Costa Rica

high cloud Rainforest, fiery volcanoes, exotic wildlife, adventure for everyone

From the drama of fiery volcanoes to the eerie stillness of the high cloud forests, from its lush jungles to the wild Pacific shore, roaring waterfalls to still lakes, Costa Rica is a staggeringly beautiful place to go on holiday. And it is brimming over with rich and strange wildlife: giant sea turtles, tree-climbing iguanas and more than 850 species of birds.

With 75% of its area designated as nature reserve, and sheltering an extraordinary 5% of the planet’s flora and fauna, Costa Rica has been a pioneer in nature- and eco-tourism.

Accommodation in Costa Rica.

We have uncovered stunning lodges and small boutique hotels, ideally situated in some of the country’s most beautiful spots. Added to this, the high standard of guiding we organise makes Costa Rica one of the most attractive holiday destinations in the Americas.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange a ten day Costa Rica holiday (not including flights) from £3500 per person.


As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.


Kayaking in the Mangroves

On a research trip to Costa Rica Destination Expert Sophia Constant spent a day exploring the Golfo Dulce shore by kayak. She particularly enjoyed a paddle through the estuary and mangroves of Piedras Blancas National Park which was "completely enchanting" and "couldn't have been better placed in a fairytale". Find out more about Sophia's kayaking adventure...

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At the banks of the Pacuare River filled with excitement and apprehension, we were given helmets, life jackets and instructions for the white-water rafting. With much enthusiasm and at the shout from Tito, our specialist guide, we paddled left forward then right forward and started our exhilarating journey down stream in the white waters of the Pacuare River.

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Hilary and Christopher Morgan, spent their holiday in Costa Rica exploring everything there is to see. From early morning visits to the biggest volcano in the world, to exploring the Ballena National Park where the humpback whales were passing through. And after a wonderful time exploring, they finally found their very own piece of paradise.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

Alta Gracia

Alta Gracia

Alta Gracia is a recently opened luxury hotel in green and hilly Perez Zeledon in Costa Rica’s Southern Region, and c+l's Sophia Constant took the opportunity to try out the hotel on her recent research trip to Costa Rica to see the works in progress when it was still in ‘soft-opening’.

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Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge

Nowhere else in the world does a holiday begin with such an exhilarating experience, as you raft down the jungle-encased Pacuare River to reach the secluded rainforest lodge that appears enigmatically as if created by nature herself on the river banks of the Pacuare, in one of the most unexplored regions of Costa Rica.

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Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Located on the Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Punta Islita is a real draw for its stunning sea views from the vantage point of the hillside on which it’s perched, surrounded by farmland and forest. A short walk through mango groves and the beach appears, opening out onto endless waters. Staying here is remarkably peaceful.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.


Relaxing on Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula offers the true luxury experience of pristine beaches and relaxation. A honeymoon paradise miles from anywhere. However, there is something for everyone and surfing is immensely popular here.

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Poas Volcano

The largest active crater in the world, Poas volcano is shrouded in mist and clouds, it is home to two brilliant green lakes that are amongst the most acidic in the world. Watch the fascinating changes in ecosystems as you climb from base to tip.

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Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula is 400,000 acre peninsula and part of the single largest expanse of a lowland tropical rainforest in Central America. With a few remote jungle lodges it is a world away from the hectic city life.

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White Water Rafting

There aren’t many places in the world where you can white water raft to reach a riverside jungle lodge in the rainforest. It is a unique and fun way to turn up and a suberb way to see wildlife. It creates a real sense of adventure in getting to the lodge.

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Coffee Plantations

The immense sense of pride in the country’s biggest export is obvious when you visit the coffee plantations. Seeing the people and techniques gives you a real sense of Costa Rican culture. After a tour on one of these plantations you won’t look at a cup of coffee back home in the same way.

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Bird Watching

In Costa Rica you have no choice but to listen to the beautiful sounds around you, whether you are in the open or surrounded by jungle. In tropical countries the sheer encyclopedia of birds guarantees anyone a thrill. The colours and noises of the birds here are so varied it’s mind-boggling.

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The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Costa Rica with the Family

family adventure luxury itinerary ideas

Tree top houses, overgrown vegetation, waterfalls and unspoilt beaches, a family trip to Costa Rica is like the Robinson Crusoe adventure for the modern day family. There is an abundance of wildlife for children who love animals and endless activities for teenagers and all from the base of a luxurious lodge where palm thatched roofs…

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We know Costa Rica better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

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Best time to go

Costa Rica is best visited between November and April (dry season) particularly when taking in its beaches but rain and cloud forest are all year round destinations. Costa Rica combines well with Panama, and there are regular short flights between the two, which adds a more cultural aspect to a trip with Panama City’s

colonial old town and traditional tribe culture still prevalent in certain areas. Panama and Costa Rica also combine well with Colombia. For cities and culture, as Costa Rica is predominately a nature and jungle adventure destination.

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