Costa Rican life consists of endless beaches, rainforests, river valleys, and biodiversity all in one place, for the perfect Costa Rica adventure. Many airlines offer non-stop flights, making the trip easier for you.
Whether it’s through the evergreen Monteverde Forest with the Arenal Volcano’s view or through the vibrant jungle canopy, ziplining is very common and one of the most popular activities in the Costa Rican jungle.
Nearly 25% of the country is preserved for national parks and wildlife. It is home to 27 national parks and takes up five percent of the world’s biodiversity. The Los Quetzales National Park allows birdwatchers to get a full aerial view of the various species of birds. Monkeys call the jungle home; so keep an eye out to see these amazing creatures in their own habitat. The Corcovado National Park is another prominent place to visit for frequent whale-watching and dolphin sightings.
Towns such as Samara, Avellanas, and Tamarindo are great places for year-round surfing on these Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The warm water and steady winds combine to make Costa Rica a surfers paradise. Many of the beaches offer boards and lessons for beginners.
The massive Arenal Volcano is one of the most well-known spots in Costa Rica. The surrounding area around the volcano offers kayaking, boating, and paddleboarding. Hot springs and waterfalls are also present, with zip lines and horseback riding available below the volcano summit. Rincon de la Vieja National Park’s centerpiece is another million-year-old volcano that offers views of the Nicoya Peninsula and Lago de Nicaragua.
La Fortuna waterfall by Arenal is an approximated 20-minute hike presenting a massive waterfall with a jungle backdrop. Another favorite is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park in the Northern Plains, offering bright blue waters. Lesser-known waterfalls include Bajos del Tori in the Alajuela province and Catarata del Toro, which plummets into an extinct volcanic crater with aerial views.
Named as a Biosphere Reserve, Rio Pacuare offers a white-water Caribbean experience through the safari-like jungle. According to National Geographic, it is one of the top spots for white-water rafting. The highlight of rafting in the Rio Savegre includes sightings of the jaguars, tapirs, and birds that call this biosphere home.
A 4×4 is recommended for the best driving experience in Costa Rica. The off-beaten paths offer unique views but require vehicles that can make their own path. Driving on the beach is not permitted. Another way to get explore is via horseback.
The majority of shore islands on the Pacific coast are the hot spots for scuba and deep diving. Get up close and personal with various species of sharks, dolphins, and much more. A renowned spot for diving is The Gulf of Papagayo in the Guanacaste province.
Aside from the adventurous and bold activities offered in Costa Rica, yoga retreats are available for leisure in the peaceful surrounding. Nosara is a popular spot located in the Nicoya Peninsula, offering a beachfront area for a relaxing yoga session.
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