Costa Rica is a small country but is super big on natural beauty, sunshine, relaxing atmosphere, and sun-kissed beaches. It is one of the greatest destinations to unwind and relax. But not everyone comes to Costa Rica looking for lazy fun. Some also like to do adrenaline pumping outdoor activities or find a balance between the two.
So if you are one of these people, then this article is the perfect place to start. Here we list some of the best adventure activities that you can do in Costa Rica. Read on to know more about planning your trip.
Zipline through a rainforest
If you thought hiking through the forest is the only way to experience its lush greenery, then you probably didn’t read the word adventure yet! You can now zipline through the rainforests, flying over its pristine landscape, suspended high above the ground. The activity is super fun and super safe that gives you the best of speed and height to get your heart pumping!
White water rafting
White water rafting is one of the most thrilling adventure sports out there. Imagine being in the open waters, fighting the Grade V rapids as you safely maneuver your raft. It is like a roller coaster ride, only in nature! However, don’t worry if you are doing this activity for the first time. You can also practice your hands at class I to III level rapids that are beginner friendly. Costa Rica is blessed with beautiful rivers that gives you tons of opportunities to get out there and experience the true wilderness.
With plenty of beaches, surfing is one of the most popular sports in Costa Rica. There are number of great locations where you can learn or simply ride the waves on your own. While there are many places where you can try surfing, Jaco is known to be a popular surf destination with excellent opportunities for both experts and beginners alike. If you are planning to take up surfing or just want to practice your skills, then head to any surf school along the beach and get started.
Trek up to an active volcano
Hiking is a popular adventure activity in Costa Rica that takes you through the wilderness and at the top of Arenal Volcano in Arenal National Park. Located at an altitude of 5436m, it offers some amazing views of the countryside and the tropical rainforest. Since it is easily accessible, it can get incredibly crowded at times. So if you are looking to hike away from the crowds, you can consider going to Turrialba Volcano instead. This one is located near San Jose and a bit trickier to access. As a result, many tourists often avoid going to this place. This highly active volcano also gives spectacular views after a 3-hour long arduous hike to the top.
Go deep inside the ocean
No trip to Costa Rica is complete unless you explore its underwater world. With its turquoise crystal clear waters, it is perfect for snorkelling. Just off the coast, you will be able to spot plenty of colourful fishes, sea turtles, hammered shark and more. However, if you want to go deeper inside the water, then consider going to Cano Island Bio Reserve that offers you the best snorkelling in the country. There are number of tour operators that can facilitate a day-trip to this place. Here you may even get to swim with the whales!
Explore the best Deep Sea Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing In Costa Rica is considered amongst the best in the world. For a small country, its reputation for fishing precedes the destination. As a result, many people come looking for this adventure and often go back with tons of stories to tell! It doesn’t matter if you are going for inshore fishing or offshore fishing, Costa Rica will be able to give you the best experience. Thanks to its rich coastal ecosystems, the sportfishing potential in this country are huge. Needless to say, the country attracts millions of early anglers to its shores from all over the world who are looking to put their skill to test in the big-fish game. Blue Marlins is one of the most sought after amongst anglers because it the hardest to catch. So if you want to add a bit of challenge to your fishing, then this is the place to be!
Costa Rica is blessed with natural beauty and plenty of fun things to do that will make your trip an amazingly memorable one. So find your adventure from this list and design a trip that you won’t forget for years to come. Be sure to check out at least a few, if not all, of these activities.
By Nancy Ahuja
who is a fitness and nutrition expert and freelance blogger. She loves to write on food, health and travel.
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