Latin America

Costa Rica

Nature’s Candy Store

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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica has become one of the most popular outdoor adventure destinations in the Americas- and for good reason: with features such as pristine beaches, volcanic highlands, white-water rivers, and an abundance of wildlife, the options are nearly limitless.

However, as Costa Rica’s popularity has grown, so too has the challenge of finding secret spots. With knowledge gained from our 35 years of direct, in-country experience and long-standing local partnerships, we carefully select destinations and activities that avoid the main tourist routes.

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Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Thomson Experiences in Costa Rica

Zip lines and miles of hanging catwalks suspended high within the rainforest “canopy” put you at eye level with monkeys, parrots, and toucans;charge down a set of rapids in a white-water raft; cast for tarpon in a Caribbean estuary or land a marlin in the Pacific.
Board a sleek catamaran, slip out onto the Pacific for a serene sunset sail, and catch the Green Flash as the last sliver of sun blinks below the horizon. Visit a flower garden where glittering butterflies flutter by before lightly landing on your hand, head, toes, or nose.
Volcanos, calderas, turquoise lakes, and waterfalls; rural villages with churches, crafts, colorful markets, and children playing soccer;pristine beaches, palms, and pelicans, sand, surf, and the Green Flash at sunset.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Costa Rica is like a candy store: home to roughly 200 species of mammals and 850 species of birds. You’ll be amazed by this dazzling diversity and mesmerized by the seemingly magical skills with which your private, in-country naturalist guide locates and identifies Costa Rica’s creatures.

Favorite Properties

In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.

Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge

Limon Province

Tucked deep within 25,000 acres of pristine, protected Costa Rican rain forest the platform bungalows at Pacuare Lodge blend beautifully with the rich surroundings on the exterior, yet surprise with luxury and comfort inside. With minimal environmental impact and no electricity in the bungalows, the lodge was built to enhance the experience with nature and create an intimate, luxurious experience in the middle of the rainforest.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge

Osa Peninsula

An intimate jungle retreat, this upscale eco resort is located in the wildest region of Costa Rica on a private nature reserve. 16 thatched bungalow-style rooms offer a magnificent combination of forest and sea views designed to preserve and highlight the area’s biodiversity.

Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido

Bagaces County

Located in a 600 acre private reserve between two deep canyons, Rio Perdido effortlessly combines the natural surroundings of the dry topical forest with a luxurious guest experience. A modern twist on forest dwellings, each room is suspended above the ground. Through proper insulation and designed specifically for natural airflow, the lodge avoids wasting precious energy while only enhancing the sights and sounds of the surrounding forest.

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
-Ibn Battuta