Costa Rica

Northwest Costa Rica and the Nicoya Peninsula

Dry ranchlands and authentic rural life. Stretching into the Pacific is the Nicoya Peninsula where wild beaches are seperated by dense forests.

North from the Central Valley, the Central Cordillera gives way to lower ranges that continue into Nicaragua. A morning's drive from the capital brings you to the cloud forests of Monteverde or, on the other side of the mountains, the lava-spewing Arenal Volcano.

Guanacaste ranch lands

Beyond them are the ranch lands of Guanacaste, the cultural soul of Costa Rica, and the dwelling place of the country's sabañeros (cowboys).

The seasonally parched landscape with its herds of grazing Brahma cows seems a far cry from the lush forests of the south and east.

Here you can experience a slice of an authentic rural Costa Rica, an area that retains its quintessential Tico feel. In fact the national dish, gallo pinto, consisting of rice, beans and herbs, originates from the Guanacaste region.

At weekends it is not unusual to come across a village fiesta with be-hatted riders on their proud-stepping horses kicking up the dust. Bull-fighting Latino style (where the bull is harried but unharmed) is as popular here as baseball.

Liberia, the regional capital, is a very pleasant country town worth a stop. Near its centre there are atmospheric colonial streets, partly restored, and a great many small shops providing everything from groceries, haberdashery and haircuts to complicated brightly painted agricultural machinery.

Pacific coast and Nicoya Peninsula

Beach resorts speckle the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in the far west of the region.

For further details about the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula read this


Start planning your trip to Costa Rica

Let us know what kind of trip to Costa Rica you are most interested in, and when you are thinking of travelling. Our travel experts know Costa Rica exceptionally well, and will be delighted to offer some initial ideas and advice, and to develop a more detailed design for your holiday as your ideas evolve. You can download a copy of our 48-page Costa Rica brochure here. It includes lots of helpful travel information and detailed outlines of many of the trips we have designed for Costa Rica.

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Holiday designs that visit Northwest Costa Rica or the Nicoya Peninsula

'Creature Comforts'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

First-rate wildlife and nature experiences in first-rate surroundings. Stay at some of Costa Rica’s best boutique and wildlife lodges.

14 nights from £6150

'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 £3995

'A Quieter Costa Rica'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

An inspiring trip spending time in upmarket lodges in just three areas. Experience authentic country life, step out in beautiful mountain scenery and explore the rich wildlife of quiet wetlands.

9 nights from £2655

'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 £2635

'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 £2395

'Coast to Coast'

Costa Rica - Touring and wildlife

One of the best all-round experiences of Costa Rica, visiting the Caribbean and the Pacific, Arenal volcano, Tortuguero's wildlife, deep rain forest, and Monteverde.

15 nights from £1885

'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 £2565

'Costa Rican Adventures'

Costa Rica - Walking and active

Get ready for a heady mix of action-packed adventure, all different, all over Costa Rica.

14 nights from £2365

'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 £3530

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