Costa Rica: Destination of the Week

Toucan in Costa Rica
Toucan in Costa Rica

From paradise beaches, serene waterways and magical rainforests to volcanoes and amazing wildlife,Costa Rica is one of the lushest, most ecologically fascinating countries in the world.

Costa Rica may be a small country, but it is packed with things to see and do. Some of its beaches rival the Caribbean; inland, lush forests and towering, active volcanoes attract walkers and nature-lovers. With 28 national parks, 8 biological reserves and 73-plus wildlife refuges, Costa Rica deserves its reputation as the home of ecotourism. These protected areas provide the perfect environment for observing the country’s abundant flora, and spectacular birdlife, including the aptly named resplendent quetzal.

Beach boys and girls won't feel left out with beaches for swimmers, surfers, and divers. There are also drives along dramatic mountain roads; plus museums, churches, and markets to get a flavour of the local Tico culture.

Insight Guide Costa Rica is a comprehensive full-colour guide to the culture, history and wildlife of this natural wonderland. The book is illustrated throughout with hundreds of beautiful, specially commissioned colour photographs. 

If you're already hooked, then be tempted by our action-packed Coast to Coast trip, a comprehensive package which takes you from paradise beaches to an active volcano via a jungle tour.


Book it: Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Read more: In depth: Tico culture – The people of Costa Rica

Buy a book: Insight Guide Costa Rica


White faced capuchin monkey in Manuel Antonio National Park



Manzonillo Beach