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Costa Rica

Central Pacific

The mid-Pacific coast is home to a transitional area between dry forest and primary everygreen forest.

West from San José, it is a short journey to the Pacific ocean, reaching the sea close to the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya. Going south from here, good beaches begin almost immediately but are at first rather busy, being the closest to San José.

Jacó, with its discos and nightlife, is the closest beach to the capital and is popular with surfers, backpackers and week-enders; rip tides make swimming inadvisable. Beyond Jacó things start to ease, Esterillos Este, a little further south, is much quieter: a stunning undeveloped stretch of sand with a few hotels and restaurants but not much more.

Contuining on south the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, where verdant tropical forest teeming with wildlife opens onto picturesque white sand beaches, is much visited. Most hotels are strung between Quepos and the park along 7km of road that runs through the forested hills; there's a mini realestate boom underway here. Quepos itself offers restaurants, cybercafés and lively bars.

 

 

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Holiday designs that visit Costa Rica's Central Pacific

'Plants and Gardens of Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

What could be nicer than two weeks of delightful gardens? Costa Rica has plenty for you to visit and this peaceful itinerary tours the very best of them.

13 nights from £4

'Couple's Escape'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A relaxing and inspirational couple's escape with an accent on nature, active well-being, and more than a little luxury.

14 nights from £3030

'Southern Pacific Explorer'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

A 14 night selfdrive itinerary focusing on Costa Rica's South Pacific region: lush, wild coastline, biodiverse Osa Peninsula, remote cloudforest and paramos habitat.

14 nights from £1955

'Costa Rican Nature Odyssey'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

This enthralling small group tour, escorted by a local naturalist guide, visits all Costa Rica’s key habitats for wonderful wildlife experiences, lovely scenery and times when local life takes centre stage.

14 nights

'Day Walks in Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Walking and active

Guided and independent day walks in natural sceneries with comfortable lodgings. The amount of walking is tailored to suit you.

14 nights from £1990

'Young Explorer's Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Walking and active

A wonderful opportunity for young explorers to get their first experiences of the natural worlds of the American tropics, with all sorts of active adventures along the way

14 nights

'The Birds of Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Birdwatching

A well-nigh perfect introduction to Costa Rica's birds. A mix of key habitats to give long lists, with comfortable lodgings and minimum travelling for maximum enjoyment.

14 nights from £2760

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