There is so much to do in Costa Rica! With its gorgeous landscape, beaches, and waterfalls, it’s a destination that is ripe for exploration. Outdoor activities abound. Whether you’re an adventurous spirit or just looking to relax in a beautiful setting, you’ll have your choice of laid-back fun or challenging excitement.

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Adventure Calls

Zip-line through the trees in the Papagayo area. You’ll see monkeys playing in the trees while you enjoy an exhilarating ride above the canopy. Other great zip-line areas are Monteverde, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio. If you’re feeling energetic, you may find tours that combine zip-lining, horseback riding, and hot springs all in one day.

You can find a variety of challenging levels for family-friendly zip-lining. In any case, everyone will enjoy the birds and monkeys that’ll be watching.

Whitewater Rafting

The adventurous will thrill at a chance to ride the rivers in a raft, whether a beginner or a seasoned rafter. The calm of the Corobici allows viewing of wildlife that sits along the shores and is great for beginners. Excitement-lovers can thrill to the Pacuare River, with roller coaster rapids and adrenaline rushes galore.

Snorkeling and Diving

Scuba diving in the warm Caribbean waters adds more fun to this underwater sport. Underwater life abounds in the waters near Manzanillo. Snorkeling and diving opportunities are plentiful at Catalina Islands, Tortuguero, and the Gulf of Papagayo.


There are so many places in Costa Rica to embark on an amazing hike. From beaches to tropical rainforests, you can go with a tour or explore on your own. The Arenal Volcano is a very popular destination and is on the list of many who visit Costa Rica. It was an active volcano until 2010 but has entered a resting stage; visitors can now do abundant activities there. Arenal offers hiking, fishing, and river rafting opportunities.

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

Hike the trails or take a tour of this 34,800-acre national park. It’s home to an intriguing combination of volcanic geological wonders and pristine tropical forests. Rincon de la Vieja, a cinder cone volcano over 6,000 feet wide, is the main attraction. It is one of nine craters that dot the park and provides a combination of natural geological wonders. Waterfalls, swimming holes, and bubbling pools of mud await visitors. At present, however, due to eruptions, no visitors can hike the crater.

You can also take a tour of the park, which typically lasts 2.5 to 3 hours.

Places to Stay

Make sure to check out some of the Costa Rica beach resorts that will put you right where it’s all happening. You can often find a resort that offers you so much adventure and fun that you won’t feel like leaving. Although, resist this urge and make sure you explore!

The Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo is popular with first-time visitors to Costa Rica. It offers a relaxed and casual beach vibe to solo travelers, groups, and families. There’s a great swim-up pool bar and well-appointed suites.

The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo is a great choice, as you’ll be right on the beach, nestled in luxury on a pristine 1,400-acre private peninsula. It’s also pet-friendly if Rover is along for your Costa Rico adventure.

If traveling with family, enjoy Ponderosa Adventure Park as well as other milder adventures, such as relaxing by the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Whichever way you enjoy it, Costa Rica offers much to discover.

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