Tropical Paradise, Pura Vida

The birthplace of ecotourism, Costa Rica is home to the world’s most diverse biology. Its jungles, cloud forests, wetlands, and beaches rank among the world’s most beautiful. For Americans, Costa Rica has traditionally been a honeymoon hotspot, a surfer’s playground, and a rejuvenating retreat. Truly a convenient international travel destination, a three-hour flight from Miami allows you to raft down the wild Rio Grande de Orosi, snorkel among the pristine Isla Tortuga’s coral reefs, or simply chill along the beautiful, sun-drenched Nicoya Peninsula coastline.

Highlights of Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano

The country's most active volcano, Arenal's eruptions are frequent but moderate and can be viewed without danger as long as the viewers are behind the safety perimeter. This constant activity and minimal endangerment makes Arenal a popular tourist destination, especially at night, when the lava and incandescent rocks make a spectacular sight. Ziplining, horseback riding, hiking, white water river rafting and ecological education are all here, with dramatic Arenal acting as a backdrop to the adventure.

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Monte Verde Cloud Forest Adventure

Monte Verde Cloud Forest Adventure

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a private non-profit reserve administered by the Tropical Science Center, and contains six distinct ecological zones. The Monte Verde Cloud Forest Sky Trek is a system of zip lines ranging from mountain to mountain, which together boast a distance of 2.5 miles of linear cable.

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Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula

This is where wilderness meets the water. One of Costa Rica's most blissfully underdeveloped regions, the Osa Peninsula includes Corcovado National Park with towns ranging from tiny fishing villages to smaller surf towns. Though not the country's most popular beach destination by far, this is our favorite place to send travelers. Osa Peninsula is where locals go to ditch the crowds, and that equals cultural purity. Take it from experts on "off the beaten path" travel: you want to be here.

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park consists of four beautiful beaches and a rain forest that hosts white faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths and howler monkeys. Tiny it may be, but this 682-hectare national park epitomizes everything tourists flock to Costa Rica to see: stunning beaches, a magnificent setting with islands offshore (bird sanctuaries for marine species), lush rainforest laced with a network of welcoming trails, and wildlife galore.

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Sample Tours

**All of our tours can be customized to match your specific travel priorities and dates.

Beaches of Costa Rica (12 days)

Enjoy adventure in Manuel Antonio National Park, along with real relaxation in Playa Quizales. Costa Rica is really about the beaches, after all!
Adventure Beaches Hiking Off the Beaten Path Family

Costa Rica Discovery (10 days)

On this classic route through Costa Rica's highlights, experience Monteverde Cloud Forest, Arenal Volcano National Park, and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Classic Highlights Family Hiking Wildlife Active

Costa Rica Family Explorer (10 days)

Experiencing the birthplace of ecotourism with one's family from sea turtles in Tortuguero, to hanging bridges over jungle in Arenal, and beach lounging in Guanacaste.
Beaches Classic Highlights Family Honeymoon Wildlife Active

Essential Costa Rica (9 days)

Join a group of like-minded Global Basecamps travelers and explore the highlights of Costa Rica's landscapes.
Adventure Beaches Classic Highlights Wildlife Active

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