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Last Minute Holidays to Costa Rica

Central America has plenty of sunshine, but for true tranquility it's got to be Costa Rica every time. This holiday destination has all the heat, laid-back living you need for a last minute break free from fuss, with the added benefit of fun activities like jungle zipline nature trails or horse-riding on the sand.

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Costa Rica is the last minute holiday in the sun you deserve

It takes just shy of 11 hours to fly direct to Costa Rica from UK airports, yet what it offers makes it well worth the trip.

This is a tiny country with a massive heart. Its central sleepy capital, San Jose, is among the more laid-back of city breaks you could imagine, full of colonial architecture and broad smiles. With the Pacific to the west and the Atlantic and Caribbean to the east, it's the natural beaches of Costa Rica that tend to entice.

You can meet the leatherback turtles by the marina of the crescent-shaped coastline of Playa Flamingo, or get back to nature on the secluded shore of Playa de Matapalo by the Rincon de la Vieja volcano. For beach life with a touch of shopping and dining, check out Playa Tamarindo. And when you're ready you can take part in a forest tour to go wildlife-spotting, after all Costa Rica is one of the eco-tourism leaders of the world.

The best time of year to book your last minute holiday

Costa Rica is lovely and hot all year round, yet as a Central American nation, it has two distinct seasons. High season, the country's summertime, is hot and dry, stretching from January to April. The rest of the months are the rainy season for this tropical treasure, and you'll find most holidaymakers head to Costa Rica around May, June and July for a happy compromise. There's no right or wrong answer here though, and remember that a last minute break is classified as one up to eight weeks ahead of the departure date. Keep that in mind for some wiggle room as you make your plans to dash to the sun.

Other last minute holiday destinations

While Costa Rica always impresses, the regions surrounding it are similarly basked in smiles and sunshine that make for sublime last minute holidays. For one thing, you've got the sumptuous Caribbean beckoning you over, as well as the larger than life Latin spirit of Mexico. Last minute breaks to the action and activities of Florida also prove consistently popular.

That said, the serenity of Costa Rica is unlike anywhere else surrounding it, and for a last minute holiday it's hard to beat. Find out more in our travel guide, and browse our recommended hotels below while you plan your escape.

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