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Caribbean Coast

 

Costa Rica's laid-back Caribbean Coast is home to Afro-Caribbean culture, isolated and uncrowded beaches, colourful and lively towns and lush jungles.

The Caribbean Coast offers a wide range of attractions for both adventure and beach lovers. Water conditions are also ideal, with some of the best diving and surfing in Costa Rica.

Puerto Viejo is a popular and vibrant seaside town home to Bribri indigenous communities.

Discover the Pacuare River which winds through the lush rainforests of Central Costa Rica, home to a rich variety of birds and wildlife. It is also a popular location for white water rafting, kayaking and river boarding activities.

Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast is also witness to sea turtle nesting in the Tortuguero National Park.

 

Discover Caribbean Coast

Evergreen Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool, this fantastic eco-lodge is just 5 minutes by boat from the entrance of Tortuguero National Park.

Trip Advisor Favourite
Wildlife & Birdlife
2 Nights from
£194pp
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Manatus Hotel

Spend 3 days at the Manatus Hotel and discover the Tortuguero National Park. Tours and meals are included.

Paradise Found
Tortuguero National Park
2 Nights from
£378pp
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All Meals Included

Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel

Set on the beautiful Cocles Beach, Le Caméléon offers a superb outdoor pool, a Spa with a Jungle Deck and an international restaurant.

Exclusive Boutique Hotel
Discover the Caribbean Coast
7 Nights from
£1076pp
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Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Unique Costa Rica

This tailor-made tour offers a different side of Costa Rica. Explore some of the most exciting destinations in Costa Rica.

Nature and Beach Holidays
A different Costa Rica
11 Nights from
£1575pp
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Costa Rica Family Holiday

This tailor-made family tour offers an exciting oportunity to discover Costa Rica's most beautiful places. 

Costa Rica for Families
Adventure & Beach Holidays
12 Nights from
£1885pp
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Relaxing Costa Rica

Discover some of Costa Rica's most beautiful places on a relaxing nature and beach twin coast holiday.

Nature & Beach Holiday
Pacific & Caribbean
12 Nights from
£2195pp
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Caribbean Rainforest Adventure

Explore Costa Rica’s rainforest, enjoy an exciting river adventure and relax in Puerto Viejo, a vibrant seaside town with isolated beaches.

The Ultimate Costa Rica Adventure
Adventure & Beach Holiday
8 Nights from
£2495pp
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Classic Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica's most iconic places on a 13 day trip including Poas Volcano, Tourtuguero, Monteverde and the Pacific Coast.

The Best of Costa Rica
Costa Rica in under 2 weeks
13 Nights from
£2495pp
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Costa Rica & Panama

Explore Costa Rica and Panama's Caribbean Side. 

Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Bocas del Toro and a visit to the legendary Panama Canal.

Unique Resorts and Boutique Hotels
Nature & Beach Holiday
11 Nights from
£2650pp
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Costa Rica & Nicaragua

Discover Costa Rica and Nicaragua's on a privately guided tour - lush rainforests, volcanoes, wild beaches and charming colonial cities.

Ideal Central American Journey
Rainforest, Volcanoes, Beach
12 Nights from
£3585pp
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Costa Rica & Colombia

Costa Rica and Colombia's most iconic attractions in under 3 weeks. Private tailor-made journey staying in charming boutique hotels and unique lodges.

Highlights of Costa Rica & Colombia
Culture, Nature & Beach
19 Nights from
£4490pp
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Bribri People

The Bribri Indigenous Territory Tour is a great way to spend the day experiencing the richness of the Pre Columbian culture of Costa Rica. Enjoy a cultural, anthropological and natural immersion in the Watsi Bribri Community in the Talamanca Mountains foothills.

After a morning pick up at your hotel in or near Cahuita, the tour begins with a hike in the rainforest which leads to a waterfall.

Enjoy the tropical flora and have the opportunity to see red frogs and maybe other inhabitants while you relax and enjoy a refreshing swim in the natural pool.

Afterwards visit a medicinal plants garden to learn about the indigenous natural treatments and healing powers of the plants, trees, roots, leafs and bark, accompanied by the medicine man or lady.

Last but not least, you will meet a traditional Bribri family of five generations to learn about their way of life, their heritage and resources for farming, cooking, healing, building and hunting using organic materials found in the surrounding forest.

After crossing a hanging bridge and walking through a cacao plantation, you will reach the house of the family.

Try your hand at the ancestral process of manufacturing organic chocolate using Pre Colombian tools passed down from generation to generation.

Taste about 5 different chocolates and learn something about the medicinal plants and their use.

Enjoy a hunting demonstration with typical bow and arrows with a Bribri local.

A typical Bribri lunch served in a banana leaf and shared with the family completes this indigenous experience.

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Cahuita National Park

This Snorkelling and Hiking Tour is an ecological and biological combination to make the most of Cahuita National Park - both its marine biology and rainforest flora and fauna. Enjoy snorkelling the reefs of Cahuita and hike with a Cahuita native guide.

1067 hectares of protected rainforest and 600 hectares of coral reef form part of the Cahuita National Park ecosystem, the only National Park in Costa Rica to rely on visitor donations.

Firstly today, explore the coral reef which hosts over 240 marine species including tropical fish, mollusks, nurse sharks, lobsters, sting rays, barracudas, lion fish and more. Snorkelling is accompanied by professional guides.

After snorkelling, stop at Punta Cahuita for a rest and to view the scenery while enjoying some fruit and water before going for the hike.

Your guide, a Cahuita native and naturalist, will take the time to explain the natural healing virtues of various plants and share his knowledge of the wildlife along the trail through the tropical forest and along Playa Blanca (White Sand Beach).

You may see and hear a variety of fauna along the hike such as Howler and Capuchin monkeys, Two-Fingered and Three-Fingered sloths, a variety of snakes, lizards, iguanas, raccoons, birds and crabs.

Watch out for the yellow eyelash viper, a beautiful colourful but venomous snake, and the Capuchin monkeys who have no problem snatching people's bags in search of food.

Finally arrive at the park's entrance and transfer back to your hotel.

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Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero is a fairly remote National Park on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast side, but is still the third most visited national park in Costa Rica.

The park protects a large area of natural wetland on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and covers an area of 77,000 acres.

The park formed from a series of volcanic islands which gradually became linked over time as alluvial soils from Costa Rica's mountains silted up the channels between them.

The high rainfall and rich soils here have helped to create an area of exceptional biodiversity and a magnet for nature lovers.

On any visit to Tortuguero, be prepared to encounter some rain as this is one of the rainiest areas of Costa Rica, even in the dry season!

There is no permanent settlement within the park and there are only 4 trails, 3 aquatic ones and a land trail, a 2 km walking route called the Gavilan Trail.

Consequently most visits to Tortuguero are by boat or canoe, gliding along the streams.

Wildlife in Tortuguero National Park

The park protects over 20 miles of coastline which are popular nesting locations for turtles (hence then name of the park, which means "turtle catcher" in Spanish).

Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green and Leatherback Turtles all come to the beaches and canal sides of Tortuguero to lay their eggs in Tortuguero.

Leatherback Turtles come between February and April, whilst Green and Hawksbill Turtles have a longer nesting season, stretching from July to October (busiest in August).

Seeing turtles nesting and laying their eggs is normally an after-dark activity and can be one of the highlights of a tour of Costa Rica.

With some luck it is also possible to see turtles hatching and making their way to the sea.

Tortuguero's forests are home to three of Costa Rica's four species of monkey and also to three-toed sloths, jaguars and almost 400 species of birds.

Around one million birds utilise Tortuguero's wetlands every year on their migration.

Cahuita National Park

Located in the south of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast, Cahuita National Park is a small national park close to the otwn of Cahuita.

The Park protects coral reefs and a nesting area for turtles and is close to beach areas such as Punta Cocles and small towns including Manzanillo.

Cahuita National Park is best known for its snorkelling, which is some of the best in Costa Rica, and very close to shore, making this one of the best snorkelling locations in Costa Rica during the dry season.

The coral reefs, although under threat are in reasonable health here, with over 35 species of cotal and and over 100 species of fish commonly found on the reef.

The best time of year to visit Cahuita National Park is between February and April when there is less rain and visibility is normally at its best.

The Park is free to visit and can eaily be combined with a stay at Cocles Beach and a visit to Tortuguero National Park.

Bear in mind that snorkelling is permitted with a guide only in order to help conserve and protect the remaining coral reef.

The walk to the Park from Kelly Creek Station is also an interesting one with plenty of bird species normally on view, including herons, toucans and Ibis.

Bribri People

The Bribri are an indiginous tribe in Costa Rica and Panama, speaking their own language in addition to Spanish and inhabiting the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

It is estimated there are between 11,000 and 35,000 Bribri living in Costa Rica.

The Bribri live a simple life, growing plantain, cacao and bananas and maintaining their ancient traditions.

Bribri society is based on a matrilineal clan system, meaning the role of women is highly valued in Bribri society.

Cacao is a sacred drink in Bribri culture and only women are allowed to prepare the drink.

Shamans also play a very important role in Bribri society and undergo many years of training from when they are children.

Visiting the Bribri

Many projects are in place in this part of Costa Rica to assist the Bribri and volunteers from Costa Rica and around the world are helping to improve prospects for the Bribri.

A day excursion to a Bribri community is a great way to learn something of the traditions of Bribri society, including Cacao production, traditional hunting methods, medicinal plans and the indiginous cuisine.