A country that became known as the poster child of ecotourism, beautiful Costa Rica is one of the world’s most stunning natural destinations. Lying along the Central American Isthmus, sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, it is home to some 5% of the planet’s entire biodiversity and has long been recognised as one of the world’s most ethical destinations.
With nearly a quarter of its entire landmass being given over to protected areas and national parks, it provides an unmatched haven for a dazzling variety of flora and fauna and is blessed with some of the greatest concentrations of species anywhere on earth. Its landscapes too are equally diverse, with everything from volcanic peaks and cloud forests, to mangrove swamps and beautiful beaches being crammed into its diminutive dimensions.
The perfect adventure destination, Costa Rica offers everything from volcano hikes and jungle treks, to white water rafting and idyllic beaches, whilst its rich history has left it with an engaging mix of Spanish, Afro-Caribbean and indigenous traditions that have come to be reflected in one of the country’s most popular phrases, “Pura Vida” (Pure Life).
Accommodation is predominantly lovely smallish boutique hotels, so make sure you book early to get the best hotels.