A Costa Rican Adventure
Updated: Jun 10
Today we are sharing about a destination that is so close to our hearts! Costa Rica is high up on our bucket list, and we hope to experience all that it has to offer very soon. The Costa Rican environment consists of endless beaches, rainforests, river valleys, and biodiversity all in one place, allowing different types of adventure around every corner. Let’s peek into the different things you can do while enjoying an adventure-packed vacation to Costa Rica!
Ziplining the Forest
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 entire world's biodiversity. The Los Quetzales National Park allows birdwatchers to enjoy many species of birds, while the Corcovado National Park is a great place for whale-watching and frequent dolphin sightings. Monkeys are plentiful throughout the jungles all over the country, and that is only the beginning of the kaleidoscope of creatures to observe.
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.
Hiking a Volcano
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 paddleboarding. Hot springs and waterfalls are abundant, 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.
Enjoying Jungle Tranquility
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 simple relaxation 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 amazing views.
Rafting Down the Rio
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. At the Rio Savegre, the highlight of rafting includes coming into contact with the jaguars, tapirs, and birds that pass by the riverside.
Driving the Jungles
The 4x4 is recommended for the best driving experience throughout Costa Rica. The “off-the-beaten-path” routes present unique views but require vehicles that can beat their own path. (Another favorite way for locals to “drive” around is via horseback!)
Many of the off-shore islands on the Pacific Coast side are hubs 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.
Taking a Yoga Retreat
Aside from the adventurous and bold activities offered in Costa Rica, yoga retreats are available for leisure in the peaceful surrounding. Nosara is a popular spot located in the Nicoya Peninsula, displaying a beachfront area for a serene yoga session.
Costa Rica has such a good mix of adventures met with tranquility! From hiking through jungles to relaxing in hot springs near the volcanoes, we want to try it all! Have you ever been to Costa Rica? If so, we’d love to hear from you so that we can add all your favorite things to our bucket list itinerary.