanacaste; The Hotel is nestled on the hill with breathtaking views of Pacific Ocean.Villas Sol Hotel offers 54 rooms and 106 fully equipped villas with breathtaking views, spacious surroundings... More
Grand Opening November 2, 2012! This new hotel, fully prepared to provide the best service to its customers, has four swimming pools (one with a wet bar), Jacuzzi, Gym, Sauna and a Wellness Center "Renova Spa" with different treatments and massages, you will be... More
Pool-view guestrooms and kitchenette suites on protected Flamingo Beach 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... More
All-inclusive beach resort on edge of Las Baulas Marine National ParkWith its beach setting on the northwest coastal region of Tamarindo, the Barcelo Langosta Beach offers an ideal setting for both honeymooners and families alike. The recently renovated resort has a... More
Ocean-view rooms, diving, fishing at Ocotal Beach ResortLocated 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... More
Find sprawling beachfront villas and nightlife near Tamarindo 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... More
San Jose Vacation Packages
Explore San Jose from hotel with central location, free breakfastThe 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... More
The hotel is located in downtown San Jose on Second Avenue, 4th street. Gold Museum nearby Situated in San Jose, this hotel is close to San Jose Park Central, Gold Museum, and National Theater. Also nearby are Jade Museum and National Center of Art and Culture. 27-inch... More
Casual luxury hotel in San Jose offers business and leisure servicesThe 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... More
In the middle of the Entertainment Area in vibrant San Jose Downtown, close to bars and more!, Hotel Costa Rica Morazan offers 42 guestrooms. Balconies open to city or courtyard views. Memory foam beds feature down comforters, down blankets, and premium bedding. 25-inch... More
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
Tryp Hotel San Jose Sabana has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the modern traveler. This elegant Costa Rican hotel is both timeless and contemporary; discrete, sophisticated and minimalist, it exceeds the expectations of its guests for its convenient... More
Stylish guest rooms, great business amenities near downtown San JoseLocated 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... More
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Budget-friendly rates and free breakfast at San Jose hotel 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... More
San Jose at the front door, elegant downtown hotel with great amenities The Holiday Inn 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... More
Budget-friendly downtown hotel, close to attractions, free amenitiesThis Best Western San Jose Downtown sits at the heart of San Jose's business and government center, within walking distance from great shopping, dining and entertainment. Attractions close to the Best... More
La Fortuna Vacation Packages
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 14 platform canopy tours, horseback... More
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
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
FREE Hot Springs, WiFi, Gym & Welcome cocktail
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on www.orbitz.com in 2012, as compared to price of the same components booked separately.
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Costa Rica highlights
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.
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 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 is a surfer’s paradise, and 2 hours by car from San José.
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.
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.