Central + South America 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. 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. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories 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 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... Find out more AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME 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. Find out more FINDING OUR PIECE OF PARADISE 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. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Lapa Rios Ecolodge Nestled on the tip of Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula sits Lapa Rios, an outstanding 1,000 acre reserve which was created to protect the areas treasured biodiversity. The lodge is covered by some of the last remaining lowland tropical rain forest in Central America and bordered by Pacific beaches. Osa is the only place in… Find out more Latitude 10 Latitude 10 sits nestled within the Nicoya Peninsula and is renowned for its pristine waters and dry tropical forests. The town of Santa Teresa, which is located not far from the southernmost tip of the peninsula, is known amongst yoga and surfing enthusiasts from across the world which contributes to the wonderfully relaxed and simple… Find out more Kura Design Villas After a steep dirt-track climb, Kura’s six freestanding villas and infinity pool sit 1,000 feet above Uvita, where the retreating tide reveals the stunning beach aptly named “Whale’s Tail” by the locals for its pronounced shape. Its Costa Rican owners used their backgrounds in architecture and biology to build a stylish and sustainable eco-lodge that… Find out more 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. Find out more Highlights 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more 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. Find out more Show All Location 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. Best time to visit Costa Rica Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 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. Meet the Team Central + South America Johnny Milly Chris Sarah We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.