Costa Rica

The mantra of Costa Ricans is ‘pura vida’ – or pure life – and with the abundance of natural beauty at their fingertips it isn’t hard to see why. We invite you discover this stunning natural paradise for yourself.

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One of the first countries to really embrace eco-tourism thanks to its outstanding, rugged natural beauty, which makes it the ideal spot for adventure travel and other outdoor pursuits. Its dual coastlines, Pacific and Caribbean, are starkly contrasting offering the choice of pristine white sandy tropical beaches and more spirited waves that are ideal for surfers. Meanwhile, inland, its famous Cloud Forest in Monteverde and Arenal Volcano (still active) are must-visit sites.

Visitors heading towards the Caribbean can’t miss Tortuguero’s canals, which are ideally traversed by boat. Here, eagle-eyed enthusiasts can keep their eyes peeled for wildlife including the nesting sites for the endangered Atlantic green sea turtles. Whilst small towns like Puerto Viejo scattered along the coastline are off the beaten track and offer visitors a quintessentially Costa Rican experience.

Biological Diversity

Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, with 4% of all the known species of plants and animals in only 0.04% the earth's surface. Over 25% of Costa Rica is made up of National Parks, designed to protect the country’s diverse and dominant ecosystems. One of the largest and most prestigious of these is the Corcovado National Park, part of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast, which teems with wildlife from big cats to chattering troupes of monkeys and thousands of bird species. Visitors can explore specially curated trails, or head out to sea to dive with the turtles, reef sharks, dolphins, occasional whales and other forms of marine life.

Create your own tour!

We are 100% flexible and can adapt each tour to suit you

From short city or beach breaks to longer stays, we would be delighted to share our local knowledge with you and curate the perfect holiday that combines Colombia's best-known attractions with lesser known treasures that are slightly more off the beaten track. Here are a few sample tour itineraries to get you inspired.

Itineraries

Classic Costa Rica

12 nights
Tour Highlights

Doka Coffee Plantation

Poas Volcano National Park

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Tortuguero National Park

Arenal Volcano

Cloud Forest Reserve

Taramindo beach

Pura Vida: Discover Costa Rica

6 nights
Tour Highlights

San José

Arenal Volcano

Hot Springs

Manuel Antonio National Park

GREAT FOR

Beach Stay Nature

Costa Rica at a glance

Language

Spanish

Time Difference

GMT - 6 hours

Currency

Costa Rican Colón (CRC)

Flight duration

London - San José: 11 hours

Read

Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate: Exotic and Unseen Costa Rica by Jack Ewing

Listen

Passiflora,

Cocofunka,

Eat

Chifrijo,

Casado,

Gallo Pinto,

Sopa Negra,

Drink

Horchata,

Granizados de fruta,

Agua dulce

Why choose Soliman Travel?

Established 1979

We are still owner-managed and retain a friendly, personalised, hands-on approach.

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Fully bonded travel agency & tour operator registered with IATA, ABTA & ATOL.

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Holidays designed completely to your vision, interests and budget.

Rewards

Special perks: extra baggage allowance; longer deposit times; flexible booking conditions; loyalty card.