A luxury travel guide to Costa Rica

Without doubt one of central America’s gems when it comes to luxury holiday options

Costa Rica is without doubt one of central America’s gems when it comes to luxury holiday options. Its lush landscapes, abundant coastline and stable economy have been a boom for its tourism industry which in turn has helped the luxury holiday market boom. There’s no shortage of beautiful boutique hotels and 5 star hotel accommodation. So we’ve put together a guide to making the most of Costa Rica for your luxury holiday vacation.

Costa Rican Climate

Costa Rica has 2 seasons, the dry seasons called “Verno” and the green season or wet season called “Invierno”. The dry seasons runs from November to the end of April so around January is arguably the best time of year to visit. Costa rica climate and weather reports show average temperatures between 23C and 30C on the coast but hotting up further inland. The sea breeze will help keep you at just the right temperature. Prices are of course cheaper in the rainy season but don’t let the weather put you off. Costa Rica is as much about exploring the wilderness as it is lounging on the beach so you’ll always have something worth doing.

Where to stay

Arenal and Monteverde have some of the best places to stay in the country, boasting a great number of high quality luxury hotels with a more intimate and secluded feel. There’s such a wonderful range of options too, from beach front hotels like the Flamingo Resort where the sand is just a few steps away. Or one of my favourites, the El Sol where your accommodation is nestled on the hill side in your own log cabin, with absolutely stunning views for many miles. A real back-to-nature experience.

What to do in Costa Rica

Nature is all around you here so be sure to go exploring! Costa Rica has some truly beautiful national parks. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is a must and the 11,000 acre Corcovado National Park is an easy excursion during your stay. The Lapaz Waterfall is also a famous tourist hotspot and you’ll find almost every resort offers trips to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. I’d recommend the Tabacón Hot Springs too where you can take a dip in the warm waters and even sit under a waterfall of hot spring water.

For something a bit more adventurous maybe a hike around the Arenal Volcano in its national park. Still a very active volcano, it only formed around 7,000 years ago and was very active before 2010. There’s plenty to do nearby including 4×4 rainforest experiences, hiking, white-water rafting and even horseback riding. Definitely put a visit to Arenal Volcano on your to-do list!

How to get there

Costa Rica’s international airport is the Juan Santamaría airport in El Coco, just 10 miles (16km) from San José. At this time there are no direct flights from the UK to Costa Rica but connecting flights are easy to find. You can either fly to Madrid in Spain, Toronto in Canada or to Houston in the USA and catch a flight in to San José from there. Flight time is usually around 14 hours with economy ticket prices around £700 in January and February.