Costa Rica is a small country with a lot to offer such as beaches, mountains, plains, rain forests, dry forests, cloud forests and many more. Because of the diversity of the country, Costa Rica has many opportunities to practice adventure activities.
Here you can read about the five most popular adventure activities in Costa Rica.
No. 1 Zip Line
“Fly” through the forest with a canopy (zip line) tour. The canopy tour allows you to “fly” from tree to tree on a cable between the trees. Each tree has a platform where a guide will help you secure your safety on the cable.
The best places for this activity are Monteverde, La Fortuna and Rincon de la Vieja.
No. 2 White Water Rafting
White water rafting is one of the most popular adventure sports in Costa Rica. It is an activity where your adrenaline will reach the top.
In Costa Rica there are several rivers that are perfect for all kinds of rafting.
If you are a beginner you can visit the Savegre River, Balsa River, Tenorio River, Colorado River, Sarapiqui River or Pejibaje river. All these rivers are suitable for families traveling with children that want to do this activity.
If you are looking for more adventure you can visit the Pacuare River, Naranjo River, Toro River or Cucaracho River. These Rivers are for people who already have previous experience and for those who love adventure.
The rafting trips are safe and are always accompanied by an expert guide who will give you strict instructions that must be followed for a successful tour. In addition there is also a safety kayak to rescue people if they fall off.
No. 3 Canyoneering
Canyoneering is one of the most liked activities, despite it not being as popular as rafting and canopy tours. Canyoneering consists of descending from waterfalls in tropical forests canyons, using different techniques that may include walking, climbing, jumping, abseiling and even swimming. There are several places where you can do this activity. Our recommendation is to do this activity in La Fortuna near the Arenal volcano or in Turrialba located in the province of Cartago.
No. 4 Hikes and Treks in the forests of Costa Rica
Hiking and Trekking are very popular in Costa Rica and the advantage of this adventure activity is that they can adapt to all types of travellers; from light and short walks to strong and multi-day walks. The national parks and protected reserves of Costa Rica have trails suitable for hiking. These hikes are generally for the observation of flora and fauna. The hikes in the national parks and private reserves can be from 1 hour to several hours, depending on the skill and preference of the hiker.
The most popular national parks for hiking are Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Corcovado National Park, Private Reserve Monteverde Cloud Forest and Private Reserve La Marta.
There are also routes for treks that last several days. One of the most popular is the Sukia route, which begins in the mountains of Cerro de la Muerte and descends through the forest towards the central Pacific coast. These routes are accompanied by expert local guides who know the area very well and everything you need to have a pleasant time in the mountains.
No. 5 Surfing at the beaches of Costa Rica
Costa Rica has a coastline of 1,228 km, of which 1,016 km on the Pacific coast and 212 km on the Caribbean coast.
The coast provinces in Pacific Costa Rica are Puntarenas and Guanacaste and the coast province in the Caribbean is Limon. These three provinces offer excellent beaches for surfing.
If you are a beginner and want to learn how to surf, we recommend you to take classes in Playa Samara in Guanacaste or at Jaco Beach in Puntarenas.
For advanced and professional surfers we recommend Naranjo beach (Roca Bruja) in Guanacaste and Playa Hermosa in Puntarenas.
There are also beaches with unique features, like Pavones Beach, where you can find waves with one of the greatest lengths in the world.
A popular spot among surfers in the Caribbean is Salsa Brava, near the coastal town of Puerto Viejo.