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Holidays in Costa Rica

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For tropical paradise, beach life and a sense of adventure, a holiday to Costa Rica is hard to beat. Meaning "Rich Coast" in Spanish, this country really lives up to its name. Situated between the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Caribbean Sea on the east, Costa Rica is a wildlife and adventure-lover'ss paradise, where unspoilt beaches meet tropical forests, jungle waterways and fiery volcanoes.

Most people travel to Costa Rica for one of two things: adventure, or wildlife. An Explore holiday to Costa Rica combines both, visiting a range of the country's biodiverse national parks and varied coastlines. This small country has long been a world leader in conservation policies, and its national parks encompass over 25% of the small country's total landmass - the highest in the world. The best way to support these conservation policies is to visit these parks during your visit.

Most first time visitors to Costa Rica will visit the key sites of Manuel Antonio, Arenal, the Monteverde Cloudforest, and perhaps the wetlands and waterways of the Tortuguero National Park. The Arenal Volcano National Park has rafting and hiking galore, in the shadow of the famous and still (occasionally) smoking volcano, while Monteverde is a must-visit for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers. The low lying cloud that hangs over the jungle canopy has created a very different microclimate to other tropical rainforests in Costa Rica, so for a spread of diverse wildlife, its a good idea to visit Monteverde in conjunction with another park. It is particularly well known for its set of canopy walkways, or 'hanging bridges', and zip wires, that give you a birds eye view of the forest.

With both a Pacific and Caribbean coast to discover, Costa Rica has a large number of golden beaches and rugged waterways to explore. The Caribbean coast's Tortuguero National Park is a remote gem - its jungle covered canals and lodges are only accessible by boat, and it is especially popular among the turtle enthusiasts who go to watch the variety of sea turtles that return each year to nest on its beaches.


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