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Time Zone

Central Std. Time (GMT-6)

Known for

Rainforests, Adventure, and Biodiverse Wildlife

Official Language

Spanish

Discover the Diverse Sites of Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s motto, pura vida, is a way of life that has the country ranked as one of the happiest and the greenest countries in the world. Tucked between the countries of Nicaragua and Panama and the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica is a land of incredible biodiversity. With volcanoes, cloud forests and tropical wildlife, national parks cover almost a quarter of the country’s land area—the largest percentage of a country in the world. Discover the adventure and eco-tourism capital of Central America from one of our all-inclusive Costa Rica resorts. 

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National Parks

With over 20% of the country’s land designated as national parks, there are plenty of options in Costa Rica.

A great choice to spot exotic wildlife is Palo Verde National Park. In a region of tropical dry forests, this park is a marshy home to wetland bird species as well as scarlet macaws, sloths and monkeys.

Tip: If you’re here for the monkeys, they like to hang out daily at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica.

Costa Rica volcano

Volcanoes

Set along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Costa Rica’s volcanoes are a key part of the country’s landscape. In addition to their natural beauty, the bases of the volcanoes are rich in minerals and great for adventurous exploration.

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Geothermal Wonders

Surrounding the base of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano is a national park with an array of natural, geothermal wonders.

Bring your bathing suit for a day of natural rejuvenation – healing hot springs, mud baths and waterfalls are abundant near our resorts in Costa Rica.

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Rainforests

A full Costa Rican rainforest immersion includes discovering it from the deep canyons to the treetops.

Hike the forest on foot and take a dip in bright blue swimming holes with misty waterfalls. Then, see it all from the top in the rainforest canopy—the richest habitat for plant and animal life.

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Beaches

With coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica has a diverse array of beaches. From sugar sand, black sand, surfing, untouched hideaways to private beaches from one of our luxury resorts in Costa Rica, there’s a beach for every type of traveler in Costa Rica.

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Adventure Hotspots

With volcanoes, rainforests, and miles of coastline, Costa Rica is an adventure traveler's dream with tons of outdoor activities.

This pure adrenaline tour offers horseback riding, white water rafting, zip lining and cliff rappelling all in one day!

golf course overlooking the mountains and ocean

Golf Courses

Costa Rica is quickly becoming a destination for championship golf courses with several along the Pacific Coast and in the capital of San José.

The Arnold Palmer Golf Course is ranked among the "Top 100 Courses Outside the United States" by Golf Digest. Located at the Four Seasons Golf Club, 14 of its 18 holes offer ocean views.

Our Resorts

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Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Costa Rica
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica Costa Rica Set in the cove of Papagayo Bay, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica sits on a black, volcanic sand beach. Surrounded by epic vistas, exotic flora and mountainous rainforests, the resort offers an intimate, relaxing and romantic getaway but only for adults.
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Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica Costa Rica
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica Costa Rica Dreams Las Mareas is the perfect place to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica. After your adventures, Unlimited-Luxury® inclusions provide everything you need to relax, including supervised kids and teens clubs and the largest pool in the Guanacaste region

Events in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is rich in culture and celebrations! Check out these exciting upcoming events near our resorts in Costa Rica.

*Event dates are subject to change

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Fiesta Santa Cruz

January

During the second week of January in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, there's a celebration with folkloric dancing and costumes, a horse parade and Costa Rican bullfights, where no bulls are harmed. The days of celebration end with food, concerts and fireworks.

Baby Sea Turtle

Turtle Release

March - September

Three types of turtles nest on El Jobo beach in Guanacaste. When the baby turtles hatch, guests of Dreams Las Mareas can help the turtles reach the ocean and start their life at sea.

Female Mexican Dancers perfomring with flowing skirts

Guanacaste Day

July 25th

Guanacaste Day commemorates the 1824 annexation of Guanacaste to Costa Rica from Nicaragua. Celebrations include parades, folk dances, music, cattle shows and more.

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National Parks Day

August 24th

Celebration of Costa Rica’s natural splendors and sustainability. Children take the day off school to learn more about protecting Costa Rica’s natural resources.

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Costa Rica’s Independence Day

September 15th

September is a celebration of Costa Rica’s independence from Spain with festivities including food, dancing, music, parades and more.

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