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

'Creature Comforts'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

First-rate wildlife and nature experiences while staying in some of Costa Rica’s best boutique and spa hotels and wildlife lodges.

13 nights from £4115

'Secret Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

Step into the natural side of Costa Rica to experience country life and meet the people, visit some wonderful wildlife locations, and relax at out-of-the-way beaches.

14 nights from £1555

'Costa Rican Odyssey'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

This enthralling small group escorted tour has a strong accent on Costa Rica’s nature and wildlife, complemented by wonderful scenery and times when local life takes centre stage.

13 nights

'Route 2: South Pacific Explorer'

Costa Rica - Selfdrive touring

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 £1655

'Route 1: Classic Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Selfdrive touring

A 10 night selfdrive itinerary visiting Costa Rica's classic highlights: dramatic volcanoes, cloudforest and jungle at the beach.

10 nights from £1075

'Costa Rica Chill-out'

Costa Rica - Beach and relaxation

A relaxing getaway with a difference: a spa hotel, jungle rafting, some wonderful wildlife, and a beautiful Pacific beach

14 nights from £3015

'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.

15 nights from £2910

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