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Casa Teresa

Casa Teresa

Casa Teresa, Costa Rica

Casa Teresa is a four bedroom beachfront villa nestled along the resplendent beaches of Santa Teresa on the west coast of Costa Rica. With Moroccan influences, Casa Teresa can comf...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Santa Teresa
From £2,145per night
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Harmon Estate

Harmon Estate

Harmon Estate, Costa Rica

Harmon Estate is a majestic six bedroom villa located within the Los Suenos Resort on the west coast of Costa Rica. Harmon Estate was designed for families and groups of friends lo...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Los Suenos Resort
From £1,170per night
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Sunset House

Sunset House

Sunset House, Costa Rica

Sunset House is a tropical-style mansion situated on a private hillside above the beautiful golden Tamarindo Beach. With an infinity pool, spectacular terrace spaces and an interio...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Costa Rica
From £936per night
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Villa Avalon

Villa Avalon

Villa Avalon, Costa Rica

Villa Avalon is a seven bedroom villa located in Punta Leona on the west coast of Costa Rica. Thanks to its elevated position 100 metres above sea level, guests can enjoy the panor...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 19
  • Bathrooms: 9.5
  • Location: Punta Leona
From £1,482per night
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Villa El Alma

Villa El Alma

Villa El Alma, Costa Rica

Villa El Alma is a beautiful three bedroom villa with breath-taking views of the natural environment. This beautiful home is located in Papagayo, which is synonymous with paradise....

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 13
  • Bathrooms: 3.5
  • Location: North west
From £1,521per night
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Villa Firenze

Villa Firenze

Villa Firenze, Costa Rica

Step foot into an oasis of bliss and relaxation at Costa Rica’s premier, all-inclusive luxury villa. Built to emulate the opulence of an Italian palazzo and maintained with moder...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Location: Costa Rica
From £7,800per night
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Villa Mariposa

Villa Mariposa

Villa Mariposa, Costa Rica

Villa Mariposa is set on a hill just outside Nosara and has spectacular views across the tropical rainforest and Pacific Ocean. This stunning villa has four bedrooms, but can be re...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 9
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Nosara
From £530per night
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Villa Metisse

Villa Metisse

Villa Metisse, Costa Rica

Situated just a hundred metres from the beachfront, Villa Metisse is a luxurious beach house that’s perfect for an upscale Costa Rican escape. Designed in a cutting-edge style, y...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
From £468per night
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Villa Monoi

Villa Monoi

Villa Monoi, Costa Rica

Villa Monoi - Discover a chic tropical escape in Costa Rica with a private pool, serene oasis garden and plenty of style. Set close to the famed Tamarindo Beach, this beautiful res...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Costa Rica
From £468per night
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Villa Morabeza

Villa Morabeza

Villa Morabeza, Costa Rica

Villa Morabeza is an exclusive gated community property overlooking the breathtaking Tamarindo Beach. Surrounded by verdant flora, this cutting-edge property is one of the most exc...

  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 8
  • Location: Costa Rica
From £1,443per night
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Getting There

British Airways fly directly from London Gatwick to San José during the winter season. Alternatively, there are a number of flights from America to José – perfect for a twin centre holiday.

Please be aware that there is a standard local departure tax* (or exit tax), payable in US dollars or Costa Rican Colones, upon departure from San José. The charge is $29 per passenger, and must be paid at any of the Bancrédito kiosks to the right as you enter the departures area of the airport.


Capital: San José
Flying time: 11 hours
Language: Spanish but English is widely spoken
Country Size: 19,730 square miles
Time Difference from UK: -6 hours Winter/ -7 hours Summer
Currency: Colon
Voltage: 120 volts
Driving: Right hand side of the road
Airport: There are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, is located within the Central Valley region north of San Jose. The other airport, Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, facilitates access to destinations in the northwestern Guanacaste region
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa but check at time of booking
Drink the water: It is advisable to drink bottled water
Beaches: A beach lovers haven with stretches of beaches and clear blue waters
Health and Safety: Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before your trip. It is advisable to check with your doctor as

In the Central Valley, where the main centres of population are located, the average temperature is 22°C (72°F) and the region enjoys a spring-like climate year round. In the coastal areas, the temperature is much hotter and humid, while the Pacific Northwest can be extremely hot and dry. The rainy season starts in May and finishes in November, although there are distinct regional variations. June and July are the wettest months, particularly on the Caribbean side, but the season can run from May until December.

The ‘warm’ dry season is December to May, though temperature differences between summer and winter are slight. March is the height of the dry season, and the humidity is lower at this time, making this a popular time for visitors. Volcano Arenal is notoriously hard to see due to the clouds, but the best time of year to try is during April and May.


Costa Rica

Costa Rica is fast becoming one of the most visited destinations in Central America, thanks to its lush rainforest, beautiful beaches and culture. The span of the Costa Rican territory, from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, is 200 miles.

Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.

Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces – San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon. Each province is subdivided into regions and these are subdivided into districts.

While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the country is surprisingly accessible – one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane).

The Caribbean region of Costa Rica stands out for its variety of aquatic ecosystems and its beautiful white and black sand beaches, providing an ideal setting for activities such as sport fishing, snorkelling, and sun bathing. The Pacific coast concentrates big tourist centres and its beaches are very popular for surfing.

 

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