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Exploring Adventurous Things to Do in Costa Rica

Anyone seeking amazing adventure activities in Costa Rica should consider adventure tours. Such opportunities allow curious travelers to get acquainted with the country’s natural wonders and biggest landmarks while benefiting from professional guidance and transportation. 

The amazing variety of activities available in this beautiful country places Costa Rica among the top adventure destinations in the world. Here is a list of the must-try tours.

Zip Lining Over Lush Rainforests

Zip lines go over some of Costa Rica’s biggest natural treasures, including its phenomenal cloud forests, and provide excellent options for exciting day trips.

If you’re going on a Costa Rica adventure tour for the very first time, zip-lining should be the number one option to consider. For many, this adventure is a rite of passage that opens the “gates” to numerous other wild adventures in the lush jungles of Costa Rica.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve is one of the top zip-lining destinations in Costa Rica. The cable system consists of multiple lines, the longest one spanning across 0.5 miles (770 meters). Suspension bridges and an observation tower are part of the experience, allowing you to slow down and explore the beauty of the rainforest canopy from above, at your own pace.

Arenal Volcano National Park also has exceptional zip-lining opportunities that countries other than Costa Rica simply can’t offer.

Keep in mind there may be age restrictions for some of the facilities. Usually, zip-lining opportunities in Costa Rica are available for kids aged eight and older. However, some of the shorter and less challenging routes may be open for families with five-year-old kids and older.

Bridge in Monteverde rainforest in Costa Rica

Active Volcano Exploration (Arenal Volcano and Beyond)

Arenal Volcano has already been mentioned but it deserves some special consideration. The Arenal Volcano National Park offers a lot more than zip lining. Trekking to the youngest and most active Costa Rican volcano is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Costa Rica has 67 volcanoes, six of which are still active. Arenal Volcano National Park is the top destination for volcanic exploration because it’s a place like no other.

For a start, you can acquaint yourself with the region’s exquisite nature. The park is home to various incredible creatures – the exotic wildlife includes capuchin monkeys, parrot snakes, jaguars, deer, tapirs, and others. The flora is spectacular and various unique or even endangered species can be observed along its trails.

The numerous hiking trails create the perfect opportunity to walk over old lava rocks. Keep in mind, however, that some trails are of moderate difficulty due to the presence of several steeper regions. Having some hiking experience and a good pair of hiking shoes will be essential to enjoy the opportunity in a safe, wholesome way.

For those who don’t have a ton of experience, Costa Rica has another opportunity worth checking out. Irazu Volcano gives you the chance to reach the crater of an active volcano following a fairly easy walk.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Whitewater Rafting for All Levels of Experience

White-water rafting in Costa Rica is a super intense adventure due to its merciless rapids. There are several destinations throughout the country that will challenge and excite even the most experienced of rafters.

Costa Rica’s Penas Blancas River however is a good rafting destination for beginners. If you’re looking for a challenge, try Pacuare River. Pacuare is considered one of the top rafting destinations in the world because of the incredible canyons and spectacular cascades along the route.

The best period for rafting in Costa Rica is June to October. That’s when the experience is going to be at its highest intensity. If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly adventure, visit Costa Rica in any other month of the year.

Costa Rica’s Surfing and Beach Sports

With so many stunning beaches, Costa Rica is a great destination for surfing and practicing water sports. Various beach towns offer water sports opportunities, including surfing lessons for newbies interested in trying this kind of thrill.

Beach sports can be practiced on many beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, especially in Tamarindo, Jaco on the Central Pacific Coast, Puerto Viejo, and Dominical.

Surfers enjoy Costa Rica’s waves year-round and the infrastructure is excellent. The Caribbean Coast offers excellent opportunities from October to April (the dry season). If you’re visiting during the rainy season (May to November), head to the Pacific Coast for the best experience.

Man Surfing

Coral Reef Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

The coral reefs and beautiful little bays make Costa Rica a great destination for scuba diving or snorkeling adventures.

National Geographic has already reported on Costa Rica’s efforts to protect the invaluable coral reefs and they seem to be paying off. Local organizations are focusing on the local natural treasures, some of which are thousands of years old.

If you’re interested in underwater observation, choose a Costa Rican destination like Cahuita National Park, El Bajo del Diablo, The Coral Gardens, Paraiso, Catalina Islands, or the Gulf of Papagayo. The depth varies from one spot to another, so pick your diving spot according to your experience level.

Book Your Adventure Tours with Our Help

The abundant wildlife of this amazing country, the various adventure vacation packages, the splendid boat rides, and many opportunities for adrenaline junkies and water sports enthusiasts mean you’ll never get bored when visiting Costa Rica.

Whether you want to discover natural wonders or try your hand at fun activities during your stay, we recommend doing this with the help of a tour guide. Good adventure tours in Costa Rica can be pinpointed through the assistance of reputable concierge services.

Monkey in Costa Rica

Tamarindo Luxury Villas has a comprehensive concierge solution for all of your vacation needs. Our concierge’s primary goal would be to make sure you’re having the best time in Costa Rica. This means helping you get in touch with knowledgeable guides and developing action-packed adventure days that match your preferences and experience level.

A good value-packed itinerary features both the popular adventures and the little-known activities that dig deep into the heart of authentic Costa Rica (while helping adventurers stay away from the large tourist crowds). 

Get in touch with our concierge service and you’ll get plenty of opportunities and suggestions to enjoy memorable day tours and adventures.

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