Costa Rica is a tropical paradise located between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, with a combo of extreme adventure and nature wonders. There are lots of fun things to do in Costa Rica, so let´s start with the following adrenaline boosting things to do in Costa Rica!
The perfect adrenaline rush! White water rafting in Costa Rica is one of the most exciting and thrilling outdoor things to do during your travel. Rapids are far faster than your "usual" rafting river and the scenery is just spectacular. You will go through stunning canyons and spot wildlife while cruising fast flowing waters in the most beautiful rafting rivers in Costa Rica. Our favorite rafting in Costa Rica is Pacuare River, deemed by National Geographic as one of the 10 best rafting rivers in the world, but rivers such as Sarapiqui, Balsa and Toro offer great experiences as well.
If your dream has always been to fly, make it happen with zip lining! This is one of the many fun things to do in Costa Rica: you will slide through metal cables in your safety equipment. You’ll fly over the treetops with the perfect view of the forest and its exuberant vegetation; you’ll even pass over rivers and waterfalls depending upon your adventure zone. There are many spots around the country to experience this adventure but Wikol recommends Monteverde, Rio Perdido and Arenal because of their beautiful landscape. (check our E-Book on How to Choose Wisely for more ideas)
Costa Rica is known as a surfer´s paradise: in 2016 the country will once again host the World Surfing Championship. You may be an experienced surfer or a beginner that needs guidance and coaching. The variety of Costsa Rica beaches is so large, both at the Pacific and Caribbean, that surfing options are offered for all categories:
Beginners and intermediates: we recommend taking surf lessons with a private instructor who will teach you all the tips on the waves. Beaches for this category are Manuel Antonio, Tamarindo and Playa Islita.
Countless rivers, mangroves and lakes in Costa Rica offer great exploration zones to see wildlife, both above and under sea level. You may choose to use either an individual kayak or a double one. We recommend sightseeing with a group led by an expert who knows the area. Among the highlights are the Tortuguero Canals, the mangroves at Tamarindo and Osa Peninsula, which combine salt water and river water.
Canyoning is one of the most adrenaline boosting things to do in Costa Rica. It is basically a rappel done down canyons and waterfalls. You get wet and the rush is probably even greater than a zip lining tour. Best places in Costa Rica to do canyoning: Pacuare Lodge and Arenal.
Many of the islands, reefs, caves and rocks that lie off the coast, provide excellent places for underwater exploration. Without a doubt the best scuba diving in Costa Rica takes places at Cocos Island, Isla del Cano and Murcielagos Island. For snorkeling: Isla del Cano and Cahuita.
Nature hiking is one of the top two fun things to do in Costa Rica. With just 51,100 km2 of land area, Costa Rica is considered one of the 20 most biodiverse countries in the world and its more than 500,000 species represent about 6% of total estimated worldwide species.
Yes, we know it is hard to choose. If you want to make your vacation planning easier, you may as well contact your favorite Costa Rica Travel Agent (us, of course!) and create a personalized Costa Rica Vacation Package that will suit all your wants and needs. .