Compact Costa Rica dazzles with its incredible biodiversity, and landscapes that range from idyllic beaches and mangrove swamps to towering volcanoes and mist-shrouded cloud forest. A holiday here is all about wildlife, and you’ll see everything from tiny tree frogs and brightly-beaked toucans to acrobatic howler monkeys and slumbering sloths. Costa Rica is at the forefront of the eco-tourism movement, and offers a superb choice of low-key accommodation options pioneering the latest sustainable practices.
The diminutive size of the country means that you can pack a lot into an escorted tour, visiting both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, spending time in the cloud forest and exploring national parks such as Manuel Antonio and Tortuguero. Costa Rica is ideally suited to the more adventurous traveller, with activities including rafting, ziplining and hiking on offer, but it’s also very accessible for those who aren’t so mobile, with excellent tourist infrastructure compared to other countries in Central America.