Lush. Superlative. Peaceful. The eco-capital of the Americas is daydream HQ.
Boasting the greatest density of species in the world and with a quarter of the country laid over to national parks, the botanical marvels in Costa Rica are unparalleled. Known for its pioneering environmental attitude, Costa Rica also has a remarkable political strategy: the military was abolished in 1948 and that budget re-invested in security, education and culture. Now considered the happiest country in the world, it’s also safe, intriguing, and warmly welcoming.
Embark on an expedition by canoe into the waters of the Tortuguero National Park: a dense jungle of mangrove swamps on the Caribbean coast; discover the famous Corcovado National Park, guided by a world-renowned zoologist, to find indigenous species like tapirs, toucans, hummingbirds, and macaws; head to the Pacuare River for exhilarating white water rafting; soar in a helicopter to see the smoke rise over an active volcano; watch the arrival of olive ridley sea turtles, or giant leatherbacks on the beaches; discover some of the 500 indigenous species of orchid; be photo-bombed by a family of sloths as you trek through the jungle; hike and explore the emerald jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, alive with wildlife and where pelicans dive bomb along the Jurassic Park coastline.
Where to Stay
Lofty eco lodges; luxurious eco resorts hidden deep in the jungle canopy; beach front villas.
When to Go
For sun and clear skies aim for December to April on the Pacific coast, and March to September on the Caribbean side.