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Why Visit Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is small but mighty and has much to offer wildlife-enthusiasts and adventure seekers. You can’t help but feel completely connected to nature, with its lush, wildlife-filled rainforests fringed with wild coastline, offering reef snorkelling, surfing and so much more. Costa Rica’s diverse landscape is home to many indigenous species, which have been fiercely protected as the tourism industry has flourished.
 
Many of the lodges have been carefully constructed around the wildlife’s habitat - what an experience to enjoy your morning coffee whilst watching a sloth in the canopy of the rainforest!

As well as connecting with the wildlife, you can experience the beauty of the landscape in many ways; hiking in the canopy, white water rafting, zip lining and plenty of watersports are on offer, making it a great choice for families with plenty of people to please.
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Eco Tourism Pioneers
Costa Rica has made a name for itself as the ecotourism capital of the world. In its most recent accolade, the country won the very first ‘Earthshot Prize’ for its commitment to ‘protecting and restoring nature’. It won through the success of the ‘Environmental Service Programme' which has helped revive Costa Rica's rainforests, doubling the number of trees and an initiative paying local citizens to restore the natural ecosystems.
Eco Tourism Pioneers
The country’s prize winnings will now focus on strengthening its marine conservation programme; an important project as Costa Rica has over 800 miles of pristine coastline.
Eco Tourism Pioneers
In other laudable eco-news, in 2021 Costa Rica generated over 98% of renewable electricity for the seventh year running, positioning Costa Rica with the highest figure across 34 of the world's most competitive economies. The country is renowned for its pioneering efforts in tackling climate change and green growth and this is another step closer to reaching the country's zero net emissions economy goal by 2050.
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Diverse Landscapes and Wildlife
Travelling inland from the pristine beaches on Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific Ocean coasts, the terrain rises up, with coffee plantations and lush tropical rainforests coating the slopes of volcanoes and mountains.

The Arenal Volcano National Park alone boasts more than 850 species of birds, while you may also encounter jaguar, white-faced capuchin monkey, and the racoon-like coati.
Diverse Landscapes and Wildlife
As Costa Rica is such a tiny country, you won’t waste time travelling from A to B and most of the country’s hotspots are within a 90 minute flight of each other. You really can see it all.
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Wildlife at Your Window
There is a large pool of eco-friendly properties that sit amongst wildlife-filled rainforests, giving you the chance to fully immerse yourself in the country’s wonderful wildlife.
Wildlife at Your Window
One of our favourites, Lapa Rios is surrounded by the rainforests of the Osa Peninsula. 17 private bungalows line the top of the ridges, putting you on the same level as the birds swooping above the forest canopy. Monkey might well chase you along the wooden walkways, and tree frog will jump across your path. The toucan and macaw are the most colourful of neighbours, their bright plumage clearly visible even from some distance away.

Wildlife at Your Window:

Lapa Rios is set in a private nature reserve in the tropical rainforests of the Osa Peninsula, in southern Costa Rica. There are 17 private bungalow lodges to choose from, each offering unfettered access to the surrounding landscape and a sublime luxury eco-lodge experience.
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Family Adventure
Costa Rica lends itself to families seeking adventure. Take a zipline through the rainforest; experience the thrill of white water rafting; swim at the base of a waterfall; hit a hiking trail or encounter the country’s incredible wildlife. The possibilities are endless.
Family Adventure
Playa Cativo Lodge is perfectly positioned for beach activities and rainforest exploration. The lodge is all about barefoot luxury and is a place where you can truly immerse yourself in nature. Walk straight onto the beach and dive under clear waters for reef snorkelling or hit the paddle board and see the reef from a different perspective.
Family Adventure
The lodge is thoughtfully nestled within the Piedras Blancas National Park and you are privileged to stay amongst the 140 mammal species, 390 species of birds, 117 species of reptiles and almost 10,000 species of insects that inhabit the park.

Family Adventure:

Playa Cativo Lodge is one of Costa Rica’s most luxurious waterfront lodges, located on the Golfo Dulce with its own 1,000 acre private reserve. The lodge combines the calm of its beachside location with the wild adventure of the rainforest. This is a beach lodge with a difference.
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Coming soon
Six Senses is bringing its first property to Central America with the opening of Six Senses Papagayo, scheduled for 2022. The site of the resort will stretch from the highest point of the beautiful Peninsula Papagayo, offering 360-degree views of the Guanacaste archipelago, to a forested beachfront with stunning pool villas.
Coming soon
The resort will host Six Senses' signature wellness programme, along with a spa and fitness centre and a variety of activities. An organic farm will be set in the heart of the property, growing fruits, vegetables and herbs to be used in both the chef's menus and signature spa treatments.
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A hugely varied holiday in Costa Rica
‘In addition to the four seasons in an afternoon and more wildlife you can shake a stick at, you get a hugely varied holiday in Costa Rica. We arrived at our first resort across a river in a hanging gondola and exited by raft three days later down grade four rapids. In the intervening time we climbed through the rainforest, discovered many poisonous creatures and abseiled down canyons together. Moving onto a cloud forest, which we learnt is wetter than a rainforest, followed by volcanoes, and then the dry Pacific coast, swimming with turtles and enjoying fantastic fresh seafood as well as cocktails on the beach as the sun went down. All finished off with a stay on a coffee plantation in a house that looked like Frodo lived there. A fantastic and memorable family holiday.’

Mike Oxford & Family
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