People wildlife spotting from a boat

Spot turtles nesting in remote Tortuguero

Float along the river to your riverside lodge in Tortuguero which is only accessible by boat or plane. Fill your senses with the sounds of the rainforest: listen to howler monkeys in the distance, smell the tropical hibiscus or spot tiny red frogs in the grass. The rainforest takes you by surprise; the quieter it seems, the more animals seem to be hiding amongst the leaves.

Staff walking over hanging bridge through the sunny jungle on Monteverde exursion

Canopy bridges in the clouds

The town of Santa Elena is situated at the base of the dense cloud forest of Monteverde. Take a canopy walk through the cloud forest where ferns, mosses and orchids bloom amongst the ominous hanging tree branches. Due to the humid climate the forest gives off a fairytale-like atmosphere, especially in the swirling mist.

Palm trees draped over the view with blue sky and sea in the background in Manuel Antonio

Beaches where the jungle meets the sea

Manuel Antonio is a place where sandy beaches, rainforest and comfortable hotel accommodation come hand in hand. Take a morning walk along the beach and imagine yourself back to nature. The sandy bays are crescent-shaped and link the forest to the sea. Spot howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, coatis and iguanas from the sea! This is the only national park where you can have your binoculars out one minute and be swimming and snorkelling the next.

Dolphins in Tortuga, Costa Rica

Spot dolphins & snorkel the clear waters of Costa Rica

The combination of uncrowded beaches, a comfortable small hotel and numerous options for day trips make Costa Ballena one of our favourite beach destinations. Along the hilly coastline you’ll find vast deserted beaches where pelicans fly in circles above the mangroves and tastefully landscaped lodges line the shore.

Tortuguero river, Costa Rica

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Through the Jungle to Tortuguero

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:San Jose - Tortuguero
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Dolphins & Bays of the Pacific Coast

Duration:4 days / 3 nights
Location:Ojochal/Costa Ballena
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Palm trees draped over the view with blue sky and sea in the background in Manuel Antonio

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Ocean Waves & Jungle Days

Duration:3 days / 2 nights
Location:Manuel Antonio
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From Wildlife & Beaches to Coffee & Canals – Panama & Costa Rica

Duration:17 days / 16 nights
Itinerary:San Jose - Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo - Bri Bri Village - Bocas del Toro - Boquete - Panama City
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Pura Vida en Familia

Duration:13 days / 12 nights
Itinerary:San Jose - Tortuguero - Puerto Viejo - La Fortuna - Monteverde - San Jose
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Best snorkelling spots in Costa Rica

18th May 2016 by Blanca

Discover Costa Rica's marine ecosystem with our roundup of best snorkelling spots across the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines.

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