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“Pura vida” (or the “simple life”) is more than just a saying in Costa Rica — it’s a way of living. This Central American country is one of the happiest in the world.
You have loads of choices when it comes to finding a place to stay in Costa Rica. There are 8353 hotels listed on Expedia starting at CA $454 a night. But if you’d rather put your money toward unforgettable experiences, combine your hotel and flight and save with our Costa Rica Vacation Packages. You can also add a rental car and activities to your booking — do your vacation your way, for a whole lot less. Natural gems like Manuel Antonio National Park are waiting to be discovered on our expert-guided tours.
Day 1: Most travellers fly into Juan Santamaria International Airport, just outside San José. Drop off your bags at your hotel before exploring downtown San José, including Mercado Central and the historic neighbourhood of Barrio Amón.
Day 2-4: Book a rental car and drive north for around 3 hours to La Fortuna. This is the base for exploring Arenal Volcano National Park. Continue to Monteverde and explore its mystical Cloud Forest Reserve, zip line parks and suspension bridges.
Day 5-6: Next stop, Manuel Antonio National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for sloths and the resplendent but elusive quetzal bird.
Join in the longest party of the year, Palmares Festival. Held over two weeks in January, this carnival-style celebration features concerts, horse parades and more.
Spending most of your time in and around the capital of Costa Rica? Check out our San José Vacation Packages . If you’re in the mood to really kick back and relax during your getaway, stay at one of our All Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica .
If you’re looking for an adventure, you’ll find it in Costa Rica. Perched on the southern edge of Central America, this verdant country is the destination of choice for eco conscious globetrotters all over the world, and vacationers flock to the area for its rainforest hikes, secluded beach and surf spots, and affordable hotels.
Not sure where to start your Costa Rica vacations? Let Expedia.ca guide you through the area’s best attractions.
Guanacaste and the Arenal Volcano
Situated in the country’s Northern Pacific region, Guanacaste is paradise for adventure-seekers. Booking one of the Costa Rica vacation packages here lets you explore the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, see the plants and animals at the Tropical Dry Forest and engage in a little world-class golf or fishing. Plus, you’ll find some amazing Costa Rica all-inclusive resorts in this area, so you can unwind near the six gorgeous beaches without having to worry about a thing.
Caribbean Costa Rica
Though several of the country’s most popular attractions are situated near its Pacific coast, the eastern Caribbean region is home to a few can’t-miss Costa Rica vacation deals. It may be secluded, but that’s exactly the draw; surfers and eco-tourists trek to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for its crystal waters and unbeatable surf, and even a family with kids can enjoy the gorgeous scenery and a day at Cahuita National Park. Book a spot on the Iguana Conservation Tour for a kid-friendly experience.
Planning an eco-friendly honeymoon? It doesn’t get much better than Dominical. Located in southern Costa Rica, this seaside city is renowned for its surfing, whale watching and secluded beaches. Start your trip with a surfing lesson, go on a horseback ride through the local trails, and then watch the sun set over the stunning turquoise ocean.
When you’re ready to start planning, use the search tools at Expedia.ca to find cheap vacations to Costa Rica, compare prices and reserve your room. We’ll even let you choose from a list of local deals and offers, so you can add an extra-special experience onto your already incredible trip. Whether you’re planning an adult only luxury getaway or a family-friendly adventure, Expedia.ca has everything you need to put together the journey of a lifetime.