Adventures in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Adventure Itinerary
Last week, my family and I got to spend 10 days exploring Costa Rica and had an amazing time. Costa Rican life consists of endless beaches, rainforests, river valleys, and biodiversity all in one place, allowing different types of adventure around every corner. Many airlines offer non-stop routes to this country, making trips easier for people and travel more accessible!
Here are just a few of the adventures you can have in Costa Rica!
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 tourist 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 are very apparent in the jungles as well. 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 wind combo make Costa Rica a surfing 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 is often used for kayaking, boating, and paddle-boarding. 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.
The natural hot springs with a green background provide geothermal waters heated by the volcano. The springs have been utilized for therapeutic healing in addition to simply relaxing in the tropics.
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 coming into contact with the jaguars, tapirs, and birds that pass by the riverside.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Located in the country's central highlands, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a paradise for nature lovers. Embark on guided hikes through the misty cloud forest, walk along suspension bridges for a bird's-eye view, and spot exotic wildlife like howler monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds.
The 4x4 is recommended for the best driving experience throughout Costa Rica. The off-beaten paths present unique views but require vehicles that can beat their own path. Driving on the beach, however, is not permitted. Another favorite way for locals to get around is via horseback.
The majority of shore islands on the Pacific coast are the hub spots for scuba and deep diving, offering plenty of sea diversity with various species of sharks, dolphins, and much more. A renowned spot for divers 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 surroundings.
Have additional questions about visiting Costa Rica? Reach out to me about your next adventure?
My name is Meredith Strack -- Adventure and Family Travel Advisor
Meredith loves the excitement of planning travel adventures! She is married and has three young children, ages 3, 5, and 6. She has traveled coast to coast through the United States, and has slept in 47 different states. She has visited 27 countries on 6 different continents, and can't wait to add more to her list each year. Her bucket list includes seeing each of the
7 New World Wonders, and she is so close to completing the challenge!
Meredith specializes in Caribbean/Mexico, European, and Alaskan/Hawaiian experiences.